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Blue Melody: Tim Buckley Remembered

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(Book). Celebrating the personal and musical legacy of Tim Buckley, Blue Melody tells the untold story of an exceptionally gifted and charismatic singer-songwriter rebel of the 1960s. Written by Buckley's lead guitarist and close friend, this combination of fond memoir and incisive biography is a remembrance of concerts, tours, recording sessions, friends, family and ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Backbeat Books
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Ani Vardanyan
Oct 05, 2016 Ani Vardanyan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: absolutely everyone
Tim Buckley became an inspiration and forever seized me with his music from the very first time I heard it...

I have read some biographies and autobiographical books, and I've always enjoyed them, but Lee Underwood's "Blue Melody" is unlike anything I've read before. It's actually one of the most beautiful, inspiring, luminous, influential and unforgettable books I've ever read, one that does change a person, a life. It's an utterly, unbelievably honest tale of life and love, anger and compassion
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Christopher
Feb 12, 2015 Christopher rated it it was ok
Blue Melody is a biography of musician Tim Buckley by his long-time lead guitarist Lee Underwood, who worked with Buckley from before this recording of his first album in 1966 to his tragic death in 1975. Underwood not only knew Buckley intimately and can share many stories of his life, but he also appreciated him selflessly and at times the book approaches hagiography.

While the strongest part of Underwood's biography is Buckley's folk period, up until around 1969, I was happy to see him dedicat
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Samantha Glasser
Tim Buckley had a musical career that spanned the 60s and 70s before his life ended at age 28 due to a heroin overdose. His style is hard to categorize because he was influenced by a wide variety of artists and because he always pushed himself to try new things.

Lee Underwood was Buckley's guitarist and best friend for many years. He recounts their experiences together in this book, and his personal relationship provides insight into the conflicted and sometimes erratic artist. On the downside,
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Nisha-Anne
Apr 17, 2011 Nisha-Anne rated it it was amazing
Remarkable book, inasmuch for its literary skill as well as the way it manages to combine personal memoir and consciously objective appraisal. I'm not sure the objectivity was ever fully gained but, you know, that's okay because Lee Underwood did treasure Tim as a friend and that makes me respect his struggle to be objective all the more. It also makes me treasure the conversations related, the discussions about creative struggle set out on the page ... even if part of me murmurs constantly that ...more
Larry-bob Roberts
Dec 23, 2007 Larry-bob Roberts rated it really liked it
Biography of Tim Buckley written by his guitarist. Underwood was there from the time of the first record and played on seven of Buckley's nine studio albums, which were made in nine years. Over the course of that time Buckley went from folk to folk-rock to improv music and into boogie rock. Underwood managed to overcome the chemical abuse that did in Buckley (though the is critical of those who overemphasize or distort the alcohol and drugs to the detriment of the music.) He delves into the ...more
Ellie
Jul 06, 2015 Ellie rated it it was amazing
The quintessential book on Tim Buckley. He was the most beautiful face and the most eloquent musical talent. He died way too soon, and I wonder what he would have become had he lived longer. Lee Underwood has done a truly masterful job in bringing Tim and his musical years to life. I feel like I knew him.
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