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Tom Waits' Rain Dogs: Influences and Musical Genre

  • Author / Creator
    Tchir, Stephen P
  • This thesis examines the implications of musical genre for American songwriter Tom Waits’ 1985 studio album Rain Dogs. A discussion of recording artists and composers of the twentieth century that influenced Waits at this time serves to identify the multiple styles within which he writes and performs. Descriptive analyses of each of the album’s nineteen tracks highlight salient musical elements to demonstrate how these pieces fit within specific styles. Finally, a music and text analysis demonstrates how Waits’ performance of multiple musical genres, each with their own encoded historical and cultural associations, affects the thematic content and narrative structure of the album.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3W669K70
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Music
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Gier, Christina (Music)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Gier, Christina (Music)
    • Tao, Patricia (Music) (Oral Examination Chair)
    • Spinetti, Federico (Music)
    • Gramit, David (Music)