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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

    Crystal's Revenge

    I wanted to love this Zevon biography, but in reading I found 'Sleep' to be evocative of bio's written by Kitty Kelly and Albert Goldman. Although based in truth, the book takes on an aura of the confabulations of a pained ex-wife. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead was edited with an agenda to portray the dark charming cruel genius, Zevon, and his long suffering 'witnesses.' His journals were cannibalized in this effort, and interviews were edited to help paint this compelling portrait. I felt somewhat manipulated and uncomfortable while reading, wondering what was true and what was distorted to make the book juicy. Then I was dumbstruck when I read of a longtime lover, identified by a nickname, and described by Representative Steve Cohen she was someone I knew. Without offense she is mentioned in several Zevon journal excerpts by both the nickname and her real name. But Cohen's flippant description of her is slanderous, uncalled-for, and not true. I was taken aback that a man in public office would so casually speak words that tag him as a misogynist. This unfortunate book passage omits the fact that the female 'neighbor' (the woman I know) had reached out to the then, Senator Steve, while she was on the East Coast caring for her dying parents. She wanted to know how her terminally ill friend was doing. She was not coming from the point of a desperate woman. It appears to me that Cohen, in an effort to aggrandize his status as a friend and confidant to Warren Zevon within 'Sleep', casually sacrificed this woman and negatively stereotyped her. Cohen even calls this woman he's never seen, 'apparently not very attractive.' Believe me, my friend is extremely attractive (I¿d even say she¿s `hot¿), and even if Cohen was an Adonis, which he certainly is not, this is just plain mean spirited. All of this brings the question, who else has been sacrificed for the tone of the book ? -- Perhaps Warren, himself? And why would Crystal and her editors put this story in the book, when so much was cut? In 'Sleep' Rep Steve Cohen also speaks of this neighbor's beloved father with inappropriate abandon, and claims Warren wouldn't speak to her. To prove my point, when I called her with condolences for the passing of Warren and her father, she allowed me to access her voice mail to hear Warren's moving, caring message of support he left her shortly before he died. It's my guess that to Crystal and her editors, portraying a desperate woman victimized by Warren into a longtime limited relationship is perceived as more interesting to the readers than a hot vivacious gal choosing to set limits for her own satisfaction. Because of this personal insight, I have a hard time taking this book as any kind of fact. Like some of the cruel postings Warren read online, that made him cringe, this book does the same thing not only to the late Warren Zevon, but also to some of his true friends. So read it if you must, but remember from whence it came.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

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    Reading this book is ...

    ... like watching a train wreck. You don't want to watch, but you can't tear your eyes away. A long time admirer of Zevon's music, I already knew he was a bad boy, but this book left me with no room for illusions. Zevon may have been a genius, but he wasn't a very nice man. Egocentricity, arrogance and selfishness ruled him, and this book explains how that worked. As for the author, his ex-wife: I do believe she understood him in a way that many could not. Perhaps because she posesses some of the same personality problems?

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Warts, but not much else.

    "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead." is not sold as a "my life with a celebrity" story, but often reads like one. I found it way over packed with ex-wife Crystal Zevon's personal baggage. Warren comes off as a pathetic Squonk. The narrative is mainly told through short blurbs by people who were on the scene and pages from Warren's journals. But, Crystal seems overly concerned with the women Warren balled, abused and abandoned. She chooses to begin and end the tale with death. I kind of think of Warren Zevon as a fun guy, but I didn't get a lot of that vibe from this bio. There must be some reason people love Warren Zevon, but found the character painted in this book extremely unlovable. I don't get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    An honest man

    Warren Zevon's story is told through diary entries and tales from many of those who shared his life journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2007

    Fantastic fast can't put it down honest painful read

    One of the best books I've picked up in years. Crystal Zevon seems to have honered Warrens request by not cleaning up the dirt and being heartbreakingly honest on who and how he was. If you a fan of Warren's music it will hurt but enlighten!!

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