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David Berman Dead at 52

David Berman Dead at 52”

David Berman, the frontman and lyricist for the acclaimed indie rock band Silver Jews, died Wednesday at the age of 52.

Malkmus and Nastanovich were among those to pay tribute to Berman.

"David Berman passed away earlier today". The cause of Berman's passing is now unknown. His label, Drag City, announced his passing in a statement.

According to Variety, Berman was set to start a tour with his new band Purple Mountains on Saturday in NY and dates were set across the country.

Punknews extends our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of David Berman.

Berman had written in a post on the Drag City Records message board about his anger with his father, tobacco lobbyist, Richard Berman, from whom he was estranged.

In 1998, Pitchfork ranked Silver Jews's American Water the 12th best album of the year, saying it was "the pinnacle of a certain strain of indie rock: smart but unpolished, grounded but opaque, the down-home sound of Creedence Clearwater Revival and the country side of the Rolling Stones executed by college boys raised on punk".

The Silver Jews that recorded six studio albums between 1994 and 2008 rarely performed live. Numerous songs on Purple Mountains allude to Berman's estranged wife, Cassie Berman, and the shame that accompanied their separation.

Berman was the only constant member of the Silver Jews, which he founded in 1989. He was also a respected figure in the poetry world, releasing his 1999 poetry collection Actual Air and 2009 cartoon collection The Portable February.

Berman had dealt with drug addiction for years and had survived several overdoses and at least one suicide attempt.



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