For your weekend reading, a piece from the LA Review of Books by Alex Harvey that is ostensibly a review of Barney Hoskins’ 2010 biography of Tom Waits, Lowside of the Road. To call it just a book review, however, seems limiting because it’s about fathers and sons, femme fatales, lust, music, addiction, influence, Los Angeles, film noir, biography, autobiography, Tom Waits, “Tom Waits”, and finding one’s voice. And it is pretty fascinating.:
When he and Jones split up, he moved out of the Tropicana and into a more laidback East Hollywood neighborhood, close to his father. By day he worked in the old RCA building on Sunset and Ivar, pushing his images and verbal fragments into a new kind of coherence. Gone was Chandler’s white knight in the form of Marlowe, or the melancholy search for the urban epiphany. In its place is the voice of a semi-psychotic street predator, snarling over savage guitar and bass.
Incidentally, Tom Waits is going to be on The Simpsons on January 6.
And here is the Fresh Air interview with Mr. Waits.
image by Anthony Corbijn (2004) via lifecomesfromwithin