David Latham reviews 'A Pure Drop: The life and legacy of Jeff Buckley' by Jeff Apter

David Latham reviews 'A Pure Drop: The life and legacy of Jeff Buckley' by Jeff Apter

A Pure Drop: The life and legacy of Jeff Buckley

by Jeff Apter

Echo, $32.99 pb, 256 pp, 9781760404031

Jeff Buckley is a man frozen in time, not just by virtue of being elevated into the pantheon of ‘died-too-early-rock-gods’. Before his untimely drowning in 1997, Buckley appeared to exist in a sort of musical and emotional stasis: a young fogey caught among the cultural ruins and vestiges of his estranged father, who died aged twenty-eight from a heroin overdose in 1975. It is a topic that Jeff Apter passes over but doesn’t mine in his re-released Jeff Buckley biography, A Pure Drop.

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David Latham

David Latham

David Latham is Editor in Chief and occasional contributor for RMIT’s recently launched cultural review site In Review, a freelance journalist who has written for the Guardian, Vice, and Crikey, and a recently graduated screenwriter who has just optioned a television series. He is the creator, writer, and Executive Producer for a film review show currently in pre-production.