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The Many Faces of Tom Waits

The many photographs and portraits of Tom Waits are as engrossing as his brilliant, diverse catalog of music. Here are some of my favorites, gathered in celebration of the announcement that he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tom Waits, posing like one of the down and out characters about which he writes songs.

Tom Waits, posing like one of the down and out characters about which he writes songs.

Tom Waits in an image included in his 2006 collection Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards, a three-disc compendium.

Tom Waits in an image included in his 2006 collection Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards, a three-disc compendium.

This photo of Waits is by photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn ("Control") who has amassed so many images of Waits, he's published a book called "Waits/Corbijn" that is not easy to find.

This photo of Waits is by photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn ("Control") who has amassed so many images of Waits, he's published a book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Waits-Anton-Corbijn/dp/3829604149/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1292631980&sr=8-2-fkmr1">"Waits/Corbijn"</a> that is not easy to find.

This photograph of Waits was taken by British photographer Tom Sheehan.

This photograph of Waits was taken by British photographer <a href="http://www.tomsheehan.co.uk/index.html">Tom Sheehan.</a>

Tom Waits by photographer Joel Brodsky.

Tom Waits by photographer <a href="https://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com/photographer/default.aspx?photographerID=22">Joel Brodsky.</a>

Tom Waits, all holiday style.

Tom Waits, all holiday style.

Tom Waits and Iggy Pop.

Tom Waits and Iggy Pop.

Circa 1980, Hollywood, Los Angeles– Tom Waits Relaxing by Piano –Image by © Henry Diltz/CORBIS

Circa 1980, Hollywood, Los Angeles– Tom Waits Relaxing by Piano –Image by © Henry Diltz/CORBIS

Tom Waits and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.

Tom Waits and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.

Waits, photographed again by British photographer Tom Sheehan.

Waits, photographed again by British photographer <a href="http://www.tomsheehan.co.uk/index.html">Tom Sheehan</a>.

Tom Waits, fisheye style with bullhorns.

Tom Waits, fisheye style with bullhorns.

Tom Waits, steampunk style.

Tom Waits, steampunk style.

Tom Waits - how does he always manage to embody the concept of "cool"?

Tom Waits - how does he always manage to embody the concept of "cool"?