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Swordfishtrombones

Swordfishtrombones

  • Title: Swordfishtrombones
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  • ISBN : 9780826427823
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 129 pages


Two entwined narratives run through the creation of Swordfishtrombones and form the backbone of this book As the 1970s ended, Waits felt increasingly constrained and trapped by his persona and career Bitter and desperately unhappy, he moved to New York in 1979 to change his life It wasn t working But at his low point, he got the phone call that changed everything Fran Two entwined narratives run through the creation of Swordfishtrombones and form the backbone of this book As the 1970s ended, Waits felt increasingly constrained and trapped by his persona and career Bitter and desperately unhappy, he moved to New York in 1979 to change his life It wasn t working But at his low point, he got the phone call that changed everything Francis Ford Coppola tapped Tom to write the score for One From the Heart Waits moved back to Los Angeles to work at Zoetrope s Hollywood studio for the next 18 months He cleaned up, disciplined himself as a songwriter and musician, collaborated closely with Coppola, and met a script analyst named Kathleen Brennan his only true love They married within 2 months at the Always and Forever Yours Wedding Chapel at 2am Swordfishtrombones was the first thing Waits recorded after his marriage, and it was at Kathleen s urging that he made a record that conceded exactly nothing to his record label, or the critics, or his fans There aren t many love stories where the happy ending sounds like a paint can tumbling in an empty cement mixer.Kathleen Brennan was sorely disappointed by Tom s record collection She forced him out of his comfortable jazzbo pocket to take in foreign film scores, German theatre, and Asian percussion These two stories of a man creating that elusive American second act, and also finding the perfect collaborator in his wife give this book a natural forward drive


Author David Smay




Swordfishtrombones Reviews (31)

  • Like Captain Beefheart and at various times Bob Dylan, Tom Waits invented himself a character as deliberate as anything you find in a Broadway production and stuck to it, both onstage, in his songs and patter, and offstage, in his interviews It was a radical idea In the 70s he was the Last of the Ho [..]

  • Good addition to the 33 1 3 series examining Tom Waits classic album Swordfishtrombones as a turning point in his career The author, David Smay, dissembles and plays with facts as much as Tom Waits does, both in his songs and in his interviews, meaning that the story of the album that [..]

  • There were places in America before Johnson s Great Society that had fallen off the map It was beyond mere lawlessness it was a bizarre landscape.All of Tom Waits albums, but especially Swordfishtrombones by virtue of being such a wild departure from what he d done before, are set to [..]

  • This book presents an interesting historical perspective on Tom Waits, noting that at the beginning of his career he was classed in the same group as Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen According to Smay, nobody in 1974 would ve put money on Tom Waits s career being the one that would be producing vita [..]

  • Swordfishtrombones isn t my favourite Tom Waits album, but it s the one that got a 33 1 3 book, and only the most crushingly canonical acts get than one of those Turns out it isn t David Smay s favourite either, but it s the one that gives him the best opportunity to delve beneath the clich [..]

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