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  • Series: 33 1/3 (Book 53)
  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (December 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826427820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826427823
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Another bodice-ripper in the 33 1/3 series." —Cory Frye, Under the Radar Magazine (Cory Frye)

"Smayacts as a side-mouth talking tour guide leading us through the darkness, givingus flashlights so we can illuminate the parts to love the whole we never quitesee." —Matthew Fiander, Popmatters.com
(Matthew Fiander)

"Intelligent discussion ofTom Waits is a rare bird, and this volume is welcome addition." —The Big Takeover



"Another bodice-ripper in the 33 1/3 series." —Cory Frye, Under the Radar Magazine (Sanford Lakoff)

"Smayacts as a side-mouth talking tour guide leading us through the darkness, givingus flashlights so we can illuminate the parts to love the whole we never quitesee.” —Matthew Fiander, Popmatters.com
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

David Smay has co-edited two books on music with Kim Cooper: Lost In the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide To The Music You Missed, and Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth. He's a regular contributor to Scram, has an upcoming piece in Oxford American and has occasionally dithered about pop music on NPR, French Television and documentaries only shown at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas. But his best interview was with Ratso the punk rock puppet at Quimby's in Chicago. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children, Emmett and Matilda.


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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris bct on February 14, 2008
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And it turns out, this one keeps the spirit of the album by not being a dry reporting or an academic exercise. The author honors this key turning point album in Waits' career with the creative dignity it deserves. I kept finding info bits in it that I liked, that I didn't know and I'm a bit Waits fan. As per the 33 1/3 series he breaks down the album song by song and appears to strive to not have any bland sentences. Don't think I found one. Glad I bought it. If yer a fan, you really should. If yer not into Tom Waits, forget it, this is a fan's delight.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike Yacullo on October 9, 2008
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This book was an extremely disappointing addition to the 33 1/3 series. After reading the excellent 33 1/3 book about Paul's Boutique, I moved immediately to this one. While there is some information about how the songs were written and recorded, to get to it you have to slog through pages and pages of David Smay's made-up "Chuck Norris Facts"-like tales of Tom Waits. Click the Search Inside link above and read the first chapter to see what you're in for - the whole book is like that. Maybe this is great for David Smay fans, but Tom Waits fans are better off reading a different book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. McCullough on March 9, 2011
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This 33 1/3 edition was energetic, enthusiastic, desultory, and a little kooky - the author clearly had a great love for Swordfishtrombones and conveyed a great deal of information about the work. Highly recommended.
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