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New biography September 11, 2006

Posted by eyeballkid in Uncategorized.

As mentioned earlier, there is a new Waits biography to be published by Omnibus Press. According to Amazon.com
the release of The many lives of Tom Waits is scheduled for November 1. The author is Patrick Humphries and if the number of pages (400) is anything to go by, this new book looks to be more extensive than Humphries’ previous work, Small change – A life of Tom Waits

Thanks to Radical Wacko and Jarlath.



1. Charlie - September 11, 2006

The Amazon link doesn’t seem to be working.

Hopefully this will be more in-depth than some of the other books on Tom. November is sure to be a Waits-tastic month.

2. Karate Boogaloo! - September 11, 2006

It might be more extensive than his first book, but that first one was horrible! Let’s hope it’s better written as well!

3. The Eyeball Kid - September 12, 2006

The Amazon link is fixed. Sorry about the mistake.

4. Hot Whiskey Press - September 13, 2006

Yeah, I’m with Karate Boogaloo. That first book wasn’t worth the read. I’m skeptical of this one.

5. tarentella tom - September 15, 2006

This is bound to be an updated reissue so is likely to be just as horrible as the original! Sorry guys!!

6. Mahood - September 15, 2006

Well, he has since written a half decent account of Nick Drake’s life (as well as biographies on Richard Thompson, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and a few others), so he may have learnt a few things (i.e. how to write) since he put out that hideous book on T.W. …

7. HoudiniNation - September 20, 2006

I have to say that I’m rather with you guys. I’ve read the book (the first edition, that is) some time back and wasn’t convinced at all. I read a lot of biographies and some just don’t seem to be at the heart of things.

8. Mahood - September 20, 2006

…Or, as the late, great Frank Zappa once said…

“Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read”.

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