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A Wished for Song: Jeff Buckley: A Portrait with Photos and Interviews Paperback – 1 Dec 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879309415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879309411
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,036,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
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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