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Warren Zevon: How L.A.'s 'Excitable Boy' Won the Battle with the Bottle

Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, 10 April 1980

"L.A. rock's newest darling desperado, Warren Zevon, likes to start his day with a screwdriver, then clear his head with coffee and a side of vodka, and eventually escalate to vodka and coffee, hold the coffee. After a bottle of Stolichnaya down the road, Zevon is ready to go to work. 'I used to get a lot of drunk-driving tickets,' he admits. 'So I knew it would come down to drinking or driving. So I picked drinking. I don't drive anymore.'"
People, May 22, 1978

"Times have changed, now things are better/Someone had to pay the price."
— from 'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow', by the Ramones

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