Monday, 8 September 2003

Warren Zevon dies age 56

Warren Zevon finally lost his battle with mesothelioma yesterday, passing away aged 56 at this Los Angeles home.

Zevon was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. Far from retreating away from the spotlight, Zevon chose to mark the diagnosis by entering the studio and recording the deeply personal, critically applauded album, The Wind.

It's his pair of mid-70s albums that stand out to me, though. His self-titled second album features Carmelita, one of the most heartbreaking songs I can think of, and the follow-up, 1978's Excitable Boy features, amongst other bundles of genius, the rollicking Werewolves Of London.

Link to New York Times obituary 

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