Silver Jews' David Berman dies at 52


David Berman, whose band Purple Mountains was to be one of the headliners at Raleigh's Hopscotch Music Festival in September, has died. Last month Berman released the self-titled debut album under the Purple Mountains name via Drag City.

Berman had written in a post on the Drag City Records message board about his anger with his father, tobacco lobbyist, Richard Berman, from whom he was estranged. Berman's cause of death is not known at this time.

He was due to start a tour with his new project Purple Mountains on Saturday in NY. Below, find tweets from fellow musicians reacting to his passing, as well as a selection of his music. The band was formed in the New York City area (Hoboken, New Jersey), but Berman, Malkmus, and Nastanovich had all previously attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA together. During their twenty-year run, Silver Jews released six studio LPs, the final being 2008's Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea.

Berman and Silver Jews continued in fits and starts through 2008, releasing three well-received albums with a band that included his wife, Cassie Berman.

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Berman formed Silver Jews with Pavement's Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich in 1989.

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.

Berman also authored two books of poetry, Actual Air and The Portable February.

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