Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley Paperback – 1 Jan 2002
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Being a fan of Jeff slightly more than Tim, I particularly enjoyed his chapters. Jeff, as most fans will know, rarely gave interviews to the UK music press, and those he did always appeared very 'general', because as I understand it he always approached UK journalists with deep rooted suspicion.
So as Browne follows the events in his life from his late teenage years, right up to the recording of "Sketches..." he provides an insight into his character I had not before seen.
Ultimately I admire Browne for his treatment of both characters. I disagree that his account is sentimental, I most admired the book because Browne always appears to be non-judgemental. No one I think can deny that having read it, it is clear Jeff, for all his talent, was an incredibly frustrating individual who never seemed to settle on whether he should become the album releasing "proper" musician his friends and record label thought he should be (and knew he could be), and the kid just playing in the corner of the coffee bar that perhaps he wanted to be.
Neither man was perfect they had dark sides to their personalities that the people closest to them found frustrating and upsetting, and Browne (thankfully) does not hide this fact.
If you're a fan of Tim, Jeff or both. Buy this book.
The book goes into the family tree on both sides, through Tim and Mary's romance and starting with Jeff's childhood right up until that fateful night in Memphis. Its detailed stuff and must have been quite a mountainous task for the author, but besides being very informative about Jeff, its also very telling about how the music industry works, I learnt a fair bit I didn't know. To conclude the book delivers what it aimed to, I especially like the way information is given but not always analysed, leaving the reader to their own conclusions. A fascinating read, but the latter part of the book based on Jeff's final days in Memphis isn't easy.
This book helped fill in the blanks. Not only about Jeff but Tim as well, whose music i have also been appreciating since reading this book.
This book is well written and gives an interesting account of the Buckley's world.
It is not for Buckley fans only, i think anyone would find this book interesting (but then i am a Buckley fan so it is difficult to say otherwise).
I must admit though there were so many music references, and alot of the time mainly with the bands mentioned during Tim buckley's era i was left thinking...who?
I like the way it is structured, following both of their lives, Buckley per chapter, it makes it easy to follow as well as allowing to make your own conclusions about how similar father and son were.
Great stuff, thanks David Browne!
It is said Jeff joked about tortured souls yet the one light this book shed showed that Jeff seemed to follow his father's steps in every chapter. And that his tortured good looks brought about his downfall -- everyone seemed so charmed by him in the book that no one helped him. His physical appearance during the final months screamed help yet no one seemed to be really listening -- not even his lovers, apparently. All we see are people being or getting uncomfortable with him and walking away towards the end, like they could smell death coming and they were too alive to get sucked in.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book for my husband's birthday, it was his present! :) We both LOVE his music and wanted him to explore more, he obviously loved the book and got to know the history... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book - interesting and well written book, easy to read about these two iconic men. Item arrived quickly and well packaged.Published 18 months ago by Chris A Jones
I found this an easy but uneasy read. Both their short lives are treated well, my only thought being that they seemed to get off lightly by those around them considering they... Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2014 by B. Hughes
Very interesting & well researched - I reread it having bought it previously. Should be a good prequisite to the films coming out about Jeff Buckley.Published on 15 July 2013 by Ms. Monica Sheaf
Jeff Buckley was a unique talent with the most incredible voice. Great book about him and also his father (this book introduced me to the latter who was more prolific but not as... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2013 by Gavin Dytham
Clearly David Browne has done his homework, interviewing many sources and digging up lots of information. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2010 by J. R. P. Wigman
Almost certainly the only book likely to combine the biographies of both subjects, the author deserves great credit for tracking down while still alive many of Tim Buckley's... Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2009 by Siriam
This is the book that Jeff Buckley, presumably, would have hated. Not because he is any way defamed in it, but because it reproduces the father-son comparisons that always dogged... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2008 by cathy earnshaw
This book really delivers on information on Both Tim and Jeff Buckley, so even if you are only into the music of either one, the way it is written helps you get a wider insight... Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2003