Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters

Chicago Review Press, 1 . 2011 . - 480 .

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. But along with Bob Dylan, he stands as one of the last elder statesmen 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. He is, in essence, the teacher we wished we had, dispensing insights such as: &Vocabulary is my main instrument;& &We all like music, but what we really want is for music to like us;& &Anything you absorb you will ultimately secrete;& &Growth is scary, because you're a seed and you're in the dark and you don't know which way is up, and down might take you down further into a darker place . . .;& and&There is no such thing as nonfiction. . . . People who really know what happened aren't talking. And the people who don't have a clue, you can't shut them up.&

Tom Waits on Tom Waits is a selection of over fifty interviews from the more than five hundred available. Here Waits delivers prose as crafted, poetic, potent, and haunting as the lyrics of his best songs.

 

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LibraryThing Review

  - JosephLYoung - LibraryThing

Tom Waits on Tom Waits by Paul Maher. On paper the idea of publishing a sequential series of personal interviews of Tom Waits sounds intriguing but, in practice it suffered from terminal redundancy ...

TOM WAITS ON TOM WAITS: Interviews and Encounters

  - Kirkus

The singer-songwriter-actor-playwright with a rare gift of gab gets a second anthology of interviews.Given the richness of Tom Waits' nearly 40-year career and his unique gifts as a word-drunk ...



January 13 1974From Bouncing to Hooting to Playing the Road
12
The Heart of Saturday Night 1974
27
The Beats Go On
39
Small Change 1976
63
December 30 1976The Ramblin Street Life Is the Good Life for Tom Waits
77
November 13 1977A Rumor in My Spare Time
93
January 23 1979Tom Waits for No One
107
Heartattack and Vine 1980
113
Swordfishtrombones 1983
129
Rain Dogs 1985
151
Late 1985Rain Dogs Tourbook
164
Franks Wild Years 1987
181

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Paul Maher Jr. is an author and an editor. He is the author of Jack Kerouac's American Journey and Kerouac: His Life and Work, the editor of Empty Phantoms: Interviews and Encounters with Jack Kerouac, and a coeditor of Miles on Miles: Interviews and Encounters with Miles Davis. He lives in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.