Score: Tom Waits' double vision
The Bee Gees.
THE old world enigma of Tom Waits cops a dose of double exposure when Waits/ Corbijn '77-'11 drops on May 8. The book of photographs charts the 35-year relationship between the coal-throated singer and Dutch snapper Anton Corbijn, art director to U2, brooding image maker to countless other stars and recently filmmaker (The American). About one-third of the luxury tome features Waits' public debut as a photographer alongside musings on the pair's mutually significant artistic journey: ''Believe me, I won't go jumping off rocks wearing only a Dracula cape for just anyone.'' The limited edition of 6600 can be pre-ordered ($199.99) at tomwaits.com.
Brunny's purple patch
THE Brunswick Music Festival turns 25 in March, surrounded by a league of old friends from the far corners of the globe. The ''mini-retrospective'' program features Australian folk doyenne Judy Small, who played the first festival in 1989, as well as perennial favourites Mary Coughlan, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, Finbar Furey, Chris Smither, Eric Bogle and Archie Roach.
In its first gig since 2004, genre-trashing folk supergroup the Purple Dentists complete a poignant quarter-century circle at the annual memorial concert for their late mandolin player, Louis McManus. The festival runs from March 13 to 24.
Bee Gee's album
THE ''most expensive Australian album'' will plummet in price next week when Festival Records issues the long-deleted The Bee Gees Sing & Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs in a three-CD set of the band's early Australian recordings.
Mark Crohan, the Melbourne-based co-author of the benchmark biography Tales of the Brothers Gibb, says the band's 1965 debut has changed hands for $2500 to $5000 in recent years, and that Festival had to borrow his copy to reproduce the artwork.
Also out to coincide with the surviving Gibb's first solo tour is the compilation album Morning of My Life, titled by Barry himself, Crohan says, after one of his few teenaged tunes likely to pop up at Rod Laver Arena on February 12.
Britain's Brodsky Quartet and German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser are among the artists announced to collaborate with the 71 students of the Australian National Academy of Music in 2013.
Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen will electrify Mozart and Beethoven in May, Paul Kelly will reprise his Melbourne Festival hit Conversations With Ghosts with James Ledger and Genevieve Lacey in September, and British violin virtuoso Anthony Marwood will return for his fourth consecutive year in November.
British conductor James Judd will make his ANAM debut at the free opening performance of 20th-century masters Britten, Shostakovich and Lutosławski at South Melbourne Town Hall on March 1.
A BATTLE of the Bons will mark the 33rd anniversary of the AC/DC legend's death, aged 33, on February 19. The Best of Bon Scott is an all-star gig at the new Yarraville Club on February 9, led by Dallas Crane's Dave Larkin and Even's Ash Naylor. Ten days later at the Corner Hotel, Nick Barker reprises his breakfast-raising lead role in the hard rock dramatisation Hell Ain't A Bad Place to Be.
For those who like a bit of Brian with their Bon, High Voltage hit the Commercial Hotel in South Morang this Saturday, Thunderstruck tear up Mr Pockets in Tullamarine February 23 and Acca/ Dacca is planning a March sortie from Brissy. The bad news? With all those royalties rolling in, the return of the real thing remains a remote prospect.