Happy Birthday Tom Waits | Unedited Storytellers Appearance
... Today marks singer-pianist Tom Waits
' 64th birthday. The uncanny storyteller withthe whiskey-soaked voice was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame a fewyears back with theorganizationnoting, "Tom Waits
is a gruff-voiced, big-hearted singer/pianist who is to songwritingwhat Charles Bukowski is to poetry, Jack Kerouac is to prose and Edward Hopper is topainting. A true original, Waits' specializes in story-songs about all kinds of beautifullosers: nighthawks, boozers, grifters, drifters, dreamers, con men and other flotsam fromthe underbelly of American life." In 1999 Waits appeared on VH-1's Storytellers series in support of the MuleVariations LP. Tom tells many tales throughout, some tall and some seemingly true;though the music channel only aired 45-minutes of Waits' performance. Thankfully, audio ofWaits' full unedited set circulates for our enjoyment. Watch the episode of Storytellers that aired on VH-1: Listen to the full unedited version: Happy Birthday Tom Waits
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The Beatles, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen head up Uncut's latest Sonic Editions photo collection
... delighted to reveal our latest exclusive hand-picked collection of iconic music photography: Uncut's Sonic Editions. The new 2014 collection contains 25 iconic images curated by editor Allan Jones. Including The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, The Smiths, Bryan Ferry, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Debbie Harry and Tom Waits
. Each image is available as a limited edition print, individually numbered, hand printed and framed to order, from £45/$75 unframed up to £75/$119 framed. Click here to view the full collection and find out more! Visit our dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here. Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook. The Beatles, Tom Waits
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Watch Tom Waits play his first show in five years
... Tom Waits
played his first live show in five years on Sunday [October 27] at Neil Young's Bridge School benefit concert. Scroll down to watch fan footage of the entire 10 song set. Waits was accompanied by David Hidalgo on guitar and accordion, Les Claypool on bass and Casey Waits on drums. Waits has played the Bridge School Benefit concerts twice before, first in 1999 and then in 2007, when he performed with the Kronos Quartet. Earlier in the concert, held at the Shoreline Ampitheater, Neil Young, Elvis Cotello and Jim James had led a tribute to Lou Reed, covering the Velvet Underground song, "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'". You can watch the performance here. Other performers included Queens Of The Stone Age, CSNY and Arcade Fire . Tom Waits
played: Raised Right Men Singapore Talking At The Same Time Chicago Lucky Day Tom Traubert's Blues Lucinda / Ain't Goin Down Last Leaf Cemetery Polka Come On Up to the House Visit our dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here. Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook. Watch Tom Waits
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Tom Waits (December 7, 1949)
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Tom Waits was born in Pomona, California to two schoolteachers. His parents divorced when he was 10 years old, and Waits began learning to play piano with the help of a teacher who was sympathetic to Tom's non-classical interests. By the time he was 16, Tom had joined an R&B band and begun to write songs.
1968: At about age 18 Tom developed a fascination with the Beat writers. Wore dark shades. Subscribed to Downbeat.
In 1971, manager Herb Cohen stumbled upon Waits in a venue called the Troubadour and suggested that the two work together. Later that year, Herb Cohen helped Tom negotiate a contract with Bizarre/Straight records in 1971 and started recording demos, then switched to Asylum Records the following year. Throughout the '70s, he released six albums, toured extensively, and became something of an alcoholic. He appeared in a movie with Sylvester Stallone, and later wrote music for other films.
He married screenwriter Kathleen Brennan in 1980 and began collaborating with her: first as co-producer, but soon as cowriter. He moved to Island Records to release 1983's Swordfishtrombones, which marked an artistic shift toward unusual instrumentation and non-mainstream song forms. Swordfishtrombones was also Tom's first self-produced work.
Tom describes his wife Kathleen as "An incandescent presence in everything I do." He credits her with cowriting songs, steering him away from alcohol, and ultimately saving his life.
In 1993 Tom Waits won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Rock Album for his album Bone Machine. This was followed by a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 2000 for Mule Variations.
On March 14, 2011, Tom was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Neil Young.
Waits has released at least 28 albums and contributed to at least 50 films. His newest album, Bad As Me, is scheduled for release on October 25, 2011. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for contributions)
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