The power and influence of Grace increases with each passing year. Here, Daphne Brooks traces Jeff Buckley's fascinating musical development through the earliest stages of his career, up to the release of the album. With access to rare archival material, Brooks illustrates Buckley's passion for life and hunger for musical knowledge, and shows just why he was such a crucial figure in the American music scene of the 1990s. EXCERPT: Jeff Buckley was piecing together a contemporary popular music history for himself that was steeped in the magic of singing. He was busy hearing how Dylan channeled Billie Holiday in Blonde On Blonde and how Robert Plant was doing his best to sound like Janis Joplin on early Led Zeppelin recordings. He was thinking about doo-wop and opera and Elton John and working at developing a way to harness the power of the voice...In the process, he was re-defining punk and grunge "attitude" itself by rejecting the ambivalent sexual undercurrents of those movements, as well as Led Zeppelin's canonical "cock rock" kingdom that he'd grown up adoring. He was forging a one-man revolution set to the rhythms of New York City and beyond. And he was on the brink of recording his elegant battle in song for the world to hear.
'Jeff Buckley was a pure drop in an ocean of noise.' – Bono It was his take on John Cale's cover version of Leonard Cohen's song 'Hallelujah' that made the number famous and his album – Grace – that caused everyone from Led Zeppelin and U2 to Radiohead and Coldplay to look up to Buckley as an illuminating spirit. But who was the man behind the music? Buckley’s many personal letters are revealed for the first time. His struggle with writers block is explored, as is his ongoing battles with the concept of stardom, his desire for escape and the attempts to deal with the unavoidable legacy of his equally gifted father, Tim Buckley. In A Pure Drop, his friends, peers, enemies, lovers and collaborators all speak of the Jeff Buckley they knew, or in some cases, they thought they knew.
For the first time since Jeff Buckley’s untimely death on May 29, 1997, Dave Lory reveals what it was like to work alongside one of rock’s most celebrated and influential artists. Go on the road and behind the scenes with Buckley, from his electrifying first solo shows in New York to the difficult sessions for the second album he never completed. Lory opens up about their struggles with the record label and trouble with the band, shares previously untold stories and describes fascinating scenes that only he witnessed, including what went down in the days immediately after getting that fateful call, “Jeff is missing.”
Mystery White Boy Blues is a haunting exploration of the life, death and legacy of a truly unique artist. Jeff Buckley emerged from a bland suburban background to become the most ecstatically received singer-songwriter of the mid-nineties. More than ten years after his tragic accidental death, Jeff's myth lost none of its potency. Steeped in melancholia and excess, burning ambition and doomed youth, the narrative of Jeff's life proves as captivating as his voice.
'Offers an enormous amount of insight into the man and his artistry. Enlightening, perceptive stuff.' - MOJO ORDER NOW AND BECOME ONE OF THE FIRST TO READ THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY OF THE LATE SINGER JEFF BUCKLEY. INCLUDES NEVER SEEN BEFORE HANDWRITTEN LYRICS, JOURNALS AND DIARIES. In 1994, an artist named Jeff Buckley released 'Grace', his debut album. Hailed immediately by the likes of Bono, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, as a singer, guitarist, and writer of a generation. Throughout his life, Buckley obsessively kept journals chronicling his goals, inspirations, aspirations, and creative struggles. His diaries amount to one of the most insightful life chronicles any musical artist has ever left behind. Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice will mark the first-ever publication of Buckley's account of his journey through his handwritten diaries and lyrics. Combined with reproductions of other memorabilia, including letters, notes, and unpublished lyrics - the book will take readers deep inside Buckley's creative mind and personal life. For those who grew up listening to Jeff's music and for those who are just discovering it, Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice will be an intimate portrait of one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century in his own extremely vibrant words and never seen before lyrics.
The journals, notebooks, musings, and early song drafts of Jeff Buckley, the late singer best-known for the definitive version of "Hallelujah" and his classic album Grace, including dozens of evocative photos of his personal effects and ephemera. After the release of his acclaimed debut album, Grace, in 1994, Jeff Buckley quickly established himself as one of the decade's most defining talents in pop music: a singer, guitarist, and songwriter with a multi-octave range whose tastes took in rock, blues, jazz, hardcore, Qawwali music, and even show tunes. Hailed by the likes of Bono, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, Grace showcased Buckley's voice, passion, and influences and pointed to an inordinately promising future. Three short years later, at the age of thirty, he tragically drowned in Memphis. But his legend and stature have only grown since; in recent years, everyone from Adele to Coldplay to Radiohead has spoken of the impact Buckley's music had on them. For much of his life, Buckley diligently kept journals recording his goals, inspirations, aspirations, and creative struggles. These diaries amount to one of the most insightful life chronicles any musical artist has left behind. Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice marks the first-ever publication of Buckley's handwritten account of his journey from his days in Los Angeles in the late '80s through shortly before his passing. Combined with reproductions of other memorabilia--including letters, notes, and unpublished lyrics--this book takes readers and fans deep into Buckley's mind and life.
(Guitar Recorded Versions). This Guitar Recorded Versions collection includes over 20 songs from Jeff Buckley, the enigmatic singer/songwriter whose untimely death has made his music even more intriguing. Titles include: Dream Brother * Eternal Life * Everybody Here Wants You * Grace * I Know We Could Be So Happy, Baby * I Woke Up in a Strange Place * Jewel Box * Last Goodbye * Mojo Pin * Opened Once * So Real * Vancouver * What Will You Say? * and more. Also available: A Wished-For Song: A Portrait of Jeff Buckley 00330881 $30.00
A Rolling Stone and Spin editor presents a history of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" that cites its play in a diverse range of movies and television shows as well as its selection as a tribute song, noting its coverage by hundreds of artists while offering insight into its rise from early obscurity. 25,000 first printing.
When Jeff Buckley drowned at the age of thirty in 1997, he not only left behind a legacy of brilliant music -- he brought back haunting memories of his father, '60s troubadour Tim Buckley, a gifted musician who barely knew his son and who himself died at twenty-eight. Both father and son made transcendent music that mixed rock, jazz, and folk; both amassed a cadre of obsessive, adoring fans. This absorbing dual biography -- based on interviews with more than one hundred friends, family members, and business associates as well as access to journals and unreleased recordings -- tells for the first time the intriguing, often heartbreaking story of these two musicians. It offers a new understanding of the Buckleys' parallel lives -- and tragedies -- while exploring the changing music business between the '60s and the '90s. Finally, it tells the story of a father and son, two complex, enigmatic men who died searching for themselves and each other.
Considéré comme un des musiciens majeurs des années 1990, Jeff Buckley reste un artiste incontournable. De son vivant il ne sort qu’un seul album, Grace, et ce n’est qu’après sa mort, survenu à l’âge de 30 ans, que se bâtit sa véritable notoriété. Son interprétation d’Hallelujah demeure aujourd’hui comme un des classiques de la musique du XXe siècle. Fort d’une image charismatique et d’un physique avantageux, Jeff Buckley a aussi su conquérir un large public féminin.
Jeff Buckley made only one album, but the one he made has proved to be seminal. His talent awed industry giants and moved the hearts of fans spanning generations. But Buckley's untimely death in 1997 left his fans to wonder about all the sonic magic that could have been. Photographer Merri Cyr was there along the way. She has documented Buckley's career from his days at the East Village coffee shop Sin-e to his iconic Grace cover shoot to his rigorous tour around the world as he promoted his unprecedented debut. In 25 Years of Grace, Cyr joins forces with Jeff Buckley biographer Jeff Apter to produce an illustrated tribute to this classic album in celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary. The book features brand new interviews with Buckley insiders, revealing the details about Buckley's signing to a major label, the songwriting process and final song selections, key meetings and collaborations, recording techniques, memorable moments in the studio and more. The book also includes reflections about Buckley and Grace from an array of music artists. Lavishly illustrated with many never-before-seen photographs, 25 Years of Gracetakes a fresh look at the making and legacy of this classic album.
Features 13 classic songs from the legendary Jeff Buckley, specially arranged for piano. This book provides pianists with sensitive 'reworkings' of songs, rather than the usual transcriptions, which can sometimes be unplayable and unsuitable for the piano.
Bono disait de lui : "Jeff Buckley était une goutte de pureté dans un océan de bruit." Sa reprise du "Hallelujah" de Leonard Cohen a rendue la chanson célèbre, et un seul album – Grace – a fait que de Led Zeppelin à U2 en passant par Radiohead, tous ont considéré Buckley comme leur semblable. Fils de Tim Buckley, héros folk des années soixante, Jeff ne devait vivre que trente ans avant de se noyer dans un affluent du Mississippi. Souvent dépeint comme un chanteur de ballades maussade, il était en réalité un véritable caméléon, capable de présenter diverses personnalités - qui n'étaient pas toutes aussi sombres et introspectives que ses chansons le laissaient supposer... En évitant tout sentimentalisme excessif et en s'appuyant sur la correspondance personnelle du chanteur, ainsi que sur les témoignages de dizaines d'amis, de maîtresses et de confrères musiciens, A Pure Drop explore toutes les fascinantes facettes de Buckley et cherche à expliquer pourquoi il est devenu si extraordinairement influent.
Parsons, Drake and Buckley were three young musicians who died before they had made their mark on the musical world, yet left behind them a legacy that was as rich as it was beautiful. Ex-preacher Parsons was outrageous, outspoken but impeccably polite. He recorded with various bands including The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds and very nearly the Rolling Stones. His light shone brightly but briefly before his mysterious death, and more bizarre cremation, at the age of 26. Almost a polar opposite, Nick Drake was intensely shy with crippling stage fright, who made less than 40 public appearances. Handsome yet fragile, he composed beautiful melodies. He sank into depression in the family home, before overdosing on medication – whether deliberate or not, nobody knows – at the age of 26. Jeff Buckley’s vocal range spanned an astonishing four octaves. He could sing any style – from Piaf to Gershwin, from scat and jazz to Oum Kalthoum, alongside his own superb realist compositions. In 1997, on the brink of stardom, he never returned from a fully-clothed swim in the Mississippi River. Only in death was the true potential of these talented young men appreciated, their songs still appearing in ads and Buckley had his first number 1 in 2008. With every passing year, their legends grow. And posthumously they have influenced a whole host of singers who now crowd the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. This is their remarkable story.
California, 1991. All his life, people have told Jeff Buckley how much he looks like his father, the famous ’60s folksinger he barely knew. But Jeff believes he has gifts of his own: a rare, octave-spanning voice and a songwriting genius that has only started to show itself. After he falls in love with a mysterious girl in New York, he sets out to make a name for himself outside his father’s shadow. What follows are six turbulent years of music, heartbreak, hope, and daring—culminating in a tragedy that’s still reverberating in the music world today. Written by Tiffanie DeBartolo and with art by Pascal Dizin and Lisa Reist, this graphic novel biography uses archival material provided by Jeff’s mother, Mary Guibert, to reveal the young songwriter in the process of becoming a legend.