Friday, 2 December 2011

anders petersen photos from cafe lehmitz and the rain dogs cover

Rain Dogs by Tom Waits is a great album, probably (along with Swordfishtrombones) my favourite Tom Waits album. And the cover is pretty striking as well.
I think most people think it is an early shot of Tom, or has been doctored in some way, but the photograph is from the Cafe Lehmitz, a dodgy cafe near the Hamburg red light district, and was taken between 1967 and 1970 by Anders Petersen, along with lots more, all showcasing the drunks, hustlers and prostitutes that used to frequent it.
That's what the Colburn Lodge in Catterick used to be like (Ah....happy days).

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