Talking about music, goes the old wisdom, is like dancing about architecture. What Van Morrison called the "inarticulate speech" at the center of musical expression might explain why a significant number of music bios, from the glamour-puss paperback to the stately career overview, often spiral off into fan-boy strokes or humorless academic finger exercises. The built-in danger is compounded, of course, when the musician in question is marked by a fundamental uniqueness of character or artistic vision, both of which Tom Waits possesses in spades; pedestrian writing only makes reading about a visionary more painful. That... More >>>