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Classic DVD Review: Warren Zevon | (Inside)Out

You'll have no trouble keeping him in your heart after watching this moving doc.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Death was always a big part of Warren Zevon’s artistic life.

So when the black-humoured singer-songwriter was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in 2002, it was hardly shocking that he wrote about his own impending demise — and did so with tenderness and eloquence. The Wind, released just before Zevon’s death last September, found the wry troubadour reflecting on his life, saying goodbye to loved ones, having a last laugh with old friends and bowing out with courage and grace. All of which he does once again on (Inside)Out, an hour-long documentary on the album that aired on VH1 last year. Watching Zevon struggle against the ticking clock and his own failing health to complete the album almost makes you wish they had turned off the camera; but watching him continue to crack wise and smoke unrepentantly (“Hey, what would you do if you had a month to live?”) makes you glad they didn’t. As a bonus, this includes an hour of unedited interview footage, music videos and some old home movies. All of which makes it easy to fulfil Warren’s last musical request: “Keep me in your heart for awhile.”