David Berman (musician)
Tue, 2022-Feb-15 00:55 UTC
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David Cloud Berman (born David Craig Berman; January 4, 1967 – August 7, 2019) was an American musician, singer and poet. In 1989, with Pavement's Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, he founded the indie rock band Silver Jews, and was its only constant member until its dissolution in 2009.
He provided Silver Jews' characteristic lyrics and, with Malkmus, the simple country-rock sound they developed from their early lo-fi recordings. His abstract, autobiographical lyrics were his creative priority, and he extensively labored over them. Despite believing his work was unappreciated, Berman cultivated a passionate following and became a cult figure in indie rock.
Actual Air, Berman's only published volume of poetry, appeared in 1999. By that time, he had begun to use heroin and crack cocaine. Eventually, his struggle with substance abuse, depression and anxiety overcame his career decisions, and he attempted suicide in 2003. Afterward, he underwent rehabilitation, engaged with Judaism, and—alongside his wife, Cassie Berman—toured for the first time. In 2009, he announced his withdrawal from music.
Although his music and poetry were relatively successful, his life was marred by financial difficulties which, along with marriage breakdown, resulted in his return to music in 2019. He adopted the band name Purple Mountains, releasing an eponymous debut album that July, and planned a tour to pay off a $100,000 credit card debt. He died by suicide in August 2019.
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