Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits

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Broadway Books, 2010 - 609 стор.
With his trademark growl, carnival-madman persona, haunting music, and unforgettable lyrics, Tom Waits is one of the most revered and critically acclaimed singer-songwriters alive today. After beginning his career on the margins of the 1970s Los Angeles rock scene, Waits has spent the last thirty years carving out a place for himself among such greats as Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Like them, he is a chameleonic survivor who has achieved long-term success while retaining cult credibility and outsider mystique. But although his songs can seem deeply personal and somewhat autobiographical, fans still know very little about the man himself. Notoriously private, Waits has consistently and deliberately blurred the line between fact and fiction, public and private personas, until it has become impossible to delineate between truth and self-fabricated legend.

Lowside of the Road is the first serious biography to cut through the myths and make sense of the life and career of this beloved icon. Barney Hoskyns has gained unprecedented access to Waits's inner circle and also draws on interviews he has done with Waits over the years. Spanning his extraordinary forty-year career from Closing Time to Orphans, from his perilous "jazzbo" years in 1970s LA to such shape-shifting albums as Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs to the Grammy Award winners of recent years, this definitive biography charts Waits's life and art step by step, album by album.

Barney Hoskyns has written a rock biography--much like the subject himself--unlike any other. It is a unique take on one of rock's great enigmas.
 

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Рецензія користувача  - nmele - LibraryThing

The further I read in Hoskyns biography, the more I was reminded of A.J. Weberman, the guy who spent years digging through Bob Dylan's trash and analyzing it. I was surprised when, a few pages before ... Читати огляд повністю

LOWSIDE OF THE ROAD: A Life of Tom Waits

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The bard of musical lowlife receives a sometimes ill-tempered biography.British music journalist Hoskyns has long been an astute chronicler of Los Angeles rock; Hotel California (2006) briefly ... Читати огляд повністю

Зміст

WASTED AND WOUNDED
1
Some Ways about Me that Just Arent Right
3
Home Ill Never Be
28
Understanding Sympathy and Encouragement
59
In Character
98
KneeDeep in Grunge
136
Real Romantic Dreamers Stuck in the Wrong Time Zone
174
Ready to Scream
212
Something for All the Family
326
In a Suit When You Dream
354
Bones Cemeteries and Dirty Blood
377
The Crooked Tree and the Straight Tree
408
Rust Never Sleeps
435
Hes Not There
467
Take It with Me When I Go
494
Waits Greatest Tracks A Top 40
503

Lucky Guy
241
B E HiND THE MULE 1 Trying to Arrive at Some Type of Cathartic Epiphany in Terms of My Bifocals
275
Wreck Collections
300
Acknowledgements
511
Index
575
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Barney Hoskyns is cofounder and editorial director of the online rock-journalism library Rock's Backpages (www.rocksbackpages.com), and author of several books including Across the Great Divide: The Band and America (1993), Hotel California: Singer-Songwriters and Cocaine Cowboys in the LA Canyons (2005), and the newly reissued Waiting for the Sun: A Rock and Roll History of Los Angeles. A former U.S. correspondent for Mojo, Hoskyns writes for Uncut, the Observer Music Monthly, and other U.K. publications, and has contributed to Vogue, Rolling Stone, and GQ. He lives in southwest London.

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