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A must-have for a fan of Jeff Buckley,
This review is from: A Pure Drop: The Life of Jeff Buckley (Hardcover)
As a solid Jeff Buckley fan, this new biography was a must-have for me and I finished reading it in no time. I really enjoyed Jeff Apter's work a lot. He concentrates on Jeff Buckley's lifepath while giving us sufficient information on his surroundings and the time frame to make the picture complete. Also, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that Jeff Apter gave a couple of new faces in Jeff-Buckley-bio-land a voice, like The Frames' frontman Glen Hansard who has some great things to share about his late friend. In many ways, this biography is complementary to David Browne's "Dream Brother", which I liked a lot too. Only, half of Browne's book tells the story of Tim Buckley. I was glad to read his story too, but sometimes it even got a bit boring since the links with his son Jeff Buckley are rare, but those are the facts.
"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.