I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon

Book - 2007
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When Warren Zevon died in 2003, he left behind both a fanatical cult following and a rich catalog of dark, witty rock-n-roll classics that includes "Lawyers, Guns, and Money," "Excitable Boy," and the immortal "Werewolves of London." He also left a trove of misadventures and anecdotes, a veritable rock opera of drugs, women, celebrity, high times, and hard ways. As Warren once said, "I got to be Jim Morrison a lot longer than he did."

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is an intimate and unusual oral history of one of our most original and distinctive rock-and-roll antiheroes. Narrated by his former wife and longtime co-conspirator, Crystal Zevon, the book draws on over eighty interviews with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Stephen King, Billy Bob Thornton, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others who came under his mischievous spell. The result is a raucous and moving tale of love and obsession, creative genius and epic bad behavior. Told in the words and images of the friends, lovers, and legends who knew him best, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead captures Warren Zevon in all his turbulent glory.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060763459
Characteristics: xviii, 452 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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rollingstock May 30, 2014

One has to appreciate all the work that went into compiling and organizing all the tidbits in this book.
WZ was yet another casualty of the times and I found this a touching and sad account of a truly artistic and gifted songwriter and human being.

johnmarkeberhart Dec 08, 2010

The book tackles a fascinating subject: The late great rocker Warren Zevon, he of "Werewolves of London" fame. Sadly, the writing doesn't always hold up, but that's partly a structural problem -- the text consists of a string of anecdotes from people who knew Zevon. Some are enlightening, others seem rather pointless. But the author of the book is Crystal Zevon, who used to be married to this guy, and her memories and observations are phenomenal. The couple divorced long before Zevon's death from cancer, partly because of his substance abuse and resulting violence. Her contributions to the book are by turns poignant, disturbing and amusing. Clearly, there was love between these two, despite all the problems.


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