Dream Brother : The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley Paperback
by David Browne
The highly acclaimed dual biography of father and son Tim and Jeff Buckley, two of the most enduring musical icons of the late 20th-century When Jeff Buckley drowned in 1997, the music world was shaken to its foundations, not least because of the echoes of his father Tim's demise.
He too had been a brilliant and innovative musician with an extraordinary five-octave voice; and he too had died young, twenty-eight in fact, after an accidental drugs overdose.
But there the similarities end. Jeff hardly knew Tim, spending little more than a few weeks with him as a boy.
Their careers were very different, Tim releasing eight albums in his lifetime, including the beautiful HappySad and the extraordinary and still out-there Starsailor, while Jeff released just one - the brilliant Grace, generally acknowledged as one of the great albums of the 1990s.
More than just a biography of two musicians, Dream Brother is the story of what happens when The Business hooks up with The Artist, ultimately to neither's benefit.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, (1 x 8pp b/w plate section)
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/10/2001
- Category: Rock & Pop music
- ISBN: 9781857029895
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Review by snappa
Browne's retelling of the lives of father and son musicians Tim Buckley and Jeff Buckley is both entertaining and frustrating. Using a technique of interspersing their lives - one chapter is on Tim, the next on Jeff - a great deal of information is provided but the read may be left somewhat confused, as I was. As a fan of both musicians, but moreso the father, I eagerly awaited publication of this work, mainly becuase there is so little information available on either Buckley apart from within ephemeral music magazines and fan sites on the web. Dream Brother therefore filled an important gap in presenting an overview of the lives of these two ultimately tragic musicians. Both died early deaths - Tim from a drug overdose and Jeff from accidental drowning. Their stories as professional musicians are remarkably similar, though their music is seperated by two decades. It, again, has similarities, in regards to the tortured nature of the songs and the tendency to experiment with jazzified pop. Dream Brother with remain a standard reference for anyone seeking to understand the life and times of Tim and Jeff Buckley. But be warned - the interweaving of their two lives by Browne makes the task that much more difficult.