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The Guardian UK

Crows, wires, oil stains, cows, dead trees and a vulture – these are the kinds of things that could easily make it into a song by Tom Waits. They are, too, some of the things he has photographed over the years – alongside the arcane instruments he uses to make his beautifully ramshackle music and the shadows his tall thin body throws on the ground.

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Los Angeles Times

Tom Waits, captured by Anton Corbijn
Tom Waits rolled out of Los Angeles' dirty streets with the look of a tramp, the voice of a broken angel and a sound that combined blues, vaudeville, cheap whiskey and jazz. In 1977, he met photographer Anton Corbijn; it was early in both their careers, and it has led to 35 years of Corbijn shooting portraits of the iconoclastic private musician, showcased in the coffee-table book "Waits/Corbijn '77-'11" (Schirmer/Mosel: 272 pp., $200). Through Corbijn's lens, Waits has the grit of the Dust Bowl, lush, dangerous shadows and a face that grows better with age. But Corbijn also sees the whimsicality: Waits holding a doll, jumping, sitting in a Cadillac on the edge of New York City, holding an accordion. The 20 pages of Waits' own photos and writing at the book's end are full of humor, an essential part of his oeuvre.

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A vulture shares his view on in- flight dining with Tom Waits in this excerpt from Waits' Curiosities section of the upcoming May 8th WAITS /CORBIJN limited edition photo and musings book. Read More
Things that I found on the ground (Tom Waits)

Paris, 1988 (Anton Corbijn)

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Tomato Seeds (Tom Waits)

Monsters On The Sidewalk (Tom Waits)

California, Dillon Beach, 2002 (Anton Corbijn)

Tom Waits: Growling Through the Grain

Sunday Times, 14 April 2013

Back in the grim but glorious days of 1978, a young Dutch photographer named Anton Corbijn arrived in Los Angeles. It was his first trip to America. He took a taxi to the Tropicana Motel on Santa Monica Boulevard. Stepping out of the cab, he found Tom Waits sitting on the sidewalk.

“It was,” he recalls, savouring the memory, “a Hollywood dream come true.”

He shouldn’t have been surprised. The Tropicana, now sadly gone, was to LA what the Chelsea Hotel was and is to New York — rock’n’roll central. There’s no point in listing the people who stayed there because everybody stayed there. Tom was a permanent resident; he lived in a bungalow round the back.

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