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Jeff Buckley: From Hallelujah to The Last Goodbye
For the first time since Jeff Buckley’s untimely death on May 29, 1997, his manager Dave Lory reveals what it was like to work with one of rock’s most celebrated and influential artists. Go on the road and behind the scenes with Jeff, from the release of his debut EP Live at Sin-é to the second album Buckley never completed.
Jeff Buckley includes testimony from the many people who worked closely with Jeff both on and off stage and includes never-before-shared intimate scenes that only Lory witnessed, including what went down immediately after Lory got that fateful call, “Jeff is missing.”
Dave Lory has worked in the arts and entertainment arenas for over 35 years. Starting out on the live circuit as a drummer, Dave Lory formed his own tour management company in 1986 and progressed to managing the careers of artists as varied as The Allman Brothers, Courtney Love, and Duncan Sheik. He managed Jeff Buckley from the release of his first EP in 1993 until his sudden, tragic death in 1997.
Alongside his management roles, Dave ran a burgeoning events business, booking the New Music Seminar festival with its founder Tom Silverman, and producing stellar evenings such as “Songs of the City” for the New York Grammy Committee and “The Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner.” When, after Buckley’s death, Dave diverted from personal management, he was made Sr. Vice President of international marketing and artist development at Mercury Records, and in 1999, he joined Danny Goldberg’s Artemis Records as Sr. Vice-President. Artemis was voted Billboard Magazine’s Independent Label of the Year in 2000 and 2001.
Dave continues to build businesses operating in live production, event management, security, and marketing consultation. He was a founding member of the Music Managers’ Forum, an organization that lobbies for the music industry with Congress and provides education for up-and-coming managers. He has provided security for the United Nations and also lectured in music business programs at William Patterson University and New York University. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Samantha, and two daughters.