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The Skid Row Drunk Goes Legit: Tom Waits live in New York

Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 1 December 1979

BECAUSE of circumstances too dumb to relate here and now, I had never seen Tom Waits doing a live show, unless, of course you count the night at the Lone Star Cafe when he got up with Kinky Friedman's Texas Jewboys because Friedman was incapable of doing more than sprawl in a booth and watch his own band playing 'Burma Shave' with Waits. But I already knew from his records that Waits was a man intent on building his own world.

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