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Tom Waits

Tom Waits

1949 -

Origin: United States

Main instrument: Vocal

Genres: Avant-garde, Rock

Recounting after-hours antics in his smoky, whiskey-soaked voice, Tom Waits has garnered a cult following since the mid 1970s for his singular crooning style and carnivalesque sound. The eclectic artist combines song and monologue, illuminating the gritty underbelly of after dark with glittering poetry and pizzazz. He makes an easy transition between music and movies, composing films for major directors such as Jim Jarmusch and Francis Ford Coppola, and appearing alongside the likes of Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. The showman also lends his dramatic flair to theatre productions, whether on stage or behind the scenes.


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