The journals, notebooks, musings, and early song drafts of Jeff Buckley, the late singer best-known for the definitive version of “Hallelujah” and his classic album Grace, including dozens of evocative photos of his personal effects and ephemera.
Starting with his acclaimed 1994 debut album Grace, Jeff Buckley was one of the most singular talents to emerge in pop music that decade: a singer, guitarist and songwriter with a multi-octave range whose tastes took in rock, blues, jazz, hardcore, Qawwali music, even show tunes. Hailed by the likes of Bono, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, Grace showcased Buckley’s voice, passion and influences and pointed to an inordinately promising future. Three short years later, at the age of 30, he tragically drowned in Memphis. But his legend and stature have only grown in the years since; in recent years, everyone from Adele to Coldplay and Radiohead have spoken of the impact Buckley’s music had on them.
For much of his life, Buckley diligently kept journals chronicling his goals, inspirations, aspirations, and creative struggles. These diaries amount to one of the most insightful life chronicles any musical artist has left behind. Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice will mark the first-ever publication of Buckley’s handwritten account of his journey from his days in Los Angeles in the late ’80s through shortly before his passing. Combined with reproductions of other memorabilia–including letters, notes, and unpublished lyrics–the book will take readers and fans deep into Buckley’s mind and life.