The words and music of Tom Waits

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Praeger Publishers, 2009 - Music - 176 pages
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Tom Waits's distinctive, bourbon-soaked growl, his unique persona, and his incorporation of musical styles from blues to experimental to vaudeville have secured for him a top-shelf cult following and an extraordinary critical respect. The idea of the Wanderer - someone who seeks an escape from all of life's problems, and dreams himself into oblivion - serves as the fundamental personality type around which all Waits's music revolves. Ten years of producing and touring with Waits's macabre folktale adaptation across Canada and the U.S. has given author Corinne Kessel direct access to his work, creative process, and his associates. In this comprehensive analysis, Kessel examines all of the many characters that have appeared throughout the course of Waits' musical career, from Closing Time (1973) to Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and BastardS≪/i>.

His raw form of expression and his evocative lyrics work together to form an emotional chronicle of society's misfits, outcasts, and lowlifes. He is not the sort of composer to chase after shiny red fire trucks to awesome blazing fires, but instead looks after the intangible dreams found dissipating in the last wisp of smoke from a cigarette, held in the weathered hands of a broken soul. Here, author Corinne Kessel pursues Waits into this distinctly murky and unsettled atmosphere to address in particular Waits's enduring questions of reality, landscape, and identity.

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User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

It turns out, some things don't warrant in-depth analysis. If you know his music, there's nothing to gain here. If you don't, you'll have no idea what she's talking about; you won't be reading it. But ... Read full review

Review: The Words and Music of Tom Waits

User Review  - Andrew Ludke - Goodreads

It sheds some light on the prose and the music, but i still want more. Read full review

Contents

Life and Works in Brief
1
Music Instrumentation and Voice
15
Character and Narrative
63
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

CORRINE KESSEL has worked as a multi-instrumentalist performer, composer, sound designer, and musical director. She is the Managing Producer for November Theatre, which produced the World English Premiere of the Tom Waits' rock operetta, The Black Rider, which has toured across North America receiving sell out houses, rave reviews, and numerous awards.

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