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Warren Zevon: Review of Genius – The Best Of Warren Zevon

Adam Sweeting, Uncut, January 2003

FATE DECIDED IT should be the sound of The Eagles which travelled around the world and defined the popular clichés of 1970s California, but Warren Zevon's version was far more bleak, hilarious and penetrating. The son of a gangster and a gambler, Zevon crashed through the plate-glass of fame in 1978 with his album Excitable Boy, featuring his one and only hit single, 'Werewolves Of London', but the idea of Zevon as mainstream rock star was always preposterous.

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