The Sound Cafe
Jeff Lang launches His Book 'Some Memories Never Die'
Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling and influential music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalogue of over 30 albums.
But with every well-credentialed artistic soul, evolving and diving into the unknown is a step that is never too far away and so in 2019 Jeff sat down and began to write what would become his first book.
Some Memories Never Die, a memoir of three decades on the road, memories of gigs where the pay was akin to blood money, reflections on how the road's twists and turns can be lightened by the presence of fellow traveller’s and occasionally darkened by them too, comes bundled with a 22 track album of Jeff Lang classics explicitly re-recorded for the book's release.
And to celebrate the book's release, Jeff will hit the highway for the An Evening of Words and Music tour commencing March 12 with each show combining music, a Q&A in-conversation.
Tickets for An Evening of Words and Music and copies of Some Memories Never Die are available now at jefflang.com.au
In an arrangement just finalized, Booktopia, Australia's leading online bookstore, have realized the potential of Jeff's book and entered into an arrangement to be the sole distributor to book shops around the country. So find it online, at gigs and your favourite book shop. If they don't have it, ask them to order it in.
"For Some Memories Never Die I wanted to connect recollections from the life I've lived to some of the songs I've made up along the way. I wasn't looking to write a linear autobiography, with my life's journey laid out in order of occurrence. More a series of stand-alone vignettes was what I had in mind. I wasn't sure exactly how a good many of these tales could be connected to the songs I intended to include, as I don't generally write autobiographical songs. But as I wrote down the varied reminiscences, certain stories seemed to go together and themes became apparent to me. Gradually it all seemed to find it's form, and Some Memories Never Die is the end result."
Jeff Lang's unique musical vision easily finds a home in myriad settings; from huge festivals like Glastonbury and Fuji Rock in Japan, to world renowned venues such as Sydney Opera House, but he's equally at home in intimate venues such as the The Ark in Ann Arbour, Michigan and the 12 Bar in London. Most importantly, Jeff Lang has achieved what is a rarity in the cluttered world of contemporary sounds: his own voice.