Jeff Buckley: From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye

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For the first time since Jeff Buckley’s untimely death on May 29, 1997, Dave Lory reveals what it was like to work alongside one of rock’s most celebrated and influential artists. Go on the road and behind the scenes with Buckley, from his electrifying first solo shows in New York to the difficult sessions for the second album he never completed.

 

Lory opens up about their struggles with the record label and trouble with the band, shares previously untold stories and describes fascinating scenes that only he witnessed, including what went down in the days immediately after getting that fateful call, “Jeff is missing.”

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Dave Lory has worked in entertainment for over 35 years. Starting as a drummer and tour-manager, he rose to becoming a respected artist manager, record executive and event producer working in rock, country and rap. Apart from Jeff Buckley, Lory helped guide the careers of the Allman Brothers, Courtney Love and Duncan Sheik. As an executive at Mercury and Artemis Records he worked with Bon Jovi, KISS, Shania Twain, Def Jam and Warren Zevon. His event productions include the New Music Seminar and the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards. He was a founding member of the Music Managers’ Forum and has lectured in music business at William Patterson University and New York University.

 

Jim Irvin, born and raised in west London, began his career in music as singer in UK indie band Furniture throughout the 1980s. In 1990 he switched to music journalism and became the founding features editor of MOJO magazine in 1994, where he first met, reviewed, and wrote about Jeff Buckley. He write acclaimed pieces on Radiohead, Talk Talk and Sandy Denny, edited The MOJO Collection, a compendium of classic albums, and commissioned MOJO’s own book imprint. Although he continues to contribute to various publications, Jim returned to full-time songwriting in 2001 and has collaborated with artists including Lana Del Rey, Lissie, David Guetta, Gavin DeGraw, Anne-Marie, and Nothing But Thieves.

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Post Hill Press
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Published on
May 29, 2018
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Pages
482
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ISBN
9781682615751
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Music / Genres & Styles / Rock
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