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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