Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom WaitsPaperback
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- Publisher: FABER & FABER
- Format: Paperback | 640 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 39mm | 492g
- Publication date: 1 May 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0571235530
- ISBN 13: 9780571235537
- Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports.
- Sales rank: 54,295
Spanning Tom Waits' extraordinary 40-year career, from "Closing Time" to "Orphans", "Lowside of the Road" is Barney Hoskyns' unique take on one of rock's great enigmas. Like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Waits is a chameleonic survivor who's achieved long-term success while retaining cult credibility and outsider mystique. From his perilous 'jazzbo' years in '70s Los Angeles to the multiple-Grammy winner of recent years - by way of such shape-shifting '80s albums as Swordfishtrombones - this exhaustive biography charts Waits' life step-by-step and album-by-album. Affectionate and penetrating, and based on a combination of assiduous research and deep critical insight, this is a outstanding investigation of a notoriously private artist and performer - the definitive account to date of Tom Waits' life and work.
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Barney Hoskyns is the co-founder of online rock-journalism library Rock's Backpages, journalist for Uncut, The Observer Music Monthly and other UK publications, and author of several books including Waiting for the Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes, & the Sound of Los Angeles (1996), and Hotel California: Singer-Songwriters & Cocaine Cowboys in the LA Canyons (2005). He lives in London.