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Take It With Me When I Go: Tom Waits Turns 60

Barney Hoskyns, 'Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits' (Faber), December 2009

To celebrate Tom Waits' 60th birthday (December 9), I hereby offer the coda to my biography Lowside of the Road. An account of seeing the great man live in Edinburgh last summer – a show that produced two of the tracks on the album – it also marks the release of Waits' new Glitter and Doom Live – BH

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