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A Wished-For Song: A Portrait of Jeff Buckley
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A Wished-For Song: A Portrait of Jeff Buckley [Kindle Edition]

Merri Cyr
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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(Book). When Jeff Buckley drowned in Memphis in 1997 at the age of 30, the music world lost one of its most original and promising voices. His 1994 debut LP Grace showcased his soaring eight-octave vocal range and fluid guitar playing, and was hailed as an instant classic, winning him legions of devoted fans the world over. Photographer Merri Cyr was there from the beginning, shooting his album covers and accompanying him on tour, capturing priceless images of Buckley's boundless charisma and many-sided personality. Now she has assembled an unforgettable and poignant collection of recollections from friends and members of his inner circle and photographs, many never before seen, of an artist whose untimely death and the timeless music he left behind continue to resonate.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16098 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 1 edition (1 Oct 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LA9LSG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #809,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite tribute to a genius 7 Nov 2002
When musician Jeff Buckley died in 1997, Lou Reed's "I'll Be Your Mirror" was played at his memorial service in New York. And a mirror he certainly was - the kind of seminal artist who not only enchants with his own work but forces others to find and give of their best. He told American photographer Merri Cyr he's be her muse -- and this lovely book shows she lived up to his faith.
This gorgeously produced hardback contains hundreds of colour photos of Buckley, from posed promo shots to fascinating slices of backstage verité. Taken with real affection for their subject, they are never exploitative although in many ways far more revealing than the bare facts of his life as told in the David Browne biography, "Dream Brother". Complementing the wealth of detail in the photos are dozens of anecdotes and reminiscences from those who knew him best during his brief time as a pro musician - his close friends and colleagues.
Perhaps one reminiscence from Merri Cyr herself sums up how Jeff Buckley made people feel - and how he pulled the best out of everyone who came in contact with him. "Jeff had a fantastic beauty, rare and originating on an energetic level. It's got nothing to do with the meat of a body and it's beyond talent. Maybe his high burn rate made him shine all the more brightly, seducing people to match an ephemeral brilliance, or by the same token a vast darkness. Whatever you call it, it became an actual and visible expression in the photographs."
One thing's for sure - Jeff Buckley lives on, not just in his own art, but in the work he has inspired and the memories he has left behind.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enlightening, perfect tribute 31 Oct 2002
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I had this book on pre-order for months, it was worth the wait. It gives an enlightened view into Jeff's short but amazing life, interviewing old friends and people he worked with. Its done in a way to make you feel closer to him, and shows his kind and gentle nature. The photographs are abstract, but all beautiful. Merri seemed to use her close friendship with Jeff in her photography, they seemed to have a very relaxed yet close relationship. It goes into the recording of each album, showing how Jeff felt at those times, which alows insight into the way he worked.
This is a must buy for any serious Jeff fan. It is a perfect tribute to the man who's timeless inspirational music lived on past his death.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the man behind the voice 26 Jan 2004
never thought would get to see many pictures of Jeff Buckley but this book has changed all that. It is not only for die-hard fans as the beauty of Buckley is just worth seeing anyway.
contains interesting interviews and comments which compliment the photos.
worth the money as it is a nice keepsake of the man with the amazing voice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight 20 Feb 2009
This is a great book, which really helps you understand Jeff and his music a lot better. I am a huge Jeff fan and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was nice to see so many pictures of him as he is, as he was so relaxed around Merri Cyr, and also quotes from people who new him so well. It backs up the opinion i have always got from watching interviews with Jeff, which is great as it shows that he really is a very down to earth and loving person. Well worth the money for any Jeff Buckley fans!
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