Tom Waits: Growling Through the Grain
Sunday Times, 14 April 2013
Back in the grim but glorious days of 1978, a young Dutch photographer named Anton Corbijn arrived in Los Angeles. It was his first trip to America. He took a taxi to the Tropicana Motel on Santa Monica Boulevard. Stepping out of the cab, he found Tom Waits sitting on the sidewalk.
“It was,” he recalls, savouring the memory, “a Hollywood dream come true.”
He shouldn’t have been surprised. The Tropicana, now sadly gone, was to LA what the Chelsea Hotel was and is to New York — rock’n’roll central. There’s no point in listing the people who stayed there because everybody stayed there. Tom was a permanent resident; he lived in a bungalow round the back.
Check out the NY Times Sunday Magazine photo essay on the 36 year collaboration between Waits and Corbijn that spawned their upcoming May 8th photo book HERE
Read Bryan Appleyard’s excellent essay on Tom Waits HERE
Photographs by Anton Corbijn and Tom Waits
Years Waits and Corbijn have collaborated: 36
Images in “Waits/Corbijn”: 226
Copies printed: 6,600
Sources: Tom Waits News, The New York Times, Sunday London Times