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Jeff Buckley’s former manager discusses tragic Kurt Cobain connection


Jeff Buckley’s former manager Dave Lory has discussed the difficulties in dealing with the death of an artist.

Lory, who was the manager of Buckley for four years from 1993 up until his death in 1997, reflected on the time Buckley drowned in the Mississippi River: “It’s like a military operation – at first you don’t know what you are going to do,” he said when discussing an attempt at trying to deal with a death of a close friend.

Lory was appearing on the Desperate Times – 90’s Music podcast by Alternative Nation’s when he added: “Thank god there was no internet back then so I could get the message out like I wanted. But Danny Goldberg, who I co-managed the Allman Brothers with, and Janet Billing handled Nirvana when Kurt killed himself. They called me right away. That meant a lot because there’s not a book written [about] rock star publicity [when an] artist dies,” he added.

“They also said, ‘You’re a part of a club you don’t want to belong to.’ They said I’d get that call one day, and I did [again] when Michael Hutchence hung himself,” who died in 1997.

Discussing Kurt Cobain in more detail, Lory explained how producer Andy Wallace became the link between the two artists. Wallace produced Buckley’s ‘Grace’ and mixed Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’. “It’s interesting, I talked to Andy Wallace yesterday, who was going to produce [Buckley’s] next record,” Lory said.

“He told me a story – it’s in the book too – about how he mixed ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana. Before Jeff, everybody wanted to work with him because of Nirvana. He said, ‘I don’t get Nirvana, I get Jeff Buckley.’ That’s because it’s a timeless record. You put it on today, you don’t know what decade [it’s from] or even if it’s a new record, and that’s a pretty special accomplishment on just one record.”

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