Synopses & Reviews
< p=""> Told in the words of his musical accomplices, fellow& ndash; travelers, friends, and lovers, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is an intimate and unusual biography of fabled singer& ndash; songwriter Warren Zevon, the musical force behind such dark, witty rock& ndash; and& ndash; roll classics as Werewolves of London and Roland, the Headless Thompson Gunner. <> < p=""> Narrated by Crystal Zevon, Zevon's former (and only) wife, it draws on interviews with Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstadt, Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, the Everly Brothers, and a host of other denizens of Southern California's influential rock scene to tell the story of the original Excitable Boy: literary hoodlum, OCD sufferer, brilliant songwriter, and rock& ndash; and& ndash; roll icon.<>
"A moralist in cynic's clothing, Zevon nails a part of the American character rarely captured in pop music." Bruce Springsteen
"This is an extraordinary book unflinchingly honest, scarily funny, relentlessly cynical and always immensely entertaining. Just like Warren Zevon." Dave Barry
"All pop music collections need this book." Library Journal
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.
Provocative and unflinching, "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" is the extraordinary oral biography of fabled singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, as told by his famous and notorious friends, lovers, and accomplices.