David Berman (Silver Jews, Purple Mountains) Dead at 52
Berman formed Silver Jews in the late ’80s with Pavement members Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich. The group went through multiple lineup changes and released six studio albums between the years of 1994 and 2008. Berman remained the only constant member of the band during that time period. His first collection of poetry, Actual Air, was released in 1999. After releasing their sixth LP Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea in 2008, Berman dissolved Silver Jews the following year.
A decade after Silver Jews disbanded, Berman announced a new project called Purple Mountains. He released a self-titled albumunder that moniker in July via his longtime label home, Drag City. His North American tour behind the new album was set to begin this weekend.
We couldn't be more sorry to tell you this. David Berman passed away earlier today. A great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals we've ever known is gone. Rest easy, David. pic.twitter.com/5n5bctcu4j
— 𝕯𝖗𝖆𝖌 𝕮𝖎𝖙𝖞 (@dragcityrecords) August 7, 2019