David Berman (musician)

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David Berman
David Berman @ Watkins Institute 2008.jpg
Berman at the Watkins Institute in 2008
Background information
Birth nameDavid Craig Berman
Born(1967-01-04)January 4, 1967
Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
DiedAugust 7, 2019(2019-08-07) (aged 52)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresRock, indie rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, poet, cartoonist
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1989(?)–2019
LabelsDrag City, Domino
Associated actsSilver Jews, Purple Mountains, Pavement, Ectoslavia, New Radiant Storm King
Websitewww.silverjews.net(bad link)

David Cloud Berman (born David Craig Berman; January 4, 1967 – August 7, 2019) was an American poet, cartoonist and singer-songwriter. He was best known for his work with indie-rock band the Silver Jews.

In January 2009, Berman announced his retirement from music in hopes of finding a meaningful way of undoing the damage that his estranged father Richard (drug lobbyist) had done to society.

Berman had written and recorded with the Silver Jews, he has also released two books: Actual Air (1999) and The Portable February (2009). In early 2019, Berman returned to music under the new band name Purple Mountains, releasing an eponymous debut album in July 2019.

Berman lived in Chicago, Illinois. He was found dead at his Brooklyn apartment on August 7, 2019 at the age of 52.[1] The cause of death was suicide by hanging.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. David Berman (Silver Jews, Purple Mountains) Dead at 52
  2. "Silver Jews' David Berman Died by Suicide, Medical Examiner Rules". Pitchfork.