I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon (Hardcover)

The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon

By Crystal Zevon

Ecco, 9780060763459, 480pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2007



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.

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

“In one of the most unflinching examinations of the rock & roll life ever, Warren Zevon’s ex-wife Crystal paints a harrowing picture of a brilliant mind ravaged by alcohol — using excerpts from the late singer-songwriter’s journals and interviews with friends including Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen.” -Rolling Stone, The Best of Rock Issue“This is an extraordinary book -- unflinchingly honest, scarily funny, relentlessly cynical and always immensely entertaining. Just like Warren Zevon.” -Dave Barry“.. a fascinating collection of anecdotes... as assembled by his ex-wife, Crystal Zevon. ” -Philadelphia Daily News“[A] new, riveting oral history... unflinching interviews with his friends, admirers and fellow hell-raisers.” -Rolling Stone“…packed full of... the cynical humor for which Warren Zevon was so famous.” -Bangor Daily News“...the book [is] a tender song in itself.” -Seattle Times“... an unforgettable journey into the depths of Mr. Zevon’s mad genius.” -New York Times“…I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead definitely piles up enough horrendous behavior to back the title’s claim.” -New York Times Book Review“… a grisly but fascinating rock ‘n’ roll journal…” -Birmingham News“This often searing, humorous, and brutally honest book captures him at his best and his worst.” -Booklist“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead turns out to be one of the most casually insightful rock bios ever.” Grade: A- -Entertainment Weekly“Few books have captured so well the L.A. rock and roll scene in all its mindlessness and eloquence.” -Los Angeles Magazine“All pop music collections need this book.” -Library Journal“It’s a lurid, page-turning read, filled with big successes and deep lows.” -Fort Worth Star-Telegram“ The book reveals a smartass satirist . . . as bankrupt as the characters he documented in his songs.” -Los Angeles Times“Zevon...was a brilliant, funny, biting, tender storyteller...and [this] will keep him in your heart.” -Mitch Albom, author of FOR ONE MORE DAY and TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE“It’s a frank account of yet another great talent taken down by his own demons.” -Time Out Chicago“A harrowing ride through the backstreets of the L.A. music business with the King of Song Noir.” -Jackson Browne“… that’s what this book is about—humanizing this mythic character” -Harp Magazine“[It’s] a satisfyingly sordid read that’s full of bad behavior…” -Philadelphia Inquirer“Crystal Zevon succeeds in channeling Warren Zevon, giving us a complete, engrossing picture of a compelling artist.” -Orlando Sentinel“Warren Zevon...was one of the most interesting writers of the era, and certainly ahead of his time. ” -Gore Vidal“A moralist in cynic’s clothing, Zevon nails a part of the American character rarely captured in pop music.” -Bruce Springsteen