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It’s been a Ten Year Silence since Warren Zevon died

September 7, 2013 2 comments

Warren Zevon – who “combined darkly humorous and cynical observations with heartfelt romantic sentiments and biting social satire” – died Sept 7 in 2003 at age 56 from lung cancer.

Courtesy lyricaltherapy.com

Courtesy lyricaltherapy.com


Personal Quotes of Warren

[commenting on his terminal illness] You’ve gotta remember, it’s not morbid to me. I know the hearse is parked at the curb and the motor is running. The thing is, I’m still trying to be cheery about it.

Enjoy Every Sandwich

I got to be Jim Morrison a lot longer than he did.

Going to a 7-Eleven in the middle of the night and hearing the clerk whistling one of my songs – that’s my idea of a great cover version.

Courtesy seventiesmusic.wordpress.com

Courtesy seventiesmusic.wordpress.com


Two of Bob’s Favorite Warren Zevon Songs

Carmelita – most heartfelt drug song I have experienced … so far –

Werewolves of London

Courtesy Austin Chronicle

Courtesy Austin Chronicle



Excellent Warren Zevon article
by The Guardian’s music writer Hadley Freeman


Rolling Stone bio article

Courtesy David Letterman show

Courtesy David Letterman show

Excerpts from IMDb Mini Biography of Warren Zevon written by Simonsayz

The son of a gangster immigrated from Russia and a Mormon Midwestern mother, Warren Zevon overcame a difficult childhood and an ill-fated start as a folk-rock-singer in the 1960s to establish himself as one of the most offbeat and intelligent singer-songwriters in the mid-1970s.

A trained classical pianist, he often combined darkly humorous and cynical observations with heartfelt romantic sentiments and biting social satire.
He is considered one of the best lyricists in songwriting and his interest in the literary world has led to friendships with many writers, including Hunter S. Thompson, Carl Hiaasen, Stephen King, Thomas McGuane and Dave Barry.

His breakthrough as a recording artist came in 1978 when his song “Werewolves of London” became a surprise hit, pushing the accompanying album “Excitable Boy” into the Top 30 as well. This album, like the preceding and critically praised eponymous album, were produced by Jackson Browne, who helped Warren get a recording contract and stayed a lifelong supporter and friend.

Though considered by the general public as a one-hit wonder – an impression not helped by “Werewolves of London” becoming a hit once more in 1986 following its use by Martin Scorsese in a key scene of The Color of Money – he had a highly praised recording career, a devoted fan-base and a lot of peer respect during the course of the publication of 15 solo albums from 1969 to 2002.

In 2001 Zevon was diagnosed as terminally ill with mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. He used his last months to record the final album, “The Wind”. The recording is the subject of a VH1 documentary, published posthumously on DVD – “Keep Me in Your Heart.”

Read the entire IMDb biography by Simonsayz

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