It's official, Tom Waits has chosen five of my photographs to appear on the live album he's releasing this fall. Tom Waits: Glitter & Doom Live is a collection of songs taken from his recent tour through the US and Europe. ANTI- records has informed me that one of the images will run as a full 12" panel on the inside of the gate fold LP jacket.
This is an innocent dream. Tom Waits has had a huge effect on my creative development. I discovered the music he recorded on Asylum records in the darker years of my early twenties and he's been with me ever since. In June of '08 I traveled to Columbus, Ohio to photograph his performance. The work was published on Phawker, the excellent blog run by knowledgeable music journalist Jonathan Valania, with an essay by the inimitable Jonathan Michals. The essays on Tom Waits penned by Valania have appeared in Magnet Magazine as well as Innocent When You Dream: The Tom Waits Reader, with a foreward by Frank Black.
As a collector of his vinyl LP's, being included in the history of creative album photography from 1971 - the present is a tremendous honor. I'll post more information when I can disclose the details of the album. If you haven't seen Tom's creative press conference revealing his tour, check it out below, its worth the three minutes.