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Warren Zevon

1978 press photo of Zevon
Background information
Birth name Warren William Zevon
Also known as Sandy Zevon
Stephen Lyme
Born (1947-01-24)January 24, 1947
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died September 7, 2003(2003-09-07) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Rock, country rock, folk rock, hard rock, blues rock
Occupation(s) Songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
Years active 1965–2003
Labels White Whale, Imperial, Asylum, Virgin, Giant/Reprise/Warner Bros., Artemis, Koch Entertainment
Associated acts CBS Orchestra, Billy Bob Thornton, Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Waddy Wachtel, Bruce Springsteen, Dwight Yoakam, Hindu Love Gods, Linda Ronstadt, The Everly Brothers, Don Everly, Phil Everly, Richie Hayward, Jack Casady, Chick Corea, Jerry Garcia, David Gilmour, Neil Young, Don Henley, George Clinton, Timothy B. Schmit, Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, The Eagles, R.E.M., The Turtles, lyme and cybelle, Jorge Calderón, Stevie Nicks, Rock Bottom Remainders, David Marks, Widespread Panic
Website warrenzevon.com

Dylan can do no wrong.
Well, I don’t think it ever did, but in the early ’60s I got interested in folk music.
Warren Zevon
And I think it’s safe to say that the single very impressive figure to me was Merle Haggard.
Warren Zevon
I don't like piano solos.
My memory is not even what most people’s is, much less what it oughta be for a discussion like this.
Warren Zevon
I don't learn so good, no matter how good the teacher is.
Mutineer is the first album of mine without a demo stage.
I have no guitar technique.
Duncan Aldrich has been my partner in most recording projects, and touring projects, for the past decade.
Warren Zevon
But there's a thin line between songwriting and arranging.
But I can’t say that I didn’t like John Hammond’s performances often better than the originals.
Warren Zevon
That’s my only active wish. I think if I sang like Don Henley, this would be a lot more agreeable business.
Warren Zevon
Piano is like drudgery.
I mean, I haven’t been completely lacking in some enjoyment of Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly. But I just didn’t pay attention to that period of music, obviously.
Warren Zevon
I missed jazz, kind of. And by the time I came to it in life, it was too intimidating to enjoy thoroughly.
Warren Zevon
I had a good guitar, and I was a young, young kid.
Everywhere I go, I have my little Steinberger, and I like it very well.
I remember certain lines and whose they are.
My father was a boxer, though. So, I have a particular interest in Ray Mancini, I think.
Warren Zevon
My first album is like a terrible John Hammond album, with drums.
Recording at home enables one to eliminate the demo stage, and the presentation stage in the studio, too.
Warren Zevon
Yeah, I don’t like, um, I’m not interested in rock ‘n’ roll piano. I find it a little grating.
Warren Zevon
I wish I sang better.
It took me 10 years to realize that I don’t know ’em, 10 years to realize that it’s possible to learn them, then another 10 years to learn how to do things.
Warren Zevon
The primary one being, like I said, I don’t like rock ‘n’ roll piano.
Warren Zevon
Glenn Gould was my hero. Glenn Gould was my idol. I loved him.
Well, first of all, let me say that I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years. It was one of those phobias that really didn’t pay off.
Warren Zevon
I'll sleep when I'm dead.
I'm not a big jazz fan.
I loved Hendrix. I mean, really, really loved him. As if he were one of the great classical composers. And he was. That’s how I saw him.
Warren Zevon
Well, I was interested in playing the piano from as early as I can remember.
Warren Zevon
You had to go to a different part of town from where I was to get Muddy Waters singles. I had him on singles.
Warren Zevon
So I guess I had, I think they tell me I had, about three years total of piano lessons, off and on.
Warren Zevon
Dylan doesn't have to make Blonde On Blonde every time.
I played a lot of real normal, straight sessions.
Enjoy every sandwich.