28 Apr 2013

New York Times Sunday Magazine Piece

Check out the NY Times Sunday Magazine photo essay on the 36 year collaboration between Waits and Corbijn that spawned their upcoming May 8th photo book here.

  • 27 Apr 2013

    Sunday London Times Magazine Article and Select Images From “WAITS/CORBIJN ’77 – ‘11”

    Tomato Seeds (Tom Waits) Monsters On The Sidewalk (Tom Waits) California, Dillon Beach, 2002 (Anton Corbijn) Tom Waits: Growling Through the Grain Sunday Times, 14 April 2013 Back in the grim but glorious days of 1978, a young Dutch photographer named Anton Corbijn arrived in Los Angeles. It was his first trip to America. He took a taxi to the Tropicana Motel on Santa Monica Boulevard. Stepping out of the cab, he found Tom Waits sitting on the sidewalk. “It was,” he recalls, savouring the memory, “a Hollywood dream come true.” He shouldn’t have been surprised. The Tropicana, now sadly gone, was to LA what the Chelsea Hotel was and is to New York — rock’n’roll central. There’s no point in listing the people who stayed there because everybody stayed there. Tom was a permanent resident; he lived in a bungalow round the back. Click here to read more:

  • 27 Apr 2013

    Anton Corbijn To Open “Waits/Corbijn ‘77 - ‘11” Exhibition On May 5th In Amsterdam

    On May 5th, WAITS/CORBIJN ’77 –’11, a limited edition book by Anton Corbijn and Tom Waits will be presented for the first time at &Foam the project space of Foam, the Photography Museum Amsterdam. To celebrate the book release, there will be an exhibition of unique material on display, allowing an insight into the book’s creative process and how this collaboration came to fruition. Anton Corbijn will be present at the event on May 5th to sign copies, ahead of the book’s worldwide release on the 8th of May. The presentation is organized by Foam, which since opening its doors in 2001, has established itself as one of Europe’s primary venues for photography. Foam has hosted solo exhibitions by key names in international photography, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Annie Leibovitz and Anton Corbijn, whose major exhibition of recent work “Inwards and Onwards” was Foam’s highest attended show to date. Click here to pre-order the book. For more information on the presentation visit: For more information on the book visit:

  • 27 Apr 2013

    Tom Waits and Anton Corbijn to Release a Collaborative Photographic Book “Waits/Corbijn ‘77-‘11”

    WAITS/CORBIJN ‘77-‘11, a collector’s edition linen slipcase book limited to 6,600 copies, is scheduled for a May 8th release in US and Europe by renowned German publisher <a href= “” target=_BLANK>Schirmer-Mosel</a>. The coffee table art book not only features over 200 pages of Waits’ portraits taken by Corbijn over four decades, but also includes over 50 pages of the first published collection of musings and photographs taken by Waits himself. The linen bound book has  introductions written by film director Jim Jarmusch, and the longtime music critic Robert Christgau.

    WAITS/CORBIJN ‘77-’11 is the chronicle of an artistic collaboration that reaches back more than 35 years, to those first black-and-white photographs of Tom Waits taken by a young Anton Corbijn in Holland in 1977. Corbijn would go on to acclaim for his iconic enigmatic portraits of musicians and other artists—from U2 and Miles Davis to Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood to Damien Hirst and Gerhard Richter—also becoming a designer, a pioneer in music video and more recently, an award-winning director of feature films. By 1977, Tom Waits was already known world-wide for a series of stunning, timeless albums, filled with songs of a noir-tinged Los Angeles that owed as much to writers like John Fante and Jack Kerouac as it did to jazz, blues and tin-pan alley that had soaked into Waits’ pores from childhood. Ahead of Waits lay his partnership with Kathleen Brennan—leading to such touchstone recordings as Rain Dogs and Mule Variations—his film work with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Jim Jarmusch, and his stage projects with legendary director Robert Wilson.

    In those first photographs, then, are the seeds of these two intertwined careers, feeding off each other. Waits’ vibrant persona helped Corbijn define his narrative, cinematic style of still photography: images that felt as if you were coming in on the middle of some unfolding drama. Corbijn complimented Waits’ theatrical side in a way that synced beautifully with the experimental music he was making with Brennan.  “Anton picks up a small black box, points it at you and all the leaves fall from the trees. The shadows now are long and scary, the house looks completely abandoned and I look like a handsome… undertaker. I love working with Anton, he’s someone with a real point of view. Believe me, I won’t go jumping off rocks wearing only a Dracula cape for just anyone,” Waits says.

    Waits’ own photography, collected here for the first time under the title “Curiosities,” gives a visual handle to the artistic intelligence millions of fans know only through his music.

    Photographs of Tom Waits by Anton Corbijn, photographs by Tom Waits of the vivid quotidian, stretching down through the years and presented for the first time in a beautiful clothbound book; side by side, these 226 images record one of the longest and most fruitful collaborations in the careers of both artists. “It’s rare”, Corbijn says, “to take photographs of someone over a 30+ year period. Our work together developed totally organically and that’s a beauty in itself. We are very serious about our work but when it comes to working together, we’re like children resisting maturity. It’s liberating and a much needed legal drug.”

    Waits/Corbijn ’77-‘11

    Photographs by Anton Corbijn

    Curiosities by Tom Waits

    Texts by Jim Jarmusch and Robert Christgau  

    Limited edition of 6.600 w/slipcase

    272 pages, 226 color and duotone plates

    ISBN 978-3-8296-0555-7

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  • 26 Apr 2013

    Hear Tom Waits and Keith Richards sing Shenandoah

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  • 30 Aug 2011

    Listen to the title track from Tom Waits’ upcoming album Bad As Me, out 10/25 on limited edition deluxe CD, CD and LP, and pre-order the album here.

  • 23 Aug 2011

    Today is the day!  Tune in to Tom Waits’ Private Listening Party and get more info at

  • 17 Aug 2011

    There have been rumblings and rumors. New music from Tom Waits, you say? Come to on Tuesday August 23rd, and Mr. Waits himself will set the record straight.

  • 9 Aug 2011

    ANTI- Records and 170 Million Americans are pleased to announce the release of Raise Your Voice!, a 16-track compilation in support of public broadcasting. To get a free download of the…