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

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. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new Jeff Buckley rarities collection You and I via NPR Music

The latest dive into the archives of iconic singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley is You and I,  a ten-song collection of mostly covers from across the canon of 20th century music. We’ve already heard his moving rendition of “I Know It’s Over” by The Smiths. Now, thanks to NPR Music’s First Listen, we can hear the whole record – which features covers of Bob Dylan (“Just Like a Woman”), Bukka White (“Poor Boy Long Way From Home”), Sly & the Family Stone (“Everyday People”) and more.  Continue reading →

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Jeff Buckley’s cover of “I Know It’s Over” by The Smiths will give you chills

There have been mixed reactions over the years to the amount of unfinished recordings, outtakes, demos, rehearsal tapes, etc. trotted out from the Jeff Buckley archives and packaged as commercial releases. But the latest from the much loved singer-songwriter, who passed away in 1997, sounds incredibly promising.

As anybody who owns Grace will tell you, Buckley was a master of interpretation (see his iconic version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” See also: “Lilac Wine,” recorded over the years by Eartha Kitt and Nina Simone). So it’s amazing to hear that You and I, out on March 16th, is almost entirely covers. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Madonna Sing Tribute to David Bowie, & Listen to Jeff Buckley’s cover of Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman”

Rebel Rebel You tore your dress…………..Rebel Rebel how could they know?? ❤️#rebelheartour

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Madonna is among the many artists who have paid tribute to David Bowie. Watch Madonna cover “Rebel Rebel” live in concert in Houston last night. Continue reading →