More International Press for WAITS/CORBIJN ’77 – ’11

London Sunday Times Magazine, UK
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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.”

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DeMorgen Magazine, Belgium
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L’Express Style, France
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C’est l’une des sagas photographiques les plus riches jamais consacrée à une légende du rock. L’histoire commence à Amsterdam, en 1977, lorsqu’un jeune photographe néerlandais se faufile dans la loge d’un chanteur américain déjà nimbé de mystère. Le premier, Anton Corbijn a 21 ans ; le second, Tom Waits, 28. Suivront trente-six années d’amitié fascinée. « Tom Waits irradiait, raconte Corbijn. Son visage, son corps, es mouvements, surtout, m’évoquaient Egon Schiele, la brutalité crue des nus de Lucian Freud, le dandysme de Kerouac, le génie de Bukowski…» Une mythologie commune aux deux hommes, qu’Anton orbijn explorera sur les chemins du rock : le groupe Depeche Mode, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop seront magnifiés par ses grands portraits en noir et lanc, aux contrastes accusés, austères et tourmentés, à la façon du Nord. ientôt surnommé « Hamlet », Corbijn produira – notamment – nombre ’images de Joy Division et de New Order, deux groupes cultes parmi les lus dark.

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L’Express Culture, France
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La Republica, Italy
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“Una Vita Con Waits”

Tom Waits ha 64 anni, compiuti il 7 dicembre, ma potrebbe averne 102 o 21, non farebbe tanta differenza. Lo scorrere del tempo, il cambiare delle stagioni e delle mode non lo riguardano: la musica che crea, le canzoni che canta, gli strumenti che suona, non hanno alcuna relazione con l’oggi. E non si tratta di snobismo, non è un rifiuto della modernità tecnologicamente intesa, o di un rapporto completo con la contemporaneità.

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Sources: Tom Waits news

Making Art With Tom Waits – Articles & Select Images

Photo: Tom Waits

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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

Anton Corbijn To Open “Waits/Corbijn ’77 – ’11” Exhibition On May 5th In Amsterdam

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On May 5th, WAITS/CORBIJN ’77 –’11, a limited edition book by Anton Corbijn and Tom Waits will be presented for the first time at &Foam the project space of Foam, the Photography Museum Amsterdam. To celebrate the book release, there will be an exhibition of unique material on display, allowing an insight into the book’s creative process and how this collaboration came to fruition. Anton Corbijn will be present at the event on May 5th to sign copies, ahead of the book’s worldwide release on the 8th of May. The presentation is organized by Foam, which since opening its doors in 2001, has established itself as one of Europe’s primary venues for photography. Foam has hosted solo exhibitions by key names in international photography, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Annie Leibovitz and Anton Corbijn, whose major exhibition of recent work “Inwards and Onwards” was Foam’s highest attended show to date.

LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK

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WAITS/CORBIJN ‘77-‘11
Photographs by Anton Corbijn
Curiosities by Tom Waits
Collector’s Edition of 6,600 copies
with slipcase

List price:
€ 148.- plus local VAT
(D) € 158.36 / (A) € 162.80 /
(CH) CHF 204.00
(US) US$ 200.00 / (GB) GBP 135.00

10 x 14⅙ in. / 25.5 x 36 cm
272 pages, 226 color and duotone plates

ISBN 978-3-8296-0555-7

THE BOOK

WAITS/CORBIJN ‘77-‘11 is the celebration of an artistic collaboration that reaches back more than 35 years, to those first black-and-white photographs of Tom Waits taken by a young and virtually unknown Anton Corbijn in Holland in 1977. Corbijn would go on to acclaim for his iconic, enigmatic portraits of musicians and other artists – from U2 and Miles Davis to Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood to Damien Hirst and Gerhard Richter – also becoming a pioneer in music video and more recently, an award-winning director of feature films.

By 1977, Tom Waits was already known worldwide for a series of stunning, timeless albums, filled with songs of a noir-tinged Los Angeles that owed as much to writers like John Fante and Jack Kerouac as it did to the jazz, blues, and tin-pan alley that had soaked into Waits’ pores from childhood. Ahead of Waits lay his partnership with Kathleen Brennan – leading to such touchstone recordings as Rain Dogs and Mule Variations – his film work with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Jim Jarmusch, and his stage projects with legendary director Robert Wilson.

In those first photographs, then, are the seeds of these two intertwined careers, feeding off each other. Waits’ vibrant persona helped Corbijn define his narrative, cinematic style of still photography: images that felt as if you were coming in on the middle of some unfolding drama. In turn, Corbijn helped Waits evolve his visual style into a new theatrical self that synced beautifully with the experimental music he was making with Brennan. And lead him to his own photography, collected here for the first time under the title “Curiosities,” a visual handle to the artistic intelligence millions of fans know only through his music. Photographs of Tom Waits by Anton Corbijn, photographs by Tom Waits of the vivid quotidian, stretching down through the years, and presented for the first time in a beautiful clothbound book; side by side, these 226 images record one of the longest and most fruitful collaborations in the careers of both artists.

One of the best anti-war song/video: Hell Broke Luce by Tom Waits

Sources: Tom Waits-Anton Corbijn, Tom Waits news, YouTube, Wiki

Tom Waits and Anton Corbijn to Release a Collaborative Photographic Book “Waits/Corbijn ’77-’11”

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WAITS/CORBIJN ‘77-‘11, a collector’s edition linen slipcase book limited to 6,600 copies, is scheduled for a May 8th release in US and Europe by renowned German publisher Schirmer-Mosel. The coffee table art book not only features over 200 pages of Waits’ portraits taken by Corbijn over four decades, but also includes over 50 pages of the first published collection of musings and photographs taken by Waits himself. The linen bound book has introductions written by film director Jim Jarmusch, and the longtime music critic Robert Christgau.

WAITS/CORBIJN ‘77-’11 is the chronicle of an artistic collaboration that reaches back more than 35 years, to those first black-and-white photographs of Tom Waits taken by a young Anton Corbijn in Holland in 1977. Corbijn would go on to acclaim for his iconic enigmatic portraits of musicians and other artists—from U2 and Miles Davis to Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood to Damien Hirst and Gerhard Richter—also becoming a designer, a pioneer in music video and more recently, an award-winning director of feature films. By 1977, Tom Waits was already known world-wide for a series of stunning, timeless albums, filled with songs of a noir-tinged Los Angeles that owed as much to writers like John Fante and Jack Kerouac as it did to jazz, blues and tin-pan alley that had soaked into Waits’ pores from childhood. Ahead of Waits lay his partnership with Kathleen Brennan—leading to such touchstone recordings as Rain Dogs and Mule Variations—his film work with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Jim Jarmusch, and his stage projects with legendary director Robert Wilson.

In those first photographs, then, are the seeds of these two intertwined careers, feeding off each other. Waits’ vibrant persona helped Corbijn define his narrative, cinematic style of still photography: images that felt as if you were coming in on the middle of some unfolding drama. Corbijn complimented Waits’ theatrical side in a way that synced beautifully with the experimental music he was making with Brennan. “Anton picks up a small black box, points it at you and all the leaves fall from the trees. The shadows now are long and scary, the house looks completely abandoned and I look like a handsome… undertaker. I love working with Anton, he’s someone with a real point of view. Believe me, I won’t go jumping off rocks wearing only a Dracula cape for just anyone,” Waits says.
Waits’ own photography, collected here for the first time under the title “Curiosities,” gives a visual handle to the artistic intelligence millions of fans know only through his music.

Photographs of Tom Waits by Anton Corbijn, photographs by Tom Waits of the vivid quotidian, stretching down through the years and presented for the first time in a beautiful clothbound book; side by side, these 226 images record one of the longest and most fruitful collaborations in the careers of both artists. “It’s rare”, Corbijn says, “to take photographs of someone over a 30+ year period. Our work together developed totally organically and that’s a beauty in itself. We are very serious about our work but when it comes to working together, we’re like children resisting maturity. It’s liberating and a much needed legal drug.”

Waits/Corbijn ’77-‘11
Photographs by Anton Corbijn
Curiosities by Tom Waits
Texts by Jim Jarmusch and Robert Christgau
Limited edition of 6.600 w/slipcase
272 pages, 226 color and duotone plates
ISBN 978-3-8296-0555-7

Sources: Tom Waits-Anton Corbijn, Tom Waits news, Wiki