Tom Waits on Tom Waits
Tom Waits on Tom Waits
Interviews and Encounters

Edited by Paul Maher Jr.

Tom Waits, even with his barnyard growl and urban hipster yawp, may just be what the Daily Telegraph calls him: "the greatest entertainer on Planet Earth." Over a span of almost four decades, he has transformed his music and persona, not to suit the times, but his whims. Along with Bob Dylan, he stands as an elder statesman still capable of putting out music that matters.

            Journalists intent upon cracking the code are more likely to come out of a Waits interview with anecdotes about the weather, insects, or medieval medicine. Waits comes across as well-read, informed, and lucidly aware of current pop culture. He is, in essence, the teacher we wished we had.

            Tom Waits on Tom Waits is a selection of over 50 interviews from the more than 500 available. Its pages do not attempt to cover every facet of his career, but instead illustrate Waits through the years, and feature interviews in which Waits shared something truly unique with his readers. Prolific interviewer that he is, Waits delivers prose as crafted, poetic, potent, brilliant, and haunting as the lyrics of his best songs. In addition, these interviews, taken together, provide a kind of autobiography of a notoriously guarded artist.

Title Tom Waits on Tom Waits
Subtitle Interviews and Encounters
Edited by Paul Maher Jr.
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Title First Published 01 July 2011
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 480 p.
ISBN-10 1569763127
ISBN-13 9781569763124
Publication Date 01 August 2011
Main content page count 480
Weight 16 oz.

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