Legend. Bum. Genius. Con Man. Devoted husband and father. Myth. Storyteller. Inspiration. Drunk. Visionary. Tom Waits is all of these things.Waits is the lifeline between the great Beat poets and todays rock & roll heroes. Hes old enough to be your dad and cool enough to be your hero. One of the few truly original musicians recording today, hes also the rare singer who can actually act, and he has put together a respectable body of work in movies.Wild Years.