Who was the real Jeff Buckley? Was Jeff, as he described himself, ‘rootless trailer trash’, a ‘male chanteuse’ or, as Bono famously stated, ‘a pure drop in an ocean of noise’? The voice of ‘Hallelujah’, the man who completed just one album, the masterpiece Grace, Jeff Buckley was a restless spirit, a musical chameleon – and a troubled soul, haunted by the spirit of his father, the legendary Tim Buckley. Like the father he barely knew, Jeff died way too young, aged just 30, in 1997, drowning in Memphis. Widely regarded as the definitive study of Jeff Buckley, A Pure Drop has been fully revised and updated and features a new gallery of images from Merri Cyr, Jeff’s official photographer.
Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 mainly music-related books, including biographies of Keith Urban (Fortunate Son), Johnny O’Keefe (Rocker. Legend. Wild One.) and the Finn brothers (Together Alone). He has also co-written or ghostwritten books with Kasey Chambers (A Little Bird Told Me), Richard Clapton (The best years of our lives) and Mark Evans (Dirty Deeds). Jeff was the Creative Associate for 2015’s successful A State of Grace: The Music of Tim and Jeff Buckley tour. His latest book is Tragedy: The Sad Ballad of the Gibb Brothers. www.jeffapter.com.au