- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Carroll & Graf (15. Juni 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1560256672
- ISBN-13: 978-1560256670
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,9 x 21,6 cm
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Innocent When You Dream: The Tom Waits Reader (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. Juni 2005
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The first collection of writings about Tom Waits-spanning the artist's thirty-year career in music, film, and theatre-and featuring the most revealing, bizarre, provocative, and hilarious interviews, profiles, reviews, and conversations with the world's favourite bohemian bandleader
Over the past three decades, Tom Waits has achieved the kind of top-shelf cult status most artists only dream about. In his varied career, he has acted alongside Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and Lily Tomlin; his songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Sarah McLachlan, the Eagles, and the Ramones; he's won two Grammys, a Golden Globe, and been nominated for an Oscar; he's coined unforgettable phrases like "better a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy" and "champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends"; and he's made anyone who's ever listened to his music just that much cooler. Here is Tom Waits in all his mischievous splendor. From a New Yorker "Talk of the Town" in 1976 to an interview by Terry Gilliam in 1999; from album reviews by Luc Sante and David Fricke to conversations with Elvis Costello and Roberto Benigni; from a recent profile in GQ to "20 Questions" in Playboy and reviews of Waits's acclaimed new album, Real Gone, this is the must-have book for every fan of the artist Beck has described as a "luminary," and for music fans everywhere.
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Part One: Early Years, contains the following amongst many others: The 1974 press release for Heart Of Saturday Night by Waits himself; A short interview with Clark Peterson of Creem magazine from 1978 titled The Slime Who Came In From The Cold; from 1976, there is an article from Sweet & Sour, a long Zig Zag interview and a New Yorker article.
The 1977 Rolling Stone piece by David McGee is very informative and from 1979 there is a short Washington Post article. This section also contains a poem by Charles Bukowski with a short introduction noting that it captures the entire Waitsian world.
In Part Two: The Middle Years, I found the following to be the most compelling: Peter Sabbag's in-depth 1987 article from the Los Angeles Times Magazine, a long formal question and answer interview by Glen O'Brien in a 1985 Spin magazine, 20 Questions from a 1988 Playboy and another question and answer interview from 1989 with Elvis Costello in Option.
Part Three: These Days, offers inter alia the following informative pieces: A 1999 Billboard review of Mule Variations and a short 1999 live review by Jon Pareles from the New York Times. From the same year there is a short review by Luc Sante in The Village Voice and an engaging conversational piece by David Fricke in Rolling Stone. There is also a short question and answer session from a 2004 Vanity Fair.
This section concludes with Nirvana, a 1992 poem by Charles Bukowski. It was included because in an interview with Soma magazine in 2002, Waits referred to this as his favorite poem. The book concludes with a Discography and a Timeline from Waits' birth on 7th December 1949 to the release of his 2004 album Real Gone. The book documents his entire career and is perhaps better than any biography as it contain so many perspectives from so many different writers.
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The articles cover about thirty, thirty-five years of Waits' career, describing here his difficulty finding an audience early on and there his inimitable stage antics and style. Many of the articles themselves note how he has remained quiet about his personal life but the writers still find reasons to ask him questions to which they probably know they won't receive straight answers. Expect a lot of chatting, expect a lot of humor in place of honesty. Expect frankness and self-deprecation. In short, you have to love him in order to read this book. If you don't like his music (and frankly, anyone who likes sound should listen to his records) then you'll probably put this book down almost immediately.
But you're probably interested in this book and reading this review because you happen to like his music. Good, that's a start. Well, you, dear fans, will love the stories, even if some of them you've heard before. I have found, listening to almost his entire discography, that Waits repeats his yarns or puts different spins on them, uses the same jokes, etc. So what. Anyway, you'll find some of them here. And you'll probably read the whole thing anyway because you want to know everything there is to know about him. In that case, I have to admit, the book does, besides providing the occasional in-depth writings that reveal interesting things (whether about Waits, music or life in general), the book is made up partially of a great deal of filler, some short articles remarking on his history. Several articles and reviews, in light of Waits recording again or releasing a new album, simply jot down his discography and tell little of anything new. You probably know some of Waits' songs were made into huge hits by other artists ("Ol' 55" covered by the Eagles, "Downtown Train" by Rod Stewart... you're going to learn that several, several times). So expect repetition, because you're going to get it.
As for everything else, hey, it's Tom Waits. Who knows what to expect?
Another captivating aspect of the book is that the reader is provided details about all the unique methods Waits uses to make his music. For example, on "The Earth Died Screaming", sound effects are made by having people bang sticks and 2x4s on the pavement of the studio parking lot.
A must have for any Waits fan!
And it's nearly 400 pages long!!
Reading all these interviews and articles consecutively, you get a taste of the elusive Tom Waits - sometimes truthful, often wickedly confabulating and evading queries, but always amusing.
A must for Tom Waits' fans.