“I first met Tom Waits in 1975 when Dutch music paper OOR sent journalist Constant Meijers to Los Angeles. I was his photographer for six weeks while he was there.
We met Tom while he was living at the Tropicana Motel for an interview and photos. Then we went to Duke’s which was the coffee shop of the motel.”
“Then we saw Tom do a midnight show at the Troubadour, where I did some more photos.”
“When I met Tom at the motel and coffee shop he appeared like an extreme oddball, but when I saw and heard him sing at the Troubadour that night I was so very much impressed by his talent, especially when he sang so visually about raindrops forming diamonds on his windshield, using parking meters as walking sticks and saying that he was so horny the crack of dawn had to be careful around him.”
“Later after I moved to Amsterdam, I saw him do a small show for insiders at the American Hotel in Amsterdam and I photographed him in the lobby of Wiechmann Hotel.”
(Credit: ©Barry Schultz)