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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon Paperback – May 6, 2008
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Crystal Zevon, his former wife and mother of his daughter, has interviewed many of the closest people to the late musician and has constructed an oral history of his life. Within her narrative framework each person takes turns telling stories in their own words, supplemented by Zevon's surprisingly detailed and hair-raising, candid diaries, and dozens of terrific personal and family photos. It's a similar format to George Plimpton's ...Read more ›
Written by Zevon's former wife Crystal, the book is a mix of narrative written by Crystal along with quotes from friends, family and fellow musicians that played with and admired Zevon that Crystal interviewed for this book. Zevon could be petty, was a nasty drunk but could also be a good friend to those he loved when he was sober. She has also includes excerpts from Warren's diary as well as illustrations by Mr. Bad Example and personal photos. When Warren found out he was going to die he embraced the potential publicity by asking his agent to exploit it knowing that this would truly be his last paycheck and that his family could benefit from it. He appeared on David Letterman's show (Letterman was a long time fan and Warren appeared with his band during at one point on the show), did multiple interviews and rushed to finish one final masterpiece before succumbing to "the big C". He beat doctors predictions and expectations surviving long enough to greet his twin grandsons.Read more ›
Ironically, Zevon, whose typically sharp, cynical, and biting songs helped bring an end to the Mellow Seventies, didn't really survive that decade himself, at least not commercially. As 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead' underscores, Zevon drifted through the next thirty years of his personal and creative life with difficulty, watching the popular audience for his work slowly evaporate while he became overwhelmed with substance, financial, and behavioral problems of astounding scope and variety. Always something of an 'artist's artist,' the acclaim of his industry peers never diminished.
Zevon apparently suffered from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and some type of agoraphobia as well as various kinds of addiction, but few readers may feel these problems excuse his physical, emotional, and verbal abuse towards one woman after another, his expectation that the women in his life were largely present only to respond to his needs, his failure to support his children for extended periods, and the infantile fits of rage he indulged himself in one year after another.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Little hard to keep people straight, but that's just part of a complex life. Pleased to have seen him in concert, wonderful venue, and wonderful concert. Rest in peace Warren.Published 27 days ago by MelsMovies
This is a fascinating biography of singer/songwriter/sometime rock star Warren Zevon by his ex-wife, Crystal Zevon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vincent Wan
This is an unvarnished look at the life of a rock artist. I have always been a big fan of Warren and his life story made me a little sad.Published 1 month ago by Richard
I was expecting it to read more like a traditional biography but it's still a very good look at the life of a musical genius.Published 3 months ago by Sandra R. Palazzo
A trash job on one of the most beautiful song writers in American history, his wife certainly had an axe to grind.. is genius art to be measured later by the mans life... Read morePublished 4 months ago by dadaloco
If you are a fan, read the book. You won't like everything you read but it allows you to understand Warren Zevon...The genius, the awful and the ugly.Published 5 months ago by T. Leggins
I really enjoyed the book, its honesty and warmth as well. Gave me a much greater understanding of Zevon. Total page Turner.Published 5 months ago by Seth