When Jeff Buckley drowned at the age of thirty in 1997, he not only left behind a legacy of brilliant music — he brought back haunting memories of his father, '60s troubadour Tim Buckley, a gifted musician who barely knew his son and who himself died at twenty-eight. Both father and son made transcendent music that mixed rock, jazz, and folk; both amassed a cadre of obsessive, adoring fans.
This absorbing dual biography — based on interviews with more than one hundred friends, family members, and business associates as well as access to journals and unreleased recordings — tells for the first time the intriguing, often heartbreaking story of these two musicians.
It offers a new understanding of the Buckleys' parallel lives — and tragedies — while exploring the changing music business between the '60s and the '90s. Finally, it tells the story of a father and son, two complex, enigmatic men who died searching for themselves and each other.