London: Jawbone Press, 2013. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps, french flaps.
Signed first edition of avant garde guitar hero Gary Lucas's memoir of his friendship and professional relationship with singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, who tragically drowned at the age of 31, just as he was skyrocketing to stardom. Lucas, who got his start at the side of cult rocker Captain Beefheart, has been a fixture on the new music circuit for decades, with his band Gods and Monsters, and a bevvy of projects and collaborations with the varied likes of Louy Reed, DJ Spooky, Amanda Palmer, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, David Johansen, Hal Wilner, and many more. Lucas and Buckley met in the early 1990s, when Buckley, the son of the folk legend Tim Buckley, relocated to NYC from Los Angeles and joined up with Gods and Monsters. Buckley provided lyrics to a number of Lucas's instrumental tracks, while Lucas composed the title track on Buckley's sole studio album Grace, as well as the standout "Mojo Pin." The two parted ways over irreconcilable creative differences, not long before Buckley departed NYC for Memphis. Though he struggled with personal demons, his death by drowning was ruled an accident. "To have created songs with Jeff that continue to this day to lift people up and inspire them is a fantastic thing indeed. To inspire other people – to empower them to realize their fullest human potential – is still to me the greatest thing you can do with your life." First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Signed by Lucas on the title-page. Sticker to rear wrap. Fine. Item #2730