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Margaritas at the Mall
by Purple Mountains, feat. David Berman, lead vocals/guitar
FAST-TRACK: David Berman (1967 to 2019) was an American singer/songwriter, with 'Silver Jews', and poet. David Craig Berman was born on January 4th 1967 in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. He attended high school at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, before matriculating at the University of Virginia. While living in Charlottesville, he began writing and performing songs (often left on friends' voice message machines) with his loose band 'Ectoslavia', which mainly consisted of himself with Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich. After the trio graduated from the University of Virginia, they moved to Hoboken, New Jersey, where they shared an apartment and adopted the new moniker 'Silver Jews' for their recording of ever more discordant tapes in their living room. (During this time, Berman changed his middle name to 'Cloud', and also took a job working as a security guard at a New York museum.) Although the band primarily existed as a recording project for most of its existence, the 'Silver Jews' toured regularly from 2005 until 2009, at which point he announced his complete retirement from music (mainly due to pressures of life on the road, but also because of some damaging issues with his estranged father Richard). His accomplished lyrics had been compared by some to Bob Dylan, and during the band's time they released six full-length albums. Individually, he was also known for his poetry and short stories, releasing the poetry collection "Actual Air" in 1999 (it was much-celebrated for its focus on overlooked aspects of everyday life, as well as on chance and humorous juxtapositions). Berman also released an experimental prose and sketch book called "The Portable February" in 2009. However, in early 2019 he returned to music under the new band name 'Purple Mountains' - although they released an eponymous debut album in July 2019, this would turn out to be his final music project. David Berman died in Chicago on August 7th 2019, aged 52. The cause of death was later announced as "suicide by hanging". He had dealt with drug addiction for many years, and had survived several overdoses plus at least one suicide attempt. http://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/07/arts/music/david-berman-silver-jews-dead.html
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Berman_%28musician%29
Posted: 9th August 2019
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