jueves, 8 de diciembre de 2016

Tom Waits cumple 67 años

Thomas Alan Waits (Pomona, California, 7 de diciembre de 1949), más conocido como Tom Waits, es un músico, cantante, compositor y actor estadounidense, famoso por sus canciones de tono áspero, inspiradas en escritores como Charles Bukowski y algunos de la generación beat, en especial Jack Kerouac. Waits tiene una voz distintiva, descrita por el crítico musical Daniel Durchholz como «si Waits hubiese sido sumergido en un depósito de bourbon, ahumado durante unos meses, y luego llevado afuera y aplastado por un coche». Con su rugido vocal como marca, y la incorporación a sus canciones de música industrial y de estilos musicales previos a la era del rock, tales como el blues, el jazz y el vodevil, Waits ha conseguido construir un personaje musical singular.6 También ha trabajado como compositor de bandas sonoras y como actor en películas, tales como Bajo el peso de la ley , Drácula y The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, y fue nominado al Óscar por la banda sonora de One from the Heart. Líricamente, las canciones de Waits presentan complejos retratos de lugares y personajes muy variados,8 aunque también muestra cierta inclinación por baladas más convencionales. Dada su poca repercusión mediática en televisión y radio, algunas de sus canciones son más conocidas a través de versiones hechas por otros artistas: tal es el caso de «Jersey Girl», interpretada por Bruce Springsteen, «Ol' '55», por The Eagles, y «Downtown Train», por Rod Stewart, entre otros. En 2011, Waits ingresó como miembro del Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll de manos de su compañero Neil Young. Waits vive actualmente en Sonoma, California, con su esposa, Kathleen Brennan, y tiene tres hijos, Kellesimone, Casey y Sullivan.

Thomas Alan "Tom" Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding like "it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car". With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musicals and has acted in supporting roles in films, including Paradise Alley and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He also starred in Jim Jarmusch's 1986 film Down by Law. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart. Waits' lyrics frequently present atmospheric portraits of grotesque, often seedy characters and places, although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best-known through cover versions by more commercial artists: "Jersey Girl", performed by Bruce Springsteen, "Ol' '55", by the Eagles, and "Downtown Train", by Rod Stewart. Although Waits' albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards and has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations. In 2011, Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also included among the 2010 list of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers, as well as the 2015 list of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. Waits lives in Sonoma County, California, with his wife Kathleen Brennan (married August 1980) and their three children. Extraido de Wikipedia.

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