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Pomona, Los Angeles CA, United States (1949 – present)

Tom Waits (born Thomas Alan Waits, in Pomona, California, on December 7, 1949) is a prolific American singer, songwriter, composer, and actor.

He started his career in the early 1970s as a singer in spit ‘n’ sawdust bars. Initially, he was deeply influenced by the beat generation, novelists like Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, and poets like Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski. Waits is often compared to Charles Bukowski, being similar both in content and lifestyle, although Waits’s views are more egalitarian than Bukowski’s. Waits was unable to make a living from his music in the 70s because his classical bar music, based in pre-rock, and , , and styles were not popular. Waits’s voice back then was soft, warm and clear.

Waits subsequently developed a devoted cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters, despite having little radio or music video support. In fact, his songs are perhaps best known to the general public in the form of cover versions of more visible artists, such as the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart.

Although Waits’s albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries.


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  • metalmanmadness

    All About Music

    14 Oct 8:52am Reply
  • wachenroder

    Zion Radio

    9 Oct 11:29pm Reply
  • suntzutang

    Hoist That Rag was written after Tom took three hits of acid, got soaked in gasoline, and had to walk across the Mojave desert with nothing but a compass, a Colt revolver, a bottle of cheap bourbon, and sunflower seeds.

    7 Oct 7:48pm Reply
  • Begravelse

    I thought I was done discovering his music, but recently I've been coming back to his more bluesy stuff which I didn't like that much in the beginning. Love this man!

    30 Sep 5:18pm Reply
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    26 Sep 6:01am Reply
  • Analogue_Owl

    I was looking for a book 'somacarcrash' but realised it was the magazine I bought the other day! I also highly recommend it; some really interesting dialogue with Tom and reviews of each album

    25 Sep 4:12pm Reply
  • somacarcrash

    If you can, check out Tom Waits: The Ultimate Music Guide. It's a great read, imo.

    20 Sep 10:49pm Reply
  • Amrabart

    can I borrow your voice for a day, Tom?

    18 Sep 2:39pm Reply
  • EternalAlien

    Oh my gosh, he's such a weirdo.

    11 Sep 9:22am Reply
  • Taki90

    whenever i see him in a movie,i jump up like a litte girl ! now i know how beliebers feel XD

    4 Sep 10:37pm Reply
  • greydirewolf

    This man is a god!

    31 Aug 4:16pm Reply
  • Oliveeeeeeeeer

    I wish Tom Waits was my wife

    30 Aug 5:18pm Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    The most badass person in the world

    29 Aug 7:13pm Reply
  • matthew_fawson

    Mule Variations is an outstanding album! It's probably one of my favourite albums at the moment! - 6/5

    12 Aug 8:16pm Reply
  • SAGYology

    As yet another representative of the name Tom, I can assure you all: Tom always finds its way and most often without having to wait for somebody.

    7 Aug 10:08am Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    The artist with the coolest photos ever.

    5 Aug 4:24am Reply
  • blueglo

    tom waits, gotta listen to "mule variations" now.

    2 Aug 6:00pm Reply
  • CainDavies

    A god among mere soft-throated mortals

    27 Jul 1:29am Reply
  • DropSoap

    Living legend

    23 Jul 1:40pm Reply
  • oskar095

    hey, what does Tom wait for?!

    13 Jul 12:19am Reply
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