Born Thomas Alan Waits on December 7, 1949 in Pomona, California, Tom Waits is occasionally described as the last beatnik performer. Heavily influenced by the Beat Generation of the 1940s and 50s, he has received more critical success than public popularity.
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Waits's first record was released in 1973, and by the 1980s he had become involved in acting and composing for films. Many of his songs are about shady, seedy characters, who Waits seems to embody with his own bizarre stage and screen personas.
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Purpose of this Guide
This guide is a starting point for those interested in researching singer-songwriter-storyteller-poet Tom Waits using the collections in BGSU's Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives (ML/BSSA). It is intended for scholars, students, and fans.
All of the materials listed are available online, or accessible in the ML/BSSA's collection. Collection items are linked to the library's catalog. Be sure to note circulation status, as many materials are for library use only.