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Kevin Ayers: August 16th 2013 Deià

Kevin Ayers: August 16th 2013 Deià

Happy Summer Solstice! Susan’s book is now available worldwide from Amazon:

If your countries Amazon is not listed here, you can search by the ASIN, just go to your Amazon and search for 1495220745.

August 16th, 2013: fans of Kevin Ayers gathered in Deià to celebrate Kevin’s life and music with his family and friends. In this book Susan Lomas captures the atmosphere of the celebration in words and pictures. The weekend in Deià also sparked a quest to find out more about Kevin by talking to to his friends and visiting other places where he lived.

Susan says,

“My aim in writing this short book is to capture a moment in time and to keep the creative spirit of Kevin Ayers in the hearts and minds of music lovers for years to come. It’s not a biography, but rather a starting point for anybody who wants to know a little more about Kevin Ayers, his music and Deià. I have included descriptions of my visits to Montaulieu and Montolieu too.

How can I sum up Kevin Ayers? A career spanning forty-five years, the first Soft Machine album, fifteen solo studio albums, sessions for the BBC, several official live albums and of course many more bootleg recordings. Dozens of singles releases and compilation albums with previously unreleased tracks as extras. If one counts ten songs on each solo album, even allowing for Kevin’s habit of re-working tunes, that’s way more than one hundred original songs in his repertoire. A charismatic live performer with a distinctive voice, which matured beautifully, like a fine red wine. Recording contracts with Harvest, Island and Virgin, to name a few companies.

If you simply took the lyrics of Kevin’s songs and published them as a book of poetry it would be an outstanding achievement, full of emotion, wit and wisdom. The fact that these ideas became songs and arrangements which inspired outstanding performances from his musical collaborators needs to be celebrated.

Why isn’t Kevin Ayers as well known as his friend and management company stable-mate from the 1970s, Sir Elton John? No disrespect to Elton, but Kevin wrote the lyrics AND dreamed up the music. I urge you to listen to Kevin’s songs, read his interviews and do what Kevin would want you to do… figure it out for yourself! If you have any time left over to read my little book then I would be delighted.”

Susan’s book is now available as a paperback with beautiful colour photographs and will be available in Kindle format later this week.

6 comments… add one
  • John Beisner July 21, 2014, 7:16 pm

    Just ordered this from Amazon & am really looking forward to receiving it. Thanks for writing it.

  • Rick July 21, 2014, 8:00 pm

    That’s great John. Please leave a review on Amazon if you like it 🙂

  • John Beisner July 24, 2014, 1:50 am
  • athan nistal July 30, 2014, 2:59 pm

    just received susan’s book; starting to read it now. good luck with the book. the first time I saw kevin was when I went to see soft machine opening up for the jimi hendrix experience on march 9, 1968. It was at stoney brook university , n.y. on long island. I have been a fan ever since (kevin/robert/soft machine). he will be missed.

  • David September 1, 2014, 2:35 pm

    I received the book just before summer holidays and reading it brought a lot of nice memories from those days in Majorca.
    I just wanted to add a comment to clear up something mentioned on the book. It was me and my wife who actually left those sunflowers on Kevin’s plaque. On the 17th we were visiting Palma and we wanted to return to Deià again in the evening to visit the graveyard. We saw a flower shop when we were almost leaving Palma and, inspired by Galen’s eulogy, we bought two sunflowers for Kevin and Ollie.
    Thanks for the blog and for the book.
    David

    • Susan Lomas September 2, 2014, 7:24 am

      Cheers David! Now I know that you read every word in my book. Well done! It’s strange isn’t it, I assumed, because Galen had told the sunflower stories in her eulogy that it was she who had placed them on the grave. Now we can be pretty sure that the flowers we saw and photographed were your ones.

      Fortunately the way I publish my books means that the files can be updated whenever I decide to make a new edition. So it will be nice to put a footnote in for the next edition. I will probably wait a few months and see if any other readers have something to add before I edit the text again. Funnily enough when I was talking to Tomás Graves about his book “Tuning up at Dawn” he said that after he had published it various people had things to add or said to him “it wasn’t quite like that”. I’m really pleased that you enjoyed the book and got in touch to leave your comment. 😉

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