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.
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.
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
“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.
An Evening of Words and Music 2021
Tickets on sale now at jefflang.com.au/shows
Friday 12 The Royal Oak, Lanceston TAS
Saturday 13 Pub Rock Diner, Devonport TAS
Sunday 14 Longley International Hotel, Longley TAS
Saturday 3 BluesFest, Byron Bay NSW
Sunday 4 BluesFest, Byron Bay NSW
Friday 16 Trinity Sessions, Adelaide SA
Saturday 17 Three Brothers Arms, Macclesfield SA
Friday 23 The Music Lounge, Wollongong NSW
Saturday 24 The Street Theatre, Canberra ACT
Thursday 29 Goleby’s Basement, Ipswich QLD
Friday 30 Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay QLD
Saturday 1 The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi QLD
Sunday 2 The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
Friday 7 The Dust Temple, Currumbin QLD
Saturday 8 The Citadel, Murwillumbah NSW
Friday 14 The Barwon Club, Geelong VIC
Saturday 15 Meeniyan Hall, Meeniyan VIC
Sunday 16 Way Out West Roots Club, Newport VIC
Friday 21 The Vanguard, Newtown NSW
Saturday 22 Yarramalong Hall, Yarramalong NSW
Sunday 23 Dangar Island Bowlo, Dangar Island NSW
Friday 28 Tanks Centre, Cains QLD
Saturday 29 Townsville Folk Club @ The Bellevue Hotel, Townsville QLD
Friday 4 The Rhythm Hut, Gosford NSW
Saturday 5 Lizottes, Lambton NSW
Sunday 6 Bellingen Brewery, Bellingen NSW
Friday 11 Blue Mountains Community Theatre, Springwood NSW
Saturday 12 Upper Lansdowne Hall (2.30pm) Upper Lansdowne NSW
Saturday 12 Wauchope Arts Hall (7.00pm) Wauchope NSW
Sunday 13 The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton NSW
Friday 18 Freo Social, Fremantle WA
Saturday 19 The Vault, Kalamunda WA
Friday 25 Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC
Saturday 26 Palais Hepburn, Hepburn Springs VIC
Friday 2 Memo Music Hall, St Kilda VIC
Friday 9 Sounds Delicious, Huskisson NSW
Saturday 10 Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW