Never Before Seen Pictures and Letters from Singer Jeff Buckley to Be Released in New Book

By STEPHANIE OFFICER
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It's a look into Jeff Buckley’s life, in his own words— 22 years after the singer’s untimely death.

“Jeff Buckey: His Own Voice,” will feature letters and journal entries from Buckley, along with never before seen photos and lyrics, according to the publisher, Da Capo Press. The book was co-edited by his mother, Mary Guilbert.

The singer reportedly kept detailed diaries that followed his journey of his time living in Los Angeles during the late 1980s, until his passing in May, 1997.

"There have been and probably always will be those who wish to speak for my son, take credit for his success or put words in his mouth," Guilbert told Rolling Stone. "In choosing these pages to share with the world, I’m giving him the chance to speak with his own voice, for the record…and for his fans to see what a sweet, funny, amazing human being he was."

Buckley worked as a musician for years, playing cover songs at venues around New York City. He released what would be his first and only studio album “Grace,” in 1994. It spawned one of his most popular tracks, a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” 

In 1997, Buckley moved to Memphis, Tennessee to work on his second album, “My Sweetheart the Drunk.” Buckley reportedly drowned during an evening swim in the Mississippi River on May 29, 1997.

“Jeff Buckey: His Own Voice,” will be released on Oct. 15.

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