Talk:Tom Waits

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Personal Life?[edit]

Is it really not significant to mention Tom Waits' wife and children anywhere in this article other than one line in the intro? His wife inspired the song "Jersey Girl" and his son performs with him musically these days, after all, and his daughter is an artist. Xprivate eyex (talk) 07:24, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

You're probably right. Why don't you go ahead and add the material you would like to see? --Jleon (talk) 14:43, 30 July 2012 (UTC)
It depends on what kind of information you're talking about, but, yes, some information about his family life could be relevant. Two of his sons actually perform with him now, Kathleen writes and produces with Tom, and Greg Cohen, who plays with him sometimes, is his brother-in-law. So, yes, his family is involved in his music. ---The Old JacobiteThe '45 15:43, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

I personally very much dislike articles like this one, where the only way to find out more about the person's personal life is to read a billion unrelated words. -- (talk) 18:30, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Best Known For?[edit]

Does anyone else believe that it is getting anachronistic at this point to claim that Tom Waits "songs are best known" through cover versions by "classic rock" artists? Unlike the Eagles and Rod Stewart and Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits has continued to gain new listeners for his new work well into our century. He is not primarily associated with the 70s or 80s - something that can't be said about the other three recording artists cited. Vicperry (talk) 06:52, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

I do think saying his work is "best known" by other artists undermines him a bit, it could be re-written to say that they were "notably covered by..." or "garnered commercial success by...". I became a fan a year ago and I'm only 18 so I do understand where you're coming from, and though I don't think his career has had as significant success in recent years as before, from a quick read of the article it does read like the material covering his "career successes" could be neutralized a bit, more coverage of his recent art could be added. Bonnietylersave (talk) 17:06, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
Agreed. Jpcohen (talk) 21:22, 23 August 2013 (UTC)


Why is the filmography included in the discography instead of the main article? I can see no convention on that. --Myxomatosis57 (talk) 13:09, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

It is standard practice, see the Bob Dylan discography. ---The Old JacobiteThe '45 15:17, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
I've checked filmography sections of some other major artists. As far as I observe, only Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan articles include the filmography in the discography, while numerious other articles (David Bowie, Isaac Hayes, Sting, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, etc.) list filmographies in the main article if they're not notable enough to have their own articles. Personally, I can see no logic in including a filmography in a discography. I believe that a consensus should be reached on this topic. Thank you. Myxomatosis57 (talk) 17:30, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

The Tempest[edit]

Tom Waits' contribution to Teller's recent adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest should probably be mentioned. ref: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:49, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

adding an new link[edit]

For 1 month we re-published the Tom Waits Library, which is a big source of information about Tom Waits' lige and music. I tried to add the new URL but didn't succees. Is there anyone who can help or add it? The new URL is www/

Kees Lau — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:25, 8 November 2015 (UTC)


Tom Waits' genres on his page are Rock and Experimental. What's that about? I think it's obvious to anyone who has listened to any Tom Waits that he'd be classified as Blues and/or Jazz before Rock. — Preceding unsigned comment added by DaddyoKrsna (talkcontribs) 17:47, 19 June 2017 (UTC)