you get a special kind of satisfaction out of knowing that you have provided so
many fans with information that would otherwise be unattainable?
Thats why I started to contribute to it in the first place. It has always
irked me whenever I go to a web page for an actor or musician or artist and there
are nice pictures and maybe lyrics or a short bio but no articles or interviews
to give you an idea of what the person thinks about things or what they are like.
So for this page, I wanted to give an as in-depth view of Tim as I could
make him more 3D as a person and an artist. I named it Archives because I thought
that would be a good description of the page and its why it isnt a
very chatty or interactive page.
Does it bug you when you read something that you know was pinched from your
site and the author doesn't give you credit?
© US State
After graduating from Yale University, Suzanne joined the US
State Department and now works as a Foreign Service Officer in Russia. She is
shown here at a lecture on American visa issues in Samara.
dont mind the photos or lyrics as much as the really long articles that
took me hours to type in!
Does that happen often?
Since there arent that many sites about Tim,
it doesnt happen too often.
Any particular instance that irked you the most?
think there is or was a page or two out there that has ripped me off wholesale
one article isnt so bad, but a lot of them - without acknowledging
the inputte - is just laziness. It was kind of nice that the new Italian CD acknowledged
me Im pretty sure they used most of my material for the booklet.
But then, I think my next project will be to transcribe the entire thing (English
& Italian), so well be even.
Could you say how many hits your web site has had since it's inception?
wish I could say, but I guess Ill never know. Ive tried putting a
counter up on my site but it just doesnt work - its a really ancient
Unix-based site. The CDNow statistics are something like 35/week but thats
just hits through the CDNow links. I used to get about 10-15 emails per week when
I had my email address on the page, but I had to discontinue that because I just
didnt have time to answer them all and it was really getting me stressed
Did you ever see Tim perform live, and if so, how many times? Remember, I have
no idea how old you are.
I was barely walking when he died. I managed to see Jeff about seven or eight
times so at least I didnt entirely miss out on the Buckley phenomenon.
Which performance was your favorite? If you never saw Tim perform, then what
is your favorite recorded concert?
has to be my fave or one of the other later ones like the Felt Forum or San Francisco
Boarding House. I love Dream Letter and Live at the Troubadour,
but the soul/funk-flavored songs just kill me.
How many of Tim's family members, friends, aquaintances, fellow musicians,
and lovers have contacted you over the years?
about every one except Carter CC Colins and Larry Beckett, who Ive always
wanted to hear from.
Would you mind listing some of the ones you've conversed with?
Buckleys except Judy, Lee Underwood, John Balkin, Stan Agol, and many other friends
Which ones impressed you the most?
and John. Lee, because he keeps in touch which is sweet and John because hes
very esoteric and way out there.
How many friends would you say that you have made as a result of email exchanges
relating to Tim?
for me, very few. If you havent guessed already, my mantra is I just
dont have time. I try to keep my online life to a minimum (especially
since April when I adopted two kittens who take up a huge chunk of my time), even
though I know Im probably missing out on meeting and getting to know some
Have there ever been times that you regretted starting the Archives?
yes. Its kind of like an albatross around my neck (was that a mixed metaphor?).
I try to live a really unencumbered life, but the page is something Im stuck
with no matter where I go. And I feel very guilty at times, because people always
want more but theres only so much I can do. At the same time, I dont
think I could ever pass it on to someone else because Im too paranoid that
theyll take the page down e.g. the Jeff Buckley page, which I contributed
a ton of articles and interviews to only to see them vanish without a trace.
have to excuse me for not doing my homework, but I've read that you've also done
some excellent research on Edith Piaf? Could you briefly fill me in on your connection
to her and where I can read some of those insights that you've recorded?
you can trace my history to her back to Jeff. I heard him cover her on Live
at Sine and I was immediately hooked. I created the page to help people who
love Edith but, like me, arent too great at French. I tried to find as many
lyrics as possible - about 250-300, I lost track - and type them up.
goodness I had help in the form of a generous retired guy name Basil who did about
150 or so songs. It is mainly a lyrics page (hence the name Songs of Edith
Piaf) and wasnt meant to be a comprehensive page like Tims - although
some people would like it to be, and I have added some pictures and other info
for their benefit. Out of the two pages, its actually the more well-known
one, even though to me its the less complete and less important one.
Well...That's about all I have to ask you at this time. I want to thank you
so much Suzanne for taking the time to answer my questions. The Tim Buckley Archives
is indeed a treasure chest filled with insightful experiences that otherwise would
be lost forever. Your contribution is without exaggeration, immeasurable!!
Thanks for giving me the chance to share my background with everyone. I dont
think Ive ever had the opportunity to do so up to now.
1999 Jack Brolly/Room