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Beautiful Buckley Biography- Best?,
This review is from: A Pure Drop: The Life of Jeff Buckley (Hardcover)
First and foremost, this is a very well written book. You can have all the information in the world at your fingertips, but if you can't write, it's all for naught. Apter is a terrific writer. Obviously there is a fairly high ratio of cross-over details with David Browne's 'Dream Brother', but that's to be expected I suppose; Browne was there first, even met Buckley briefly, and his- also brilliant- book must be a starting point for any new authors thinking of adding to the canon of Buckley-lit.
And this tome is a worthy addition. One of the shortcomings of 'Dream Brother', in my opinion, was that pivotal events or issues were often mentioned without any extra exposition. Apter tends to go into each new occurence thoroughly, using reams of interviews to build a marvellous picture of Buckley's slow ascent from 'trailer-trash kid' to musical icon. In 'Pure Drop', the reader is also allowed a much clearer idea of what kind of person Buckley was, how people reacted to him, and why he made the decisions he did in his career and personal life.
My only criticism, and this is just me being picky, is that the title (taken from a slightly trite quote from Bono) does not do the book or its subject justice. That said, this is definitely worth owning if you are a Buckley fan, along with 'Dream Brother' and 'Wished For Song'.
In fact, it's difficult to see what the forthcoming 'Mystery White Boy Blues' is going to add...