(pic by Anton Corbijn)
We are immensely proud to announce that Tom Waits is now formally a 2011 inductee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Waits was selected amongst a group which includes songwriter and performer Neil Diamond, New Orleans legend Dr. John, Darlene Love, The Alice Cooper Band and more. As the Hall Of Fame writes about Waits: “Beginning with his first album in 1973, Tom Waits has carved out a unique place in rock & roll. His music mixes Chicago blues, parlor ballads, beat poetry, pulp fiction parlance and – when you least expected it – heart-breaking tenderness. His enormously influential live shows combine elements of German cabaret, vaudeville and roadhouse rock.” You can read the rest of their description here. Read More
We would like to tip you to one of our very favorite artists. Her name is Marguerite Brennan and she is the featured artist at Wallflowers Gallery in Bernardsville New Jersey. To see more images just click here. Read More
This Saturday marks the birthday of celebrated New Jersey singer Southside Johnny. As a tribute from Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan and Anti-Records, we offer the above clip featuring a moving duet between Southside Johnny and Tom Waits performing the song “Walk Away” from Waits’ album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards.
And as we head into the Holiday season, know that there are still a limited number of rare red vinyl editions of Tom Waits’ classic Asylum albums; Closing Time, The Heart of Saturday Night, Nighthawks at the Diner and Small Change. Order any of these by December 18th and the packages should arrive by December 24. They are available at the Tom Waits store here. Read More
With the book Hard Ground, to be released March 2011, the haunting and impassioned poetry of Tom Waits’ accompanies striking images by award winning photojournalist Michael O’Brien (who shot the Glitter And Doom album cover) to create a portrait of homelessness that impels us to look into the eyes of people who live “on the hard ground” and recognize our common humanity. Combining their formidable talents, Waits and O’Brien have crafted a work which transcends documentary and presents independent, yet powerfully complementary views of the trials of homelessness and the resilience of people who survive on the streets.
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A giant version of Tom Waits’ 2006 album Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards has been created as part of a unique art installation in London. The Portobello ReCollection opened last week on the Portobello Road in West London, transforming a 100 m long wall into a giant record collection charting the musical influences of the neighborhood. Artists Natasha Mason and Teresa Crawley asked residents for their input on which records they would like to see represented. The result is a colorful celebration of the neighborhood’s musical heritage prominently featuring Waits acclaimed three CD/7 album set . The installation is scheduled to be in place for six months, so get your picture taken with a giant Tom Waits album while you can. Read More