Wednesday 18 April 2007

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon

Release date May 01, 2007.
Reviewed as part of the First Look program.

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Warren Zevon as a final request, asked that his former (and only) wife, Crystal Zevon, compile his memoir. This book is that memoir. Written with the input of many people who all had their lives touched by this legend, it's an honest, and often not pleasant, look into the life and times of Warren.

Rarely have I seen such a turbulent yet surprising life. Turbulent because of his substance abuse and habit of acting without much thought for those around him. Surprising because through it all, you can't help but feel the love and respect that most in his life seem to hold for him.

It's a brilliant look into the struggle to have his music recognised more widely, the struggle within his relationships - romance and friends alike, the struggle to deal with the high pressures of his life and trying to find a balance between being a rock and roll star and being a normal everyday guy. Something he never quite seems to pull off.

This book sent me reaching for the internet often to research more deeply and to try and discover his music as, to be honest, I had never heard of Warren Zevon before now even though I had obviously heard his "Werewolves of London" track. Just listening to some of his music, the brilliance that is often discussed in the book, clearly shines through and it saddens me to know that his music isn't more well known and appreciated.

By the end of this book, I am sure I didn't understand Warren Zevon but then, I am not sure anyone really did, not fully. What I am also sure about though, is that when you read this book, you will discover someone who is impossible to forget and is well worth reading about. While he admitted himself, that he made a great many mistakes in life, he greatly inspires a lot of good. To me he did anyway.

I liked this book a lot.

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jenn said...

Thank you for this review. I really liked Warren Zevon. I practically cry when I hear his last album especally the song "Keep Me in Your Heart."

Charlene Martel said...

I adore that track too. It's one of the few I have heard. I really ought to buy his last album as I have heard nothing but great stuff about it.