I had the honor of interviewing singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley in November August (thank you, Mercedes, for the correct month), 1994 at The Point in Atlanta, GA. The interview ran in “Ink 19,” originally an alternative print music magazine out of Melbourne, FL.
I sure miss Jeff”s voice, music and spirit. He was incredibly gifted, as was his dad, the late Tim Buckley. We lost Jeff in May of ’97. And what a tragic loss it was. This is a scan of the article. I need to find the original so I can embiggen it (Flickr fans will get that term…).
Photo taken backstage before the show of Jeff (left) and, I believe, Michael Grondahl backstage at The Point.
He clutches the padding to his body as if in waiting for a baseball to sore through the air to hit him square in the chest.
But when he opens his eyes and sees it is just the aliens dancing on the sidewalk, he eases up a bit. Some things never change. It seems to him a daily parade of the mundane and the ridiculous mesh together in a dance so sublime only a drunk, like himself, sees it.
It’s his show, day after day. An old poster of a band, from long ago, reminds him that he has a wall all his own. In the other world, people go to work, come home to families, watch TV all night, and slip off to sleep, only to wake and repeat the same process day after day after day. Life isn’t meant to be a single stream of sameness in his opinion.
His memory holds the image of suited people surrounding him, while he lay on the floor. Their faces elongating and morphing into haunting images and the sounds echoed and blared loudly telling him he didn’t fit in, he wasn’t positive enough and had no business sense and why was he on the floor, anyway? But it was a long time ago.
Join kindred spirits and watch the election returns Nov. 6, 8 p.m. to midnight, at Firkin & Gryphon, located at 4764 Ashford Dunwoody Road Northeast in Dunwoody. TVs will be tuned to election coverage and the menu offers a great selection of nosh and, oh yeah, Firkin has a bar. (You did notice the “Drinking” part in the chapter name, right?)
Drinking Liberally (DL) is part of a national group called Living Liberally, which is dedicated to creating communities around progressive politics. Through various social activities and events, the organization promotes engagement in politics and facilitates collaboration among other progressive organizations.
Originating in New York City, the original DL club pulls in progressives weekly to chug and chat at Rudy’s Bar & Grill in Hell’s Kitchen. There, you can get a pint of Rudy’s Blonde for $2.50 and free Sabrett hot dogs, all the while promoting “Democracy one pint at a time,” DL’s motto. And just to note, the group’s once-a-week gathering is the only thing listed on Rudy’s online events calendar.