Retrospective: WARREN ZEVON

Great essay about one of the best albums of the 70’s.

“Desperados Under the Eaves” has one of the greatest lyrics of all time:

And if California slides into the ocean,
Like the mystics and statistics say it will;
I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill.

This is a seriously great album. ZEVON outlasted his demons long enough to die of cancer. The fact that he didn’t die by overdose or violence, or take his own life, is frankly amazing.

Zevon was the son of a Mafia legbreaker. The violence of his parents’ marriage, and his mother’s second marriage, developed in young Warren a lifelong irresistible impulse to set his own hair on fire. He preferred to self-immolate in front of an audience, while singing & playing sweet, sad songs.

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