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“Tom Always Had His Head Down Mumbling”: An Excerpt from the New Tom Waits Bio

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Perfect Sound Forever, friend-of-SOTC Jason Gross’ long-running online music mag, has an excerpt from Lowside of the Road, Barney Hoskyns’ new Tom Waits biography. (Here’s the first chapter, actually.) The PSF bit concerns Tom’s transformation from sweet ’70s crooner to deranged ’80s junkyard-dog carnival barker. Like the pretty great 33 1/3 book on Swordfishtrombones, it cites Tom’s wife, Kathleen Brennan as a major godsend/influence in this and other regards — evidently she’s the one who got him into Captain Beefheart, which is of importance roughly as seismic as introducing Ted Nugent to firearms.