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Way back in 2006 was when we first decided to translate this Tom Waits biography by Jay S. Jacobs to German.

We have decided to tackle this project because we are convinced that this is the best book available about Tom Waits. It's far from perfect, and even farther from complete. But have compared it to the others. And Jay S. Jacobs won.

To buy the translation rights was sort of an impulse purchase. None of us is making their money with translations, with typesetting or publishing books. We have no experience in any of these fields, although we have sneaked into one or two of those.

Our determination turned out to be a very refreshing tour de force. While being on the commuter train and in an old signal man's house is where the rough translation was done. During the day we went about our jobs and in the evenings and sleepless nights we continuously reworked the chapters. Enough time to listen to Tom Waits' music!

If you ever did the typesetting for a book, then you know that the devil is in the details. And a book has got a lot of those. We really hope that, in comparison to professionals, we didn't ruin it too much. We pay our respects to all the designers out there who continue to turn out beautiful books. Tommi did a pretty good job, though (remarks DK).

We pay further respect to all the editors of this world, who hunt down and kill off typing mistakes, contectual weeds and stylistic bugs alike. We especially thank Andreas Feuerstein, who did his best to make our book readable and who can probably recite it by heart.

We also extend our thanks to Gabriela Linares and Jurgen Verfaillie. The two of them have not only illustrated each chapter and created the cover, they have read the book, understood it and in ther passion for music created 13 works of art that made this book such a beauty. Thanks!

Well, we're keeping our fingers crossed. And ask you kindly:
Read the book and enjoy it (if you read German, that is).


Tommi Brem und Daniel Knapp
Stuttgart & Hergensweiler, Februayr 2009
 
TOM WAITS: MUSIK & MYTHOS
JAY S. JACOBS

(Original title: "Wild Years: The Music and Myth of Tom Waits")

368 Pages | Paperback


Price: 10,- Euro (+ shipment)


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