Warren Zevon Goes Inside

New television show documents final months

July 9, 2003 12:00 AM ET

The creation of Warren Zevon's final album, The Wind, was captured by film crews and will be chronicled in an August 24th episode of VH1's new series Inside Out. The wry singer-songwriter was diagnosed last year with terminal lung cancer and allowed cameras to document his musical goodbye.

The episode will be hosted by Billy Bob Thornton, who also makes a guest appearance on the album. Several of Zevon's musical friends who dropped in on the recording sessions, including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Jackson Browne, make appearances in the show. In addition to the album sessions, Warren Zevon: Inside Out includes footage from Zevon's final appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman last year, shortly after he publicly announced his illness and excerpts from his personal diary.

"I was more prolific than I'd ever been," Zevon told Rolling Stone of recording the album. "I had this goal, and it kept me going."

VH1 describes Inside Out as a program that follows artists through a "personal or professional crossroads." Future episodes are planned for Ol' Dirty Bastard, who was recently released from prison, and guitarist Slash as he attempted to put together his new, post-Guns n' Roses band Velvet Revolver.

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