(pic by Drew Kelly/ NYT)
Iconoclast Tom Waits is ending the year with a big bang due to his latest album, Bad As Me showing up on best of year end lists all over the globe from The New York Times to the Irish Times to MOJO to Rolling Stone to Musikexpress (Germany) to Humo (Belgium) to Rumba (Finland) to Gaffa (Sweden) to the Los Angeles Times and Time Out (UK), as well as the industry trade Hits, not to mention Times Live in South Africa and Crossbeat (Japan).
Bad As Me marks a career highlight with his 20th album which was released in late October. The album is Waits’ fastest selling album and has earned the highest chart position of his vastly storied career. Bad As Me has been called everything from “one of the best of his wildly fruitful creative life,” (LA Times) to “a watershed release.” (Mojo UK)
Waits began this wild ride early in the year with his induction to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and never slowed down.
He is currently working alongside Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths, writer/director Martin McDonough’s first film since In Bruges.
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Rolling Stone Magazine has a fascinating Tom Waits photo series they’re calling “Tom Waits Onstage and Off ” which they describe, saying,  ”Witness his live performances through the years, and see him with friends such as Allen Ginsberg and Neil Young.” It is exactly as stated and includes with some truly beautiful and evocative images.
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