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Judee Sill: A Brief Life, an Enduring Musical Impression

Tim Page, The Washington Post, 30 December 2006

ON THE DAY after Thanksgiving 1979, Judee Sill, a 35-year-old, deeply depressed and physically broken singer-songwriter, took an overdose of opiates and cocaine in her North Hollywood apartment. The Los Angeles coroner ruled Sill's death a suicide, but those who knew her better have always contended that the "note" found near her body – a meditation on rapture, the hereafter and the innate mystery of life – may just have been part of a diary entry or, perhaps, another one of her haunted, haunting songs beginning to take shape.

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