Greetings From Tim Buckley

'Greetings From Tim Buckley' Review

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by Jordan Hoffman September 14, 2012 03:43 PM
Celluloid Dreams
It's one of the finest origin stories in (not so) recent pop culture history. A well-funded arts organization plans a tribute for a long dead singer-songwriter. They invite his son, who never knew his father, who then takes to the stage, opens his mouth and, wow, he can sing, too. Luckily the press was in the audience and that's how Jeff Buckley's career began.
Neither Jeff nor his father Tim Buckley are exactly household names but if you are a fan of what I call Public Radio Rock you are well familiar with their oeuvre. Tim was a soulful post-Dylan singer of the 1960s, Jeff was an energetic, emotional amalgam of a number of musical influences. I say "was" because they both died extremely young, leaving behind enough of a myth to get a movie like 'Greetings from Tim Buckley' made.