Jeff Lang, Some Memories Never Die: An Evening of Words and Music
Some Memories Never Die: An Evening of Words and Music 2021
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 travellers and occasionally darkened by them too, comes 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 with each show combining music, a Q&A. in-conversation.
In an arrangement just finalised, Booktopia, Australia's leading online bookstore, have realised the potential of Jeff's book and entered into an arrangement to be the sole distributor to book shops around the country.
"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 tome. 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.