warren zevon (1947-2003)

From Billbooard magazine:

Singer/songwriter Warren Zevon died Sunday (Sept. 7) in Los Angeles. He was 56. Zevon was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in August of last year.

One of the earliest singles I ever owned was Zevon’s “Werewolves of London,” which had as a B-side, “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,” a song based loosely (I think) on the The Song of Roland. As I prep for continuing the medieval portion of my British literature survey class this morning, I’ll be thinking of Zevon.

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  1. Yep, it is indeed based on the Song of Roland. I’d know! :) Zevon’s song, as well as Shel Silverstein’s “Roland the Roadie and Gertrude the Groupie” (sung by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Band), will be part of my dissertation.

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