Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice

The journals, notebooks, musings, and early song drafts of Jeff Buckley, the late singer best-known for the definitive version of “Hallelujah” and his classic album Grace, including dozens of evocative photos of his personal effects and ephemera.Starting with his acclaimed 1994 debut album Grace, Jeff Buckley was one of the most singular talents to emerge in pop music that decade: a singer, guitarist and songwriter with a multi-octave range whose tastes took in rock, blues, jazz, hardcore, Qawwali music, even show tunes. Hailed by the likes of Bono, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, Grace showcased Buckley’s voice, passion and influences and pointed to an inordinately promising future. Three short years later, at the age of 30, he tragically drowned in Memphis. But his legend and stature have only grown in the years since; in recent years, everyone from Adele to Coldplay and Radiohead have spoken of the impact Buckley’s music had on them. For much of his life, Buckley diligently kept journals chronicling his goals, inspirations, aspirations, and creative struggles. These diaries amount to one of the most insightful life chronicles any musical artist has left behind. Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice will mark the first-ever publication of Buckley’s handwritten account of his journey from his days in Los Angeles in the late ’80s through shortly before his passing. Combined with reproductions of other memorabilia–including letters, notes, and unpublished lyrics–the book will take readers and fans deep into Buckley’s mind and life.

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Mary Guibert is the executor of the Jeff Buckley Estate. In her role as curator of her son’s music, she has compiled and produced a series of well-received releases, including Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, Mystery White Boy, So Real: Songs of Jeff Buckley, and the acclaimed 2016 album You & I, the first of several forthcoming collections of previously unheard 1993 sessions. She is based in Northern California.
David Browne is a senior writer at Rolling Stone and the author of Dream Brother, widely seen as the definitive biography of Jeff Buckley. He is also the author of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup; Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970; and biographies of Sonic Youth and the Grateful Dead. His 1993 New York Times article, “The Unmade Star,” was one of the first major stories published on Jeff Buckley. He lives in Manhattan.

The journals, notebooks, musings, and early song drafts of Jeff Buckley, the late singer best-known for the definitive version of “Hallelujah” and his classic album Grace, including dozens of evocative photos of his personal effects and ephemera.Starting with his acclaimed 1994 debut album Grace, Jeff Buckley was one of the most singular talents to emerge in pop music that decade: a singer, guitarist and songwriter with a multi-octave range whose tastes took in rock, blues, jazz, hardcore, Qawwali music, even show tunes. Hailed by the likes of Bono, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, Grace showcased Buckley’s voice, passion and influences and pointed to an inordinately promising future. Three short years later, at the age of 30, he tragically drowned in Memphis. But his legend and stature have only grown in the years since; in recent years, everyone from Adele to Coldplay and Radiohead have spoken of the impact Buckley’s music had on them. For much of his life, Buckley diligently kept journals chronicling his goals, inspirations, aspirations, and creative struggles. These diaries amount to one of the most insightful life chronicles any musical artist has left behind. Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice will mark the first-ever publication of Buckley’s handwritten account of his journey from his days in Los Angeles in the late ’80s through shortly before his passing. Combined with reproductions of other memorabilia–including letters, notes, and unpublished lyrics–the book will take readers and fans deep into Buckley’s mind and life.

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