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Tom Waits

Tom Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor known for his musical tales of bohemians, drifters and misfits and for his stylistic blend of blues, folk and jazz. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding like "it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music.

Waits' lyrics frequently present atmospheric portraits of grotesque, often seedy characters and places—although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best-known through cover versions by more commercial artists: "Jersey Girl", performed by Bruce Springsteen, "Ol' '55", by the Eagles, and "Downtown Train", by Rod Stewart. Although Waits' albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries.

Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musicals and has acted in supporting roles in films, including Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He also starred in Jim Jarmusch's 1986 film Down by Law. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.

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Tom Waits ( TW002JF)

Tom Waits

Pausing at the crossroads in Santa Rosa, California 1999, Tom Waits casts a glance of displeasure, or so it appears, over his shoulder

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Tom Waits (TW001DC)

Tom Waits

Tom Waits onstage at the Victoria Apollo, London in March, 1981.

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits messing about in the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant during a promotional event for the release of his album Mule Variations

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits in a Chinese diner in Santa Rosa, California in January 1999

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits walking on Portobello Road, London, 1976

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits backstage after a gig at the Texas Opry House, Houston, Texas in 1976.

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits larking about in Santa Rosa, Califonia in January 1999 during an international press junket for the release Mule Variations

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Tom Waits

On the railways tracks in Santa Rosa, California in January 1999, Guido Harari captures a playful Tom Waits

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits captured whilst on a shoot promoting his album Bone Machine. The cape he is running with is another photographer's backdrop.

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits chilling out in a Chinese diner in Santa Rosa, California in January 1999 whilst on a photo shoot

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Tom Waits

Contact sheet of Tom Waits reading 'The Mammoth Book of Oddities' in a diner in California in 1999

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits relaxing with a beer in Place des Vosges, Paris during a photo shoot for his album Bone Machine

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits siting on his blue 1970 Coupe de Ville whilst on a photoshoot in Califonia in 1999

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits standing on the old railway line in Santa Rosa in 1999

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Adam Ant photographed by Jill Furmanovsky during a cover shoot for The Face magazine in February 1981

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The Clash on stage at the the first large scale Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League carnival at Victoria Park, April 1978.

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