As is the case with so many musicians, the life of American rock singer and songwriter Warren Zevon was blessed with talent and opportunity, yet also beset by tragedy and setbacks. Raised mostly by his mother, with an occasional cameo from his gangster father, Zevon had an affinity and talent for music at an early age.
Taking to the piano and guitar almost instantly, he began imitating and soon creating songs at every opportunity. After an impromptu performance in the right place at the right time, a record deal landed on the lap of a teenager who was eager to set out on his own and make a name for himself. But of course, where fame is concerned, things are never quite so simple.
In “Nothing’s Bad Luck: The Lives of Warren Zevon,” Long Island author and journalist C.M. Kushins tells the story of this rock legend whose biggest hit, “Werewolves of London,” is still heard on radio stations and music playlists.
Drawing on original interviews with those closest to Zevon, including his ex-wife Crystal Zevon, Jackson Browne, Mitch Albom, Danny Goldberg, Barney Hoskyns, and Merle Ginsberg, Kushins examines Zevon’s troubled personal life and ever-changing musical style, emphasizing the moments when the two were inseparable. Ultimately, he paints Zevon as a compelling musical genius worthy of the same tier as that of Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
“Nothing’s Bad Luck” finally gives Zevon the in-depth biographical treatment he deserves, making the life of this complex artist accessible to fans old and new for the first time.
Kushins will speak about and sign copies of his book at Book Revue on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. Book Revue is located at 313 New York Ave. in Huntington. The event is free and open to the public.