Silver Jews' David Berman dies at 52

David Berman of Silver Jews Purple Mountains Dead at 52

Berman passed away yesterday, August 7th, 2019. When he spoke with the Poetry Foundation last month, after the book was given a hardcover rerelease, the self-deprecating humor of his work in Purple Mountains carried over to the interview. Drag City, Berman's longtime record label announced the news Wednesday night.

Silver Jews split up in 2009, but a decade later, Berman announced that he was leading a new project called Purple Mountains. Berman's cause of death is not known at this time. Below, find tweets from fellow musicians reacting to his passing, as well as a selection of his music.

Berman established himself as a world-class rock lyricist on the following Silver Jews record, 1996's The Natural Bridge, which did not feature his friends in Pavement.

Malkmus and Nastanovich were among those to pay tribute to Berman. The critically acclaimed group - with Berman as the only constant member - released six albums before splitting in 2009.

Berman started making music while living in Hoboken, N.J., with college friends Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich. His father, Richard Berman was a lobbyist who represented the firearm and alcohol industries, among others, which later contributed to Berman's estrangement from his father.

The group disbanded after playing a final show on January 31, 2009, in the 333-foot deep Cumberland Caverns in Tennessee.

Berman had suffered from drug addiction for years and had survived several overdoses and one suicide attempt.

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