Tom Waits on Tom Waits
ebook ∣ Interviews and Encounters
By Paul Maher
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This autobiographical portrait of Tom Waits takes shape through a selection of more than 50 interviews. Starting with the first interviewon KPFK-FM’s Folkscene in 1973Waits speaks out on a variety of topics and shares something truly unique with his readers. In a rap that is a synthesis of inflectionsLouis 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. BurroughsWaits 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.