Tom Waits on Tom Waits by Paul Maher Jr.
Interviews and Encounters (Musicians in Their Own Words)

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This autobiographical portrait of Tom Waits takes shape through a selection of more than 50 interviews. Starting with the first interview—on KPFK-FM’s Folkscene in 1973—Waits speaks out on a variety of topics and shares something truly unique with his readers. In a rap that is a synthesis of inflections—Louis Armstrong, Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain, hobo, pool hall attendant, vaudevillian huckster, musicologist par excellence, and a fresh slathering of the organic word-ooze of William S. Burroughs—Waits comes across as well read, informed, and lucidly aware of current pop culture. He delivers prose as crafted, poetic, potent, brilliant, and haunting as the lyrics of his best songs.

 

About Paul Maher Jr.

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Paul Maher Jr. is the author of Jack Kerouac's American Journey and Kerouac: His Life and Work, editor of Empty Phantoms, and coeditor (with Michael K. Dorr) of Miles on Miles.
 
Published August 1, 2011 by Chicago Review Press. 480 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In fact, editor Maher (Jack Kerouac’s American Journey, 2007, etc.) has been beaten to the punch by Mac Montandon’s Innocent When You Dream: The Tom Waits Reader (2005), which brought together many of the best pieces on Waits from top-flight periodicals.

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Tom Waits on Tom Waits runs a bit long at some 480 pages, and some of the interviews seemed to be the same one liners, the same revelations and as rehashed as the soup in an all night diner, but they do form a picture of this one of a kind artist and his 40 year career in music.

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I am writing this review of Tom Waits on Tom Waits in the middle of a seedy, weedy garden with a cheap assed Casio Keyboard, a guitar with broken strings, sitting in a lawn chair that has seen better days and was trailer park chic when it was new.

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I am writing this review of Tom Waits on Tom Waits in the middle of a seedy, weedy garden with a cheap assed Casio Keyboard, a guitar with broken strings, sitting in a lawn chair that has seen better days and was trailer park chic when it was new.

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"Just remember, I'm a rumor in my own time," Tom Waits tells Robert Ward in a 1976 interview for Syracuse New Times, touring behind his third LP, Nighthawks at the Diner.

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In "Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters," editor Paul Maher Jr.

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