For a brief moment there, it looked like Jeff Buckley would perhaps be the heir apparent to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen — the next in a line of prolific American musicians. In 1994, Buckley released his debut album, Grace, and everyone took notice. Radio listeners. Fellow musicians. Music executives. Everyone. A new talent had emerged. And then tragedy struck. Before he could release his second album, Buckley, 30 years old, went for a swim in a quiet part of the Mississippi River; a speedboat passed by, creating a wake; and the singer drowned.
The 2002 documentary — Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You — revisits the short life and times of the young artist. As OC writer Mike Springer tells us: “The one-hour film features rare footage of Buckley’s early performances and interviews, along with commentary by Jimmy Page, Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde and many of the people who were close to Buckley, including his mother. It chronicles his early work as a guitarist in Los Angeles, his emergence as a singer and songwriter in New York, the making of Grace, and the ghost that was always shadowing Buckley: the complicated legacy of his famous biological father, the folk singer Tim Buckley, who he barely knew, and who also died young.” Find more documentaries in our collection of 500 Free Movies Online.