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A Pure Drop: The Life of Jeff Buckley Paperback – 5 Aug 2009
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' - a tragedy delicately handled.' Record Collector '[Jeff Apter] resists mawkishness or sentimentality in this decent account of Buckley's life and death.' Q
About the Author
The former Music Editor of Australian Rolling Stone, Jeff Apter is the author of the critically and commercially successful books, Fornication: The Red Hot Chili Peppers Story; Never Enough: The Story Of The Cure; A New Tomorrow: The Silverchair Story, all published by Omnibus Press, amongst others. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children and a hefty music collection.
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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...
"A pure drop" seems to me as a result of thorough research and comes from an author who is obviously used to writing about music. I think he does Jeff Buckley's story nothing but honour, as did David Browne. Yet I feel that this new biography goes further in the details and has more stories told by many persons who were close to Jeff. There's also a 10 page long 'coda' that shines a light on all the posthumous releases that Jeff Buckley's music got to see since 1997, combined with good arguments on the critique that certain persons have towards these releases.
I would strongly recommend this book to any Jeff Buckley fan. It offers fantastic stories and a huge amount of facts on the life of this unbelievable artist, as well as on the ever interesting and lived-through and warm though often complicated person that he was.
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