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Spans Tom Waits' extraordinary 40-year career, from Closing Time to Orphans . From his perilous 'jazzbo' years in '70s Los Angeles to the multiple-Grammy winner - by way of such shape-shifting '80s albums as Swordfishtrombones , this biography charts Waits' life step-by-step and album-by-album.
Barney Hoskyns is the co-founder and editorial director of online rock-journalism library Rock's Backpages (www.rocksbackpages.com), and author of several books including Across the Great Divide: The Band & America (1993), Waiting for the Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes, & the Sound of Los Angeles (1996), and Hotel California: Singer-Songwriters & Cocaine Cowboys in the LA Canyons (2005). A former US correspondent for MOJO, Hoskyns writes for Uncut, The Observer Music Monthly and other UK publications, and has contributed to Vogue, Rolling Stone and GQ. He lives in southwest London.