Jeff has found the time lately to film a few readings of excerpts of various chapters from “Some Memories Never Die” – click on the link to see the first of five weekly video releases.
Liz Stringer wrote a lovely review of the book on her Facebook page:
“His writing is like his conversation; erudite, descriptive and laced with a healthy element of self-deprecation and smart-arsery. It’s a ripper and a vital addition to the documentation of Australia’s music history. Music fans will go nuts for it, as I have. Ten stars out of five.
Anyone who wants to grab a copy can do so via the store, or via Jeff’s bandcamp page.
Jeff is also posting an in-depth video exploration of his live rig for his Patreon subscribers this week as well. Anyone who wants to check out what’s going on over there can do so at https://www.patreon.com/jefflangmusic
Jeff is very excited to be hitting the road for a show in NSW in January. It’s been way too long between gigs so make sure you book early for this one!
Tickets on sale now at jefflang.com.au/shows.
This is Jeff Lang’s guide to the often hilarious life of a jobbing musician. He lived these tales so you can laugh in comfort.” – Don Walker
“Jeff’s passion surges like an ocean, his humour glides through the torrent like a catamaran: Manned by a grinning feline. Please catch a ride.” – Tim Rogers
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 and an ‘in-conversation’. In selected locations, early ticket buyers will have the chance to register for a free workshop that Jeff will be hosting for limited numbers, where he will discuss his songcraft, his influences, guitar techniques and a glimpse into the wizardry behind his sonic palette. Participating shows are marked with an * HERE
The book itself can be experienced in a few ways.
For the traditionalist, the book in its physical form can be purchased by visiting HERE.
For those who want to read it as an eBook, it’s available HERE.
And then there’s the Audiobook version. Read mostly by myself with a few special guest cameos and each chapter scored especially for the Audiobook listener, it’s a different way to experience Some Memories Never Die, and as with the book I put a lot into it so it will hopefully reward you should you choose to go with that option. It’s available HERE.
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. 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.
Tickets on sale now at jefflang.com.au/shows.
Jeff Lang’s new book Some Memories Never Die is here!
“This is Jeff Lang’s guide to the often hilarious life of a jobbing musician. He lived these tales so you can laugh in comfort.” Don Walker
Jeff reckons his memory is like a sieve, “…yet some things just stick.”
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, occasionally darkened by them too.
Musings on recording, songwriting, and touring around.
A journey kicked off by falling in love with sound.
The hunt for a tone that turns your head.
The late-night mind-fog in some far-flung bed.
Glad encounters and sad goodbyes.
Some memories never die.
“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.
“I decided to re-record all 22 songs that are included in the book’s text, and they come free via a download code, which is printed on a bookmark included with each copy.
“I’ll be hitting the road during 2020 to bring the book to everyone, but in the mean-time, please do pick up a copy via the link here. Hope you enjoy it.” Jeff Lang, March 2020.
“Jeff’s passion surges like an ocean, his humour glides through the torrent like a catamaran: Manned by a grinning feline. Please catch a ride.” Tim Rogers
Jeff is kicking off 2020 with a host of of very interesting shows across the country.
Starting with a venture to areas of WA he hasn’t been to in many years such as Margaret River Scarborough, Jeff then heads to a benefit show at the tiny NSW country town of Captains Flat which was besieged by fire for weeks.
For the second year in a row, Jeff has also been invited to headline the Summer Festival of Lord Howe Island and he heads straight to Lennox heads after that to celebrate the 50th incarnation of the Lennox Sessions. This is a mini festival featuring some superb artists – and good friends of Jeff’s – with proceeds going to Support Act.
Later in February, Jeff is exited to be on of the headline artists at Agnes Blues Festival and March see him head to Port Fairy Folk Festival for some shows with his drumming cohort Danny McKenna.
Jeff will be continuing to release archive treasures to subscribers to his Patreon page. Check it out here if you haven’t visited yet – there’s some extraordinary music, footage and photos available there.
Check out the shows below if Jeff is coming to your area!
Wednesday 15 Jan
Kidogo Arts Hall
Thursday 16 Jan
Prince of Wales
Friday 17 Jan
Saturday 18 Jan
Margaret River WA
Sat 25 January
Raise The Fun Festival (Fire Benefit)
Captains Flat NSW
26 – 31 January
Lord Howe Summer Festival
Lord Howe Island NSW
Saturday 1 February
Lennox Sessions is 50
Lennox Head NSW
Saturday 21 February
Agnes Blues & Roots festival
Agnes Water QLD
6 – 8 March
Port Fairy Folk Festival
Port Fairy VIC
He’s also very excited to be invited back to the Block Heater Festival in Calgary to perform as part of a stellar line up including Pokey LaFarge and the Handsome Family among many others.
Monday 18 February
Flying Steam Shovel
Rossland, BC Canada
Wednesday 20 February
Station on Jasper
Edmonton, AB Canada
Friday 22 February
St James Hall
Vancouver BC Canada
Saturday 23 February
Block Heater Festival
Calgary BC Canada
Tuesday 26 February
Toronto ON Canada