Tom Waits

Tom Waits : The Underwear of Strangers

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This study of Tom Waits places this maverick artist in the context of American culture, drawing on original research and exclusive interviews. It examines his career, from Waits's Californian childhood to his influential presence in the contemporary music scene. Since the release of Waits's first LP, "Closing Time" (1973), his work has been a journey through wildly different musical landscapes. Always an innovative writer, he has drawn on America's diverse musical traditions and also on literature, theatre and film. His sense of theatre has led Waits from early, jazzy stand-up monologues to a collaboration with Robert Wilson and William Burroughs, "The Black Rider", via the noir masterpiece "Small Change", movie soundtracks and acting roles in films by Robert Altman ("Short Cuts"), Jim Jarmusch's ("Down By Law") and Francis Ford Coppola's ("Rumble Fish"). Duncan Webster is the author of "Looka Yonder!: The Imaginary America of Populist Culture".show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 8pp b&w photographs
  • 0747534055
  • 9780747534051