David Berman Remembered by Silver Jews Collaborator Bob Nastanovich, Deerhunter, More

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David Berman performing with Silver Jews in 2008. Photo by Edd Westmacott/Photoshot/Getty Images.
David Berman performing with Silver Jews in 2008. Photo by Edd Westmacott/Photoshot/Getty Images.

Following the unhappy information that David Berman of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains died today, musicians—his friends and his admirers—took a second to pay homage to the late poet and singer-songwriter. Stephen Malkmus, who regularly collaborated with Berman and was an early member of Silver Jews, tweeted about Berman’s passing.

Bob Nastanovich, one other frequent collaborator of Berman’s, additionally paid tribute to his pal in an announcement.

I used to be saddened to listen to that David died. Stephen known as me to inform me
this afternoon.

For most of my life, I used to be amazed by David as an individual, a humorist and
a author. It was enlightening to have such a proficient pal at a
younger age and understand that the expertise wasn’t at all times a blessing.

David battled psychological sickness for almost all of his life. He had
skilled assist and the unyielding assist of a whole lot of fine
buddies. He had many loving and devoted followers.

Please attempt to cherish your reminiscences of him and his phrases and music
together with his final album Purple Mountains.

I do know I’ll and I’m grateful that the checklist of fine reminiscences and
tales is lengthy.

The Avalanches wrote a memorial to their late collaborator and revealed that he contributed to their upcoming album. “Of, loosely, my generation of songwriters, the best of us,” the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle stated of Berman. Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis tweeted about her love of his poetry ebook Actual Air, including, “songwriting is NOT poetry, it’s crazy one person was so good at both.”

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This article was initially printed on August 7 at 9:49 p.m. It was final up to date on August 7 at 10:03 p.m.