[Epub] ↠ Swordfishtrombones Author David Smay – Thomashillier.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Swordfishtrombones

  1. says:

    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 Holy Beat Barroom Singers, and if there was genuin...


  2. says:

    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 Smay tells takes on the same sort of rambling, mythic quality that the album does It s not reportage, there aren t many interviews, and he can t actually back up anything that he says except that Tom Waits wear 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 Smay tells takes on the same sort of rambling, mythic...


  3. says:

    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 vital work in the twenty first century He was too nostalgic, too sentimental, too hokey in his beatnickery, his voice too limited Even the most generous projection of Tom s career from 1974 would prob This book presents an interesting h...


  4. says:

    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 getthan 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 cliches and the largely self started myths of Tom Waits, because this was where Waits reinvented himself And it s the hook on which you can hang a consideration of Tom Waits personal and professional part Swordfishtrombones isn t my favourite Tom Waits album, but...


  5. says:

    Have you ever read a book and thought This is a person who enjoys the sound of his her own voice Welcome to such a book.I receive the 33 1 3 books for review on most occasions and this has to be the worst of the bunch not because it s not informative on a primitive level or almost fun to read but due to the author trying desperately to turn phrases, to be witty, to be cute, to be poetic When describi...


  6. says:

    This is a very good analysis of the album and how it fits in both with its times 1983 and its place in Tom Waits s albums The audio version is great, but I want to buy the print version so I can easily check out all of the other albums Smay mentions.


  7. says:

    Average book about an amazing album.Would ve likedinfo on the recording of the album.


  8. says:

    Awesome little book about the recording of this album, plus little snapshots of Tom Waits life This whole series is excellent, I also recommend OK Computer and Loveless.


  9. says:

    An insightful and moving guide to a transitional record that proved to be a milestone in the shaping of the current Tom Waits sound This 33 1 3 book, much like the other one in the series I ve read Unkn...


  10. says:

    To sum up, Tom Waits wears plows for feet Tom Waits is a big, fat fucking liar Tom Waits wears plows for feet This book goes down easy like a spoonful of musical Irish whisky 100,000 stars


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Swordfishtrombones 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.