XPN MusicNotes: Jeff Buckley’s journals, John Prine’s songwriting memoirs will hit bookstores soon

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Jeff Buckley | via Rolling Stone

“In choosing these pages to share with the world, I’m giving Jeff 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.”- Mary Guibert- Jeff Buckley’s mom

It’s hard to believe that this coming May 29th will mark the 20th anniversary of Jeff Buckley’s death, and now comes word that a new book — Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice — is in the works that will feature, for the first time: handwritten journals, along with some unreleased recordings from the late singer-songwriter.

According to Rolling Stone the book will come out in the spring 2019 and will feature letters, lyrics, and photographs from Jeff Buckley.  Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert is compiling and editing the book, along with writer David Browne.  An audio-book version will also feature some unreleased recordings, including Buckley’s outgoing voicemail message and his list of “100 things to do.”  More archival studio material from Jeff Buckley is also due for release from his estate.

Page from Jeff Buckley’s journal | via Rolling Stone

Listen to Jeff Buckley perform live on the World Cafe in 1994 at the links below:

Lover You Should Have Come Over

Grace

Rolling Stone called John Prine “The Mark Twain of American Songwriting.” Now, Prine will give insights into his music with his first book, Beyond Words. It includes more than 100 personal photographs, copies of his handwritten lyrics showing how the songs evolved, Prine’s own observations about his music and the lyrics and chords for 60 songs. Beyond Words from John Prine comes out April 18th.

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