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Innocent When You Dream: The Tom Waits Reader Paperback – June 15, 2005
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Wonderfully edited and organized, this is a fascinating book from start to finish. Anybody who's ever thought of getting into the interview/feature article writing business would be wise to read through these pieces to see how it's done. Anybody who wants to be thoroughly distracted from a miserable here and now should grab this book. And of course anybody interested in Tom Waits should read it for pure pleasure.
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.Read more ›
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!!
Only downside is that a great bit of the NPR interview is left out when Tom grumbles at Terry Gross' suggestion that the song "God's Away On Business" is atheistic. "No. He's away on business. God's a busy guy. He'll be back." or something like that. See I wouldn't have to misquote it if it was in the book. I'm done nit picking now!
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Who doesn't love Tom Waits? I've been a fan since, forever! Got this for a buddy of mine who introduced me to Tom's music way-back-when. Do you got a pal who's a Tom Waits fan? Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by Steve K
This book is not a biography. It is a collection of articles and interviews in which The Man, Tom Waits, is sole subject. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by McGill
Arrived in a great condition and didn't take too long. The front cover had a small crease on the bottom corner, but seeing as it was used and spent some time in the post, I can't... Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by Amanda Pedersen
If you're a fan of an artist, it's difficult, time-consuming and expensive to keep track of all the interviews and articles written about your favourite artist. Read morePublished on August 15, 2007 by M. V. Halm
Tom Waits is enigmatic and flies under the commercial music radar. His work is interesting and deals with a part of life few people really care to discover. Read morePublished on March 15, 2006 by Douglas Crosby
Suffice it to say that I have traditionally hated to read, and since receiving this book, I have hardly been able to put it down. Read morePublished on February 15, 2006 by NickEffinSaban