Crystal Zevon is Warren Zevon's former wife and lifelong friend. She lives in Vermont near her daughter, son-in-law, and twin grandsons.
When Warren Zevon died in 2003, the rock world lost one of its most raucous "excitable boys" and a brilliant singer/songwriter. Zevon's many memorable songs, ranging from "Werewolves of London" to "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead," poke fun at the rock'n'roll lifestyle and offer raw, cynical commentary on late 20th-century society. Interweaving the remembrances of Zevon's many friends with entries from his own journals, Crystal, his widow, presents an intimate look at Zevon's wild life of drugs, women, and music. Among others, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Carl Hiaasen, Stephen King, and the Everly Brothers, with whom Zevon got his start, share reminiscences. A former girlfriend, Merle Ginsberg, captures Zevon best: "The happiest I ever saw Warren was when he was in the recording studio. He came alive and he was a different person." One day there might be a definitive biography that analyzes Zevon's music, but for now this quasi memoir brings him back to life in all his dazzling genius. All pop music collections need this book.--Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Evanston, IL Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"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 "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead turns out to be one of the most casually insightful rock bios ever." Grade: A- -- Entertainment Weekly " The book reveals a smartass satirist ... as bankrupt as the characters he documented in his songs." -- Los Angeles Times "[A] new, riveting oral history... unflinching interviews with his friends, admirers and fellow hell-raisers." -- Rolling Stone "... an unforgettable journey into the depths of Mr. Zevon's mad genius." -- New York Times "Few books have captured so well the L.A. rock and roll scene in all its mindlessness and eloquence." -- Los Angeles Magazine "...I'll Sleep When I'm Dead definitely piles up enough horrendous behavior to back the title's claim." -- New York Times Book Review "It's a frank account of yet another great talent taken down by his own demons." -- Time Out Chicago ".. a fascinating collection of anecdotes... as assembled by his ex-wife, Crystal Zevon. " -- Philadelphia Daily News "[It's] a satisfyingly sordid read that's full of bad behavior..." -- Philadelphia Inquirer "... that's what this book is about-humanizing this mythic character" -- Harp Magazine "... a grisly but fascinating rock 'n' roll journal..." -- Birmingham News "Crystal Zevon succeeds in channeling Warren Zevon, giving us a complete, engrossing picture of a compelling artist." -- Orlando Sentinel "...the book [is] a tender song in itself." -- Seattle Times "It's a lurid, page-turning read, filled with big successes and deep lows." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram "...packed full of... the cynical humor for which Warren Zevon was so famous." -- Bangor Daily News "This often searing, humorous, and brutally honest book captures him at his best and his worst." -- Booklist "All pop music collections need this book." -- Library Journal "This is an extraordinary book -- unflinchingly honest, scarily funny, relentlessly cynical and always immensely entertaining. Just like Warren Zevon." -- Dave Barry "A moralist in cynic's clothing, Zevon nails a part of the American character rarely captured in pop music." -- Bruce Springsteen "Warren Zevon...was one of the most interesting writers of the era, and certainly ahead of his time. " -- Gore Vidal "A harrowing ride through the backstreets of the L.A. music business with the King of Song Noir." -- Jackson Browne "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