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Dream brother : the lives & music of Jeff & Tim Buckley
Browne, David, 1960-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperEntertainment, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiii, 366 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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ML400 .B885 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Jeff Buckley drowned in a branch of the Mississippi River on May 29,1997 -- the same day his band was to join him in Memphis to begin recording his eagerly anticipated second album. With his death, a rock legend died stillborn, leaving behind scattered musical works in progress, a reputation for electrifying performances, and memories of a voice that flowed effortlessly up and down five octaves in a style that made even other musicians' lyrics and melodies uniquely his own. He also left behind Grace, a recorded collection of ten songs whose power, range, and haunting beauty were equal to anything that had been put on vinyl or CD in decades. Jeff Buckley was thirty years old on that final, tragic day -- just two years older than was the errant father whom Jeff rejected for rejecting him, whose heart was stopped by heroin more than twenty years before: the brilliant, troubled troubadour of the sixties Tim Buckley.

Based on interviews, many exclusive, with more than a hundred associates of both men, and letters, journals, and unreleased recordings, Dream Brother is a true story of twisting roads and bizarre parallel destinies. A double portrait of the musical life, it offers a fascinating and illuminating look at two eras of popular sound -- and explores the alluring starmaker machinery that aged Jeff and betrayed Tim. It is the story of the music, capturing in words the aural magic, the virtuosic experimentation, the wild, exhilarating rush. But first and foremost, it is the intimate, heartbreaking, and unforgettable story of two musicians blessed with consummate ability, each poised on the brink of stardom when the maelstrom dragged him down-a son searching for his father, a father searching for his soul, each pursuing the same demanding and dangerously seductive muse. Alternately sad and elating, riveting and revelatory, Dream Brother offers a stunning new understanding of the Buckley tragedies and legacies while brilliantly humanizing the Buckley myth. And it stands as a clear-eyed yet loving and compassionate memorial to the conflicted, self-effacing genius of Jeff and his wild rebel father, Tim, both of whom, for the briefest of moments, blazed brighter than all the other stars in the rock heavens.

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Library Journal Review

Father and son Tim and Jeff Buckley earned a place in rock lore as soulful troubadours who died too young. In 1975, the elder Buckley died of a drug overdose, while Jeff drowned in the Mississippi River in 1997. Both were on the brink of some commercial success, and their story has remained untold until now. A music critic for Entertainment Weekly, Browne offers an engaging chronicle of the late musicians, using a segmented time line to illustrate the eerie similarities between their lives. This accountDparticularly the last third, which feverishly alternates between the physical demise of both father and sonDwill rivet even cursory music fans. While Browne does incorporate technical descriptions of the Buckleys' music, he crafts two accessible biographies that highlight the ironic commonalties between a father and son who barely knew each other. Highly recommended for public libraries.DCaroline Dadas, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.