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Wild Years: The Music and Myth of Tom Waits

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  327 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Legend. Bum. Genius. Con Man. Devoted husband and father. Myth. Storyteller. Inspiration. Drunk. Visionary. Tom Waits is all of these things.Wild Tears: The Music and Myth of Tom Waits retraces the long road that Waits has travelled and explores the music that made him a legend. Jay S. Jacobs looks at the towering myth that Waits has created for himself, a larger-than-life ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published March 25th 2002 by ECW Press
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Mariel
Oct 02, 2012 Mariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I don't ever wanna be that way
Recommended to Mariel by: I don't wanna grow up
"I'll tell you all my secrets, but I lie about my past." from "Tango Till You're Sore"


I don't know what the Tom Waits biography of my dreams would be. If I could sing back to the little birds who tell people things they need to know... How do you change the wires that hook your ears up to your eyes and loop up to the noodly parts that trick you into thinking (no, into believing) that the filth isn't there to dirty up the clean? Alphabet soup spells rhymes out of this world of Dr. Seuss and Ses
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East Bay J
Jul 05, 2008 East Bay J rated it it was ok
Shelves: music-bios
I was very excited to read this and was very disappointed when I got started. Even more disappointed by the end. It seems to me, in 2008, after fifty plus years of "rock journalism," that these sorts of puff piece, simpleton music bio writers would have been weeded out. Sent packing. Given their walking papers. The only thing that made this book enjoyable was Waits; his character, his stories, his points of view. If this had been a book about someone crap, like Oasis, I would have burned it. No, ...more
Dead John Williams
May 31, 2015 Dead John Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I once heard a music journalist say that Tom Waits came from nowhere. He went on to explain that if you look at any artist you can usually see who they took their lead from. He then said that with Tom Waits there is only him, it is like he perfected his act in the desert then came to town. I didn't exactly agree with him but I thought that he voiced something that all Tom Waits fans instinctively feel. Whilst I would say that there were people before him there is no-one like him now.

I was nervou
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Todd
Jul 07, 2013 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hardcore Waits fans will love it! Started pulling out all my old CDs.
Benito
Sep 08, 2008 Benito rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rollicking good read if you're a Waits fan. Unlike the more recent biography 'The Many Lives Of Tom Wait' by Patrick Humphries, Jacobs' tome tends as much towards the mythology that Waits has created around his professional life, ie. the seedy barfly piano-man turned psychedelic farmer, as it does towards his real life. (He is, in reality, neither a complete dipsomaniac nor teetotaller, but rather somewhere in that sane place in-between.)

More importantly, while sensation-seeking former NME hac
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Иван Собаков
Ova knjiga je verovatno manje užasna na engleskom, ali u jadnom prevodu je skoro nečitljiva od brojnih netranskribovanih imena i loše prevedenih stihova.
Sama knjiga se čini kao prošireno izdanje sabranih tekstova sa Vikipedije
Levi Makula
It is easy to write about a man such as Tom Waits and I don't feel like Jay S. Jacobs went about it in a way that grabs the attention of the readers. Some parts drag on and he spends an unnecessarily long time on describing the people involved in his life and not the man himself. However, upon saying this he also gives the reader an excellent timeline of Waits' life and extracts some very in-depth details from his childhood and early days which are very intriguing. Overall the book had the poten ...more
Greg Overall
Feb 15, 2015 Greg Overall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has been aware of Tom Waits mostly on the periphery, I really liked this book. The truth is I wanted to learn more about him and his music. I really hoped this book would make me a bigger fan of Waits, and it certainly did. The glimpses into his personal life were fairly limited, but that was fine with me. The book moved through his growth and progression as an artist in a chronological and logical fashion. I ended up buying 7 of his albums as I read this book. My favorite era is ...more
Josh Gering
Jan 08, 2015 Josh Gering rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and respectful look at a notoriously private person. And a very honest appraisal of an artistic genius of stage, studio and screen. great read.
Felisa Rosa
Feb 11, 2008 Felisa Rosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is seriously into Tom Wait's music
A well-written book with lots of interesting information about Tom Waits' music. Definitely written for serious fans. Jacobs is very respectful of Tom Waits' privacy, which I can appreciate because I revere Tom so much myself. However, to tell you the honest truth, I wouldn't have minded some salacious details.
Julie Rautio smith
Very disappointing. I listened to Ton Waits in the late 70's. I'm interested in him, so picked up this book. Kept waiting for it to get better. It didn't.
adam
Apr 20, 2007 adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I learned some stuff about the guy, but not nearly enough. Would much rather read an autobiography, but I guess this'll do til Tom Waits writes one...
Brenda
Sep 30, 2008 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Picked this up on the flight from Long Beach to Philadelphia, I guess in the move I forgot about it. So far, its pretty good.
Mike McSorley
No interview with Tom waites. goes thru each cd and explains events. Interesting, but author idolizes too much.
Kiof
Jul 16, 2012 Kiof rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a pretty nice pic I've never seen before of Brennan. The rest is press clipping hamfisted hogtied hogwash
Tony
Jul 27, 2007 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a poet this man is. The stories that he tells in his songs are gut-wrenching. And that voice. Love it.
Jenny Shedor
Jun 04, 2008 Jenny Shedor rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Senior Waits. This was an entertaining read, only made me love him more. I heart Tom Waits!
Cory
Nov 20, 2008 Cory rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A particularly difficult artist to chronicle, but Jacobs does an okay job.
Pablo
Jun 14, 2015 Pablo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Enjoyable book for those that know the music!
Charles Martine
Nov 04, 2011 Charles Martine rated it it was amazing
The man. Check out his new record.
Todd
Oct 13, 2014 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love Tom Waits
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