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Lyrics of Tom Waits: The Early Years, 1971-1983
by Tom Waits
Known for his growling vocals and for the distinct poetry of his lyrics, Tom Waits has amassed over the course of three decades a devoted cult following. "The Early Years" collects the lyrics--formative and classic--from the first ten albums of this true bard of hard living. A celebration of both his words and of the artist himself, this lyrical biography charts the course ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers
(first published December 1st 2007)
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Sep 13, 2014 Belinda rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I bought this thinking it was terribly decadent of me as I have every one of these songs memorized and could sing them or think them at the drop of a hat but I just had to have it when I saw it. I am really glad I bought it and read it. Despite my extreme familiarity with the lyrics, reading them really brought a fresh light to them. I could feel their beat/Bukowski connections much more with reading them as opposed to listening to them in songs (ironic since Beat poetry is so often read aloud). ...more
I enjoyed reading the lyrics of early Tom Waits. He is truly a lyrical genius. Many may not appreciate his singing style but, when I hear him sing his songs, I hear him singing from down deep in his soul and that is the mark a truly great artist. To bare your soul is a great burden but he bares it well and you can see it in his lyrics. I highly recommend this book to any Tom Waits fan or to any serious student of the songwriting craft.
Being as big of a fan as I am of Tom Waits, especially his lyrics, I thought this book would be a nice addition to my ever-expanding personal library. Unfortunately, there are numerous typographical errors within the text of this book. So many, in fact, that it distracts the reader from the actual lyrical imagery at times. You'd be better off reading the liner notes of his albums, honestly. As guarded as Waits is about having creative control, I'm surprised that he allowed this to be published.
To paraphrase musician, there's nothing wrong with this that $100 wouldn't fix. I don't know what I was expecting. Maybe a book of poetry. It is a book of lyrics and only half the mystery and magic that is the wild Mr. Waits. One shouldn't expect more.
Thomas Alan Waits is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by one critic as sounding "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock styles such as blues, jazz, and Vaudeville, and experimental tend ...moreMore about Tom Waits...