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Lowside Of The Road: A Life Of Tom Waits (2009)

by Barney Hoskyns(Favorite Author)
3.59 of 5 Votes: 5
0767927087 (ISBN13: 9780767927086)
Crown Archetype
review 1: This book was sort of a guilty pleasure for me. The author - British music critic Barney Hoskyns - attempts to pry into the determinedly private life of his subject. We ask & expect so much from our heroes and artists.The story within the story is kind of funny - Hoskyns' frustrating attempts to get first-person perspectives, info & stories - when he himself appears to be such a great fan. It's amazing how loyal and protective others were of Waits. I think that says a lot about the man - and more power to him.Nevertheless, it's a valuable reference source to Waits' work, for those not familiar with the breadth of his oeuvre. It is quite broad and prodigious, at that. Music critics have contributed so much to my own understanding and appreciation of music. I love hearing wh... moreat people like about songs; their emotional response; an insight or background. I hope ol' Tom is comfortable, after all, with the book...
review 2: First off I have read other books by the author and he is an excellent writer, and I am a fan of Tom Waits, so I had high expectations for this book. However Tom did not authorize this biography for his own reasons, and this made writing this a much harder job. Unfortunately it soured the entire book and this fact of it being an authorized book becomes a part of the narrative. I still enjoyed reading and learning more about Tom Waits but was left wanting more. less
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Not the best written book, but there's a lot of good information to be found here.
One star for the phrase "retarded Garth Hudson".
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