He was a poet for a generation.
David Berman, a singer-songwriter who formed the indie rock group Silver Joden in the nineties, has died. He was 52. Berman was going on tour with his new Purple Mountains project on Saturday, August 10 in New York. The group had tour dates across the country for about six weeks, ending in Los Angeles on September 23. His label, Drag City, called Berman "a great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals we have ever known." How did David Berman die?
1. Cause of death
David Berman struggled for years with drug addiction. Berman became a regular user of crack, heroin and meth at the beginning of 2000. He had an overdose twice by accident. On November 19, 2003, Berman tried to commit suicide in Nashville by consuming 300 Xanax pills in combination with crack cocaine. About a year later he went to the rehabilitation of medicines at the Hazelden Foundation. David Berman died on 8 August 2019. No cause of death has been released, although musician Joe Pernice in a now deleted tweet said that Berman committed suicide.
2. His early years
David Berman was born on January 4, 1967 in Williamsburg, Virginia. His parents divorced when he was seven. His mother moved to Ohio. Berman moved to Dallas with his father. He went to the University of Virginia, where he met fellow students Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and James McNew. The four formed an experimental music band called Ectoslavia. After their studies, the four moved to Hoboken, New Jersey. Bermanand Malkmus got a job as a security guard at the Whitney Museum in New York City and continued to make music with Nastanovich under the name Silver Jews.
3. The silver Jews
Over the years, Berman has given a number of explanations for the name of the band. One was that it was a nickname for blonde Jews. Another was that it was a reference to the experimental rock band Silver Apples from the 60s. The music of the silver Jews contained elements of country music and discordant noise. The band rarely performed live. The silver Jews recorded six studio albums from 1994 to 2008. The band toured in 2006 after the release of the album Tanglewood numbers. The silver Jews broke up on January 31, 2009 after playing a final show in Tennessee. Berman attributed the end of the silver Jews to his tense relationship with his estranged father, Richard Berman, a conservative gun and tobacco lobbyist. He wanted to "repair the injustice" of his father.
4. He suffered from depression
Berman & # 39; s struggle with depression was known. His friend and fellow silver bandmate Stephen Malkmus wrote on Twitter on Wednesday evening after his death was confirmed: "He was one of a friendlier. The songs he wrote were ultimately his main passion. Hope that death equals peace because he could certainly use it."
5. Purple mountains
Purple Mountains would become Berman & # 39; s comeback. The band and its music were inspired and nourished by the dissolution of his marriage. Many of the songs on the album Purple Mountains allusion to Berman & alienated wife, Cassie. On the first single & # 39; All My Happiness Is Gone & # 39 ;, Berman sings: & # 39; Ten thousand afternoons ago all my happiness overflowed. That was the life and purpose of going first. & # 39; Purple Mountains would start a six-week national tour on August 10.
6. His wife Cassie
At the time of his death, David Berman lived in Chicago. He was divorced from his wife, the musician and fellow silver Jewish band member Cassie Berman. The couple still owns a house together in Nashville. Earlier this year, Berman revealed that he had more than $ 100,000 in debt on credit cards and loans. He said he was always above his head and that it was & # 39; exhausting worry & # 39 ;.
If you or someone you know have thoughts about killing or harming yourself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free from anywhere in the US at 1-800-273-8255.
Amy Lamare is a freelance writer from Los Angeles who deals with entertainment, pop culture, beauty, fashion, fitness, technology and the intersection of technology, business and philanthropy. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.