Accidentally Like a Martyr: The Tortured Art of Warren Zevon

James Campion

Warren Zevon songs are like chapters in a great American novel. Its story lies in the heart of his ä and our ä psyche. The lines are blurred. We never seem to know if we are looking in a mirror or peering through a window; we only know that when we listen we see ÊsomethingÊ. The music sets the scene ä his voice a striking baritone its narrator our guide through a labyrinth of harrowing narratives. The plot unfolds without subtlety; each musical and lyrical arc awakens imagination.ÞIn ÊAccidentally Like a Martyr: The Tortured Art of Warren ZevonÊ music journalist James Campion presents 13 essays on seminal Zevon songs and albums that provide context to the themes inspirations and influence of one of America's most literate songwriters. In-depth interviews with Zevon's friends and colleagues provide first-person accounts of how the music was lived composed recorded and performed.ÞLongtime fans of this most uniquely tortured artist as well as those who want to discover his work for the first time will get inside the mind talent and legacy of the wildly passionate Excitable Boy.

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