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On the literary horizon is an extraordinary book entitled “Waits/Corbijn – Photographs 1977-2010” featuring an array of beautiful artistic images of Tom Waits taken by the renowned photographer Anton Corbijn. Tom Waits and Anton Corbijn are a perfect artist – artist match. Their 30-year collaboration now yields this book of portraits by Corbijn plus more than 50 pages filled up with images/writing by Waits himself. About 220 pages, ≠200 colour and duotone plates, roughly 22 x 30 cm, hardcover. English/German edition.
A selection of Anton’s work from Waits/Corbijn will be on display at De Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam from Sept 22th to Oct 12th, during the staging of Shakespeare’s Richard III which incorporates music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. For info on the last remaining tickets go here. Read More

We just received great news that the 200th issue of MOJO Magazine featuring Tom Waits as guest editor as well as on the cover was the publications biggest selling issue of 2010. Not only that, the issue  was also one of the magazine’s Top 10 sellers of all-time. We can’t help but think it was due to all of you incredibly loyal Tom Waits fans , so we want to offer a heartfelt thank you! MOJO is a great magazine for fanatical music lovers like us and we’re genuinely happy it’s out there spreading the word.
Phil Alexander (Editor-In-Chief, MOJO): “Having Tom Waits guest edit MOJO 200 was a real honour and privilege. The effort he put into guiding the content was remarkable, unique and real. He compiled the CD with care, and by selecting the content he took the readers on a journey that was truly personal. As a fan of the man, I was both thrilled and humbled by the fact that he took the time to help us celebrate a real milestone in the magazine’s history.” Read More

A rare Tom Waits version of the 1965 James Brown soul classic “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.” Less a cover of the original Brown penned masterpiece than an ingenious and maniacal reinterpretation recorded live in 1987 at Massey Hall in Toronto Canada during the “Frank‘s Wild Years” tour. On stage that night are Tom Waits on vocals, piano, bullhorn, Marc Ribot: guitars, banjos, trumpet, Willy Schwarz (introduced as Willie ‘the squeeze’) on accordion, organ, keyboards, Ralph Carney: saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, marimba, violin, baritone horn, harmonica, Greg Cohen: upright/ electric bass, box electric and Michael Blair on drums & percussion. Read More

Consequence of Sound recently posted an intriguing essay on Tom Waits in their “Icons of Rock” series. Writer Carson O’Shoney positions Waits alongside literary anti hero Charles Bukowski as a prolific and highly influential outsider who defies categorization and continues to be relevant as trends come and go throughout the years.
“He began his career in the underbelly of Los Angeles, inspired by the Beat Generation and jaded by the 60’s music scene. He’s quoted as saying ‘I wasn’t thrilled by Blue Cheer, so I found an alternative, even if it was Bing Crosby.’ … Even though the crowds were not receptive of his unique style at first, he created his own persona and was an intriguing character in certain circles in the early 1970s. His first album, Closing Time, was well received by critics but didn’t garner much attention from the public until The Eagles recorded a cover of his song “Ol’ 55″ and put it on their album, On the Border.
You can read the entire thought provoking  essay as well as check out some songs and videos here. Read More

Tom Waits will have his songs “Down There By The Train” (from Orphans) and “Lost In The Harbour” (from Alice) featured in the upcoming film “Miral” directed by Julian Schnabel (Before Night Falls). The film will debut September 2010 at the Venice Film Festival and chronicles Hind Husseini’s effort to establish an orphanage in Jerusalem after the 1948 partition of Palestine. Read More
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