Kevin Ayers released a stunning volume of work over the years and this website aims to celebrate his songwriting talent, recordings and performances. It’s also a place for people to share their memories of Kevin whether they are fellow musicians, family, friends and fans (or all of the above!). Our aim is to preserve Kevin’s legacy for future generations of music fans and we welcome well-written contributions and reviews from all individuals. Hopefully along the way we will get to discover and hear some Kevin Ayers music that we didn’t even know existed!
We began writing this blog at the end of July 2013 and shortly afterwards we went to Kevin’s memorial event in Deià, Mallorca, which was held on the 16th August 2013, which would have been Kevin’s 69th birthday. We were privileged to meet Kevin’s daughters, Galen and Rachel, as well as a number of Kevin’s musician friends. After that we travelled to some of Kevin’s favourite places in France, including Montaulieu in the Rhône Alpes and Montolieu in Languedoc-Roussillon, where we had some interesting encounters.
In 2014 Susan published a book about Kevin’s memorial celebration and her continuing interest in all things “Ayersian” entitled ‘Kevin Ayers : August 16th 2013, Deià’. Like this website, it is a good place to start if you are curious about Kevin Ayers, his friends and the places where he lived. The book also contains handy travel information for anybody making the trip to Deià. It is available via Amazon.
Kevin Ayers’ legacy continues to flourish. In 2019 Faber Music published ‘Shooting At The Moon: The Collected Lyrics of Kevin Ayers’, which contains the lyrics of all of Kevin’s songs plus photos and other memorabilia. The anthology was curated by Kevin’s daughter, Galen Ayers. You can read our review of it in our ‘Memorabilia’ section.
We also like to keep our followers up to date with re-releases of Kevin’s material, such as the Warner Music Group ‘Original Album Series’ box set, and other reissues or rarities. From time to time generous fans send us unofficial recordings of Kevin’s concerts which we can make available via a sign-up system for educational purposes only, with no financial profit.
We hope that you enjoy browsing through this website and we look forward to hearing from you if you have questions to ask or memories to share.