darch: His biography (written by his ex-wife Crystal). i'll Sleep When I'm Dead..." is one of the hardest-hitting books I've ever read. It was totally unvarnished (at his request) and presented a really conflicted, petty and sometimes downright mean man. There's no denying his genius, but he left a lot of damage in his wake.
John Buck 41: darch: His biography (written by his ex-wife Crystal). i'll Sleep When I'm Dead..." is one of the hardest-hitting books I've ever read. It was totally unvarnished (at his request) and presented a really conflicted, petty and sometimes downright mean man. There's no denying his genius, but he left a lot of damage in his wake.One of the best bios books I've ever read.
hubiestubert: I got a chance to work with Warren Zevon a few times. Or rather, I was part of clubs that he played at, and the interactions of a semi-regular act and the house is about as close as it got. But the thing that struck me, was that when he rolled in, he came in his own car. He drove to his own gigs by himself. He unloaded his gear, and if he had folks on stage with him, they came on their own power as well. No huge train of folks, plus ones, or the usual bullsh*t. He came in, he asked to get a cheeseburger most times before a show, and one for afterward, and then he packed his gear back in his car, and drove off. No weird ego, no tantrums, just a professional, and he saved the emotion for the crowd. We got to know him a bit better at the Iron Horse--he came through enough times, and our engineer and he used to sit and talk a bit while things got set up, and he still drove to his gigs, unpacked his gear, and had a few quiet moments after the show to grab a bite before getting on the road again. All that mess that Jackson Brown used to whine about? Zevon embraced, and just did. He wasn't always the most giving person to his fans--he was polite and even reserved, but with a lot of self deprecation, and that spoke volumes. His heyday had passed when we got his gigs, but he put out some great tunes, and he played the Hells out of his songs, and had new material on a regular basis, and it wasn't always flashy, it was often introspective, and we always looked forward to him coming in, because he represented that consummate professionalism that folks in the business respect the heck out of.
jake_lex: I think the most essential Zevon song of all has to be "Desperadoes Under the Eaves", which might as well have been his autobiography., that tale of creating beauty under extremely dismal circumstances, the hum of the air conditioner turning into a symphony. It's just one of those songs where if it comes on, I have to stop everything and give it my full attention./and if California slides into the ocean//as the mystics and statistics say it will///i predict this motel will be standing////until I pay my bill
Dwight_Yeast: The frightening thing is that that song was written just a few years into his career.
"Bill Lee"You're supposed to sit on your ass and nod at stupid thingsMan, that's hard to doAnd if you don't, they'll screw youAnd if you do, they'll screw you, tooWhen I'm standing in the middle of the diamond all aloneI always play to winWhen it comes to skin and boneAnd sometimes I say things I shouldn'tLike....And sometimes I say things I shouldn'tLike....
Sinbox: Dwight_Yeast: The frightening thing is that that song was written just a few years into his career.If you're referring to Desperados..., that was actually recorded in 1975 and released on what he felt was his proper debut album* back in 1976 (the eponymous album.)
One that is special to me--'Tenderness On The Block'
davynelson: his music seemed rather mundane generallyaverage tunes for average folks/nothin wrong with that
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