Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Warren Zevon- Every Album, Every Song by Peter Gallagher (Sonic Bond Publishing)

I have to say I only really know his song, Werwolves of London but this was a quite interesting book.  He was clearly a very talented artist who was admired by a lot of people as virtually every one of his albums had famous people producing or playing on them from Jackson Brown, Neil Young, David Lindley, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, David Gilmour, Chick Corea, Jerry Garcia, REM, Dwight Yoakim, Bob Dylan, Don Felder, George Clinton, Joe Walsh, Anton Fig, Tony Levin, and many more…. 

HIs career had major ups and downs from being well respected song writer and having a few hits to albums that did not even chart at all.  He battled alcohol for many years, sex addiction but died at age 56 of a lung disorder usually related to being exposed to asbestos.  Peter does a very good job of charting through all the albums and detailing what was going on his life that lead up to the set of songs that was recorded.  He is also critical enough but not too critical to point out the best things and also the worst things. 

HIs first recordings were in the mid 60s and his first solo album in 1970. It was not until 1976, his 2nd album would come out and then this is when things started to happen for him, mostly because Jackson Browne really believed in him and got him record contacts in the 70s and the 80s. He was good friends with David Letterman and some famous Hollywood people as well.  A very well balanced book. I learned a lot.  Well done.. 

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