Jeff Buckley's Grace (33 1/3) Paperback – 1 Jun 2005
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Daphne Brooks reveals and obsession- so intense it ll make you blanche- with the late Jeff Buckley. Philadelphia Weekly
Such inspiration is seen in Brooks current book project, Jeff Buckley s Grace, The book will examine the legacy of the singer-guitarist, who only released one full-length studio album but had amassed a cult following before he drowned at the age of 30. Eric Quinones, Princeton Weekly Bulletin, October 18, 2004
feature in Princeton Weekly Bulletin 10/18/04 mentioning Jeff Buckley's Grace
About the Author
Daphne A. Brooks is Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Center for African-American Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on African-American literature and culture, performance studies, critical gender studies, and popular music culture. She is the author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Duke University Press, 2006).
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One of the things I most appreciated about Brooks' book is its attentiveness to what it means to be a fan of Buckley's music. Too often writing on rock musicians like Buckley-especially those who die young as he did-plays on the tired clichés of tortured genius, a la Kurt Cobain, or mystic masculine rock god, a la Jim Morrison. This kind of cliché-driven writing does little more than offer the fan-constituted as young, male, and white-the opportunity to vicariously live out the fantasy of a mythological rock stardom. Brooks, in contrast, not only avoids those clichés but begins and ends with a meditation on what it means for her, an African American woman from the Bay Area with a PhD, to be a fan of Jeff Buckley's rock music. This self-reflexive intro and outro, combined with the way she traces Buckley's diverse influences, challenges the dominant paradigms of rock criticism and rock history and serves as an important reminder that rock fans are not a singular monolithic mass. That Buckley's album Grace provokes such a challenge to the way we might think about rock music is ultimately is what makes it such a great album, and is what makes Brooks's book about that album so terrific.
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