Dec 5, 2019
Fantastic overview of my career on the coolest site on the planet Please Kill Me. A deep dive and extra fun because it's a joint interview with Claire all about the past and future plans for the documentary. Thanks Robert Gourley! Check it out and let me know if ya learned anything!
The talented singer, songwriter and performer was friends and collaborators with both Lou Reed and John Cale before embarking on a solo career that has spanned more than four decades. Though the biracial Brooklyn native ended his live music career with some celebrated shows at the City Winery in NYC earlier this year, Jeffreys still has music on his mind. PKM spoke with both Garland and Claire Jeffreys, his wife, business manager and producer of an upcoming documentary film about his life and career.
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Apr 20, 2019
BIG NEWS: After more than fifty years of performing, I’ve decided to hang up my rock and roll shoes. There are a few more shows on the books in the next couple of months but after that it will be only the occasional guest spot or something in that vein. I’m not going to stop writing songs or recording. As you can imagine, it hasn’t been an easy decision since you know how much I love being on stage. I want to thank everyone for coming out to see me over all these years and for being there for me. More details to follow, I just wanted to let you know — Garland
Mar 18, 2019
Really looking forward to sharing a stage with another veteran performer. Much respect.
Jan 10, 2019
Nov 15, 2018
Look forward to seeing our nearest and dearest and their nearest and dearest for what The New Yorker called "the best rock and roll show of the year" at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. Savannah Jeffreys will be there, older and wiser and better than ever and there may even be a surprise very special guest! Tickets right here, get them now, they're going fast!
Oct 15, 2018
Loudon Wainwright III included my "Don't Call Me Buckwheat" in this The New York Times Op Ed article "Them’s Fightin’ Words: 10 Great Protest Songs" along with others that are part of our collective American hearts and minds. https://nyti.ms/2QHz0UA
“Don’t Call Me Buckwheat” This 1991 Garland Jeffreys song is the title track of an album about race that should be listened to all over again. Using rock 'n' roll, doo-wop, reggae and hip hop, Mr. Jeffreys digs into the personal pain and the injustice of America’s never-ending battle with itself. All the tracks are evocative, and they include “Color Line,” “Spanish Blood” and “I Was Afraid of Malcolm.”
Alongside "Little Boxes," "We Shall Overcome" and "America the Beautiful."
Sep 28, 2018
In the midst of this political madness it was great to attend the ESPN premiere of Basketball: A Love Story directed by the brilliant Dan Klores, a 20 hour 10-part film to airing once a week starting 10/9. The episode on Lenny Wilkins features my song "Don't Call Me Buckwheat" and is a unique take on racial identity and more. I can highly recommend this film to everyone, not just "basketball junkies!"
Jul 24, 2018
Jul 2, 2018
Thanks @ for this!
Happy 75th birthday to Garland Jeffreys - a true original, an absolute treasure of a songwriter, and an ASCAP member for 48 years. May you forever stay wild in the streets...
Younger generations of musicians have heard Jeffreys’ call. He’s been covered by everyone from LA punkers The Circle Jerks (who gave his song “Wild in the Streets” a hardcore makeover, turning it into an unofficial anthem of the skatepunk community) to neo-folk act Vetiver. And he continues to be a staple for TV and commercial placements. As but one example, a recent episode of 13 Reasons Why features both the Circle Jerks cover of “Wild in the Streets” and a raucous reinterpretation by the Peruvian-American psych-punk band Los Huaycos.
Wish Garland “Happy Birthday” in person at one of his upcoming shows in New York:
July 13 - The Iridium, NYC
August 3 - Indian Lake Theater, Indian Lake, NY
August 10 - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY
Read full article here.
May 16, 2018
Extremely honored to have sat for an interview for the Yale Oral History of American Music archives. Since its founding in 1969 at Yale University, Oral History of American Music (OHAM) has been dedicated to the collection and preservation of the voices of the major musical figures of our time. Thanks to Gregg Bendian for asking me and for being such a great interviewer, and for making me a part of a remarkable group including Duke Ellington - Verve Records, The Official Sonny Rollins Page, Pat Metheny, Philip Glass, Les Paul, Charles Mingus and so many more! Humbling.
Apr 12, 2018
"Still rocking at 74 years old, Jeffreys proved to be a first-class yet underrated artist who modestly lives in a legacy that is straining to be revealed to the masses."
Mar 28, 2018
Mar 8, 2018
Feb 12, 2018
In 1973, he released his first solo album, Garland Jeffreys, on Atlantic Records. Around the same time Atlantic also released a single, "Wild in the Streets," that was not included on the album. Jeffreys wrote the song after hearing about a pre-teen rape and murder in the Bronx. Dr. John played clavinet and helped arrange the song, with backing from guitarist David Spinozza, drummer Rick Marotta, the Brecker Brothers on horns and David Peel on background vocals. After the single's rerelease in 1977, the track received airplay on the progressive FM-album oriented rock radio stations, and became one of his best-known songs and something of an unofficial anthem for the skate community after the cover by The Circle Jerks was featured in the 1986 film Thrashin'. It has been covered by several artists, including:
Jan 31, 2018
Jan 11, 2018
Dec 11, 2017
Nov 30, 2017
Rolling Stone said about Abby in this episode - "Meanwhile, she and Paul start hiring live bands for the bar, represented here by Garland Jeffreys' savage cover of Question Mark and the Mysterians' 96 Tears in full face paint. (Eat your heart out, Vinyl.)"
And in UPROXX: What’s the significance of the band doing the “96 Tears” cover at the bar in the finale?
Pelecanos: It’s Garland Jeffreys. He was covering that song in the early 70s, and he’d sometimes performed it in blackface, though he’s half-black himself. When punk started in the ’70s, they were covering a lot of garage band songs in the ’60s that were punk before punk, and that was one of them. What we’re doing there is saying, “There’s something happening here, but it hasn’t been identified.”
Oct 23, 2017
Get out the vote and help me get a Grammy!
Deadline to get on the ballot for a nomination is 10/29.
A guy like me who's been at this for almost 50 years naturally would like more recognition for my work.
If you or anyone you know is a Grammy voter please share this post and help 14 Steps To Harlem get recognized. The Americana category is the best fit for my eclectic style. Competition is tough.
Players and studios: Brooklyn Recording, His House-Innsbruck studio, East Side Recording, James Maddock, Tom Curiano, Brian Stanley, Charles Roth, Mark Bosch, Brian Mitchell, Steve Goulding, Alan Freedman, Zev Katz, Ben Stivers,@Aaron Aaron Comess, Savannah Jeffreys, Cindy Mizelle, Laurie Anderson, Marc Urselli, Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound, Jimmy Harry. Thanks to everyone for an album I'm very proud of.
Oct 18, 2017
When I wrote "Schoolyard Blues" I had no idea that one day there would be a real live "six foot nine boy" in our lives — Joseph Kuo, who Savannah met at Wesleyan. This video was a blast to shoot, and Jesse Moritz did a fantastic job realizing Claire's idea. Some of it might be at my expense, but I dig the spirit and fun of it. Shot at Saint Nicholas Park in Harlem.