It’s MOJO Magazine’s 200th issue and who better to celebrate this most auspicious occasion than eith the incomparable Tom Waits? So, from the mind of one of the planet’s true originals comes a special anniversary issue formed by the mind of the unique artist.
Along with the issue there is also a free CD featuring 15 tracks compiled and sequenced exclusively for MOJO by Tom Waits starring Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, Cliff Edwards, Big Mama Thornton, Prisonaires, Hank Williams and many more.
You can also find an interview with one of Waits’ lifelong heroes Harry Belafonte discussing marching with Dr King, being taught by Leadbelly and giving Bob Dylan his first break. “His contribution to the world of music has been like a great river,” says Waits. Superstar producer Joe Henry is granted a rare audience with Harry Belafonte.
Also included; an exclusive encounter between Waits and the guitar-slinging outlaw of country music’s first family Hank Williams III, a huge selection of the Waits’ essential songs, films and books featuring James Brown, Alex Chilton, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, James Dean, David Lynch and more! Waits’ favorite one-hit wonders and MOJO’s guide to all his albums! To find out more, just go here. Read More
Dutch Theater Group Orkater will stage a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III with live music written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan in Amsterdam from Sept 22th to Oct 12th.
Renowned Dutch theater production company Orkater and Amsterdam’s main theater De Stadsschouwburg have announced the staging of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Orkater and De Stadsschouwburg adapted the Shakespeare play and created a music theater performance with music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan. Orkater’s musical director Vincent van Warmerdam states “just like Shakespeare did, Waits and Brennan incorporate poetry, provocation, seduction and irony in their songs. Their music illustrates, mirrors and strengthens Richard’s character.” Richard is played by Dutch actor Gijs Scholten van Aschat, who will perform the songs by Waits and Brennan with a musical group called The Sadists, led by Vincent van Warmerdam. Among the songs performed in the play are “Misery Is The River Of The World”, “God’s Away On Business”, “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up”, “I’ll Shoot The Moon”, “Underground” and “The Part You Throw Away”.
Richard III is playing exclusively in De Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam from September 22nd till October 12th. Tickets go on sale Thursday May 6th. They are available on +31 (0) 20 624 2311. For further information on ticket sales go here. Read More
Tom Waits and Kathleen Waits have donated an oil stain photographic diptych to their school’s online auction fundraiser. These are extremely rare, limited, Tom Waits photographs, 6 3/4 inches by 4 1/2 inches, matted and autographed by the esteemed mister Waits. They are collectible and extremely rare works. The estimated value for this piece is $1,500.00 – the starting bid is $350. To check out the auction go here Read More
(pic by Simon Godley)
The idea of Tom Waits guesting on Bob Dylan’s “Theme Time Radio Hour” is almost too amazing to imagine for fans of good music and unique cultural commentary. But then it happened. Follow the link below to hear five tracks of the inimitable Mister Waits calling in to Dylan’s show, discussing a variety of topics and just reveling in the everyday bizarre. These were ripped and made available by the fine folks are Carnival Saloon. To listen just click here.
An exciting possible upcoming project is……….. Tom Waits once again teaming up with visionary director Robert Wilson for a fourth stage musical following The Black Rider, Alice in Wonderland, and Woyzeck. Contributing to this yet untitled project would also be play-write Martin McDonagh who is most known for writing and directing the 2008 Oscar nominated film “In Bruges.” The musical would be slated to premiere in Paris next year. More info as it comes in. Read More