David Browne is the staff music critic at Entertainment Weekly, during which time he has hung with Beck, gone shopping with Leonard Cohen and roadied for Kiss. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Musician and other publications. This is his first book.
Father and son Tim and Jeff Buckley earned a place in rock lore as soulful troubadours who died too young. In 1975, the elder Buckley died of a drug overdose, while Jeff drowned in the Mississippi River in 1997. Both were on the brink of some commercial success, and their story has remained untold until now. A music critic for Entertainment Weekly, Browne offers an engaging chronicle of the late musicians, using a segmented time line to illustrate the eerie similarities between their lives. This accountDparticularly the last third, which feverishly alternates between the physical demise of both father and sonDwill rivet even cursory music fans. While Browne does incorporate technical descriptions of the Buckleys' music, he crafts two accessible biographies that highlight the ironic commonalties between a father and son who barely knew each other. Highly recommended for public libraries.DCaroline Dadas, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
'Are the Buckleys the Kennedys of rock 'n' roll - talented but cursed? A highly accomplished, dual biography by the well respected writer David Browne has dug deep into both men's lives and the entire Buckley family history to throw some light on this enigmatic tale. Extensively researched and featuring previously unpublished letters and diaries, Dream Brother does a great service to the legacy of these two talented musicians.' Irish Times 'David Browne is a sensitive and committed writer eminently qualified to write the book his subjects so richly deserve There is a wealth of detail and a series of memorable vignettes which will fascinate those who have embraced Starsailor and Blue Afternoon or Grace and Live At Sin-E as part of their lives.' Uncut 'A rich and moving portrait of two damaged, gifted people' Esquire