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AN EXCLUSIVE EVENING WITH JORMA KAUKONEN

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Gramercy Books

2424 East Main Street

Bexley, OH 43209

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Join the profoundly influential guitarist of the rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen, at Gramercy Books (2424 East Main Street, Bexley, OH), on Thursday, November 15th at 6:30 pm as he shares his beautifully-written memoir, Been So Long: My Life and Music, filled with tales of the road, the stage, and a life made of music.

Released August 28th, Been So Long: My Life and Music is the story of how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee found his place in the world of music and beyond. In this exclusive and intimate Gramercy Books Songwriter Spotlight program, Jorma will be interviewed by music devotee Alec Wightman. Alec’s Zeppelin Productions has promoted national act singer-songwriter concerts in Columbus since 1995 and he is a board member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he served as Chair from 2013 to 2016. He is also a partner in the national law firm, BakerHostetler.

The $30 price of admission includes a copy of Jorma’s new memoir Been So Long: My Life and Music (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99). Ticket holders can pick up their book in advance at Gramercy Books (2424 E. Main Street, Bexley, OH) or at the November 15th event. Please note that Gramercy Books will be closed to the public at 6:00 pm on November 15th due to this exclusive ticketed event. Seating is limited to sixty people.

From the man who made a name for himself as a founding member and lead guitarist of Jefferson Airplane comes a memoir that offers a rare glimpse into the heart and soul of a musical genius—and a vivid journey through the psychedelic era in America.

“Music is the reward for being alive,” writes Jorma Kaukonen in this candid and emotional account of his life and work. “It stirs memory in a singular way that is unmatched.” In a career that has already spanned a half century—one that has earned him induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors—Jorma is best known for his legendary bands Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. But before he won worldwide recognition he was just a young man with a passion and a dream.

The grandson of Finnish and Russian-Jewish immigrants whose formative years were spent abroad with his American-born diplomat father, Jorma channeled his life experiences—from his coming-of-age in Pakistan and the Philippines to his early gigs with Jack Casady in D.C. to his jam sessions in San Francisco with Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and other contemporaries—into his art in unique and revelatory ways. Been So Long: My Life and Music charts not only Jorma’s association with the bands that made him famous but goes into never-before-told details about his addiction and recovery, his troubled first marriage and still-thriving second, and more. Interspersed with diary entries, personal correspondence, and song lyrics, this memoir is as unforgettable and inspiring as Jorma’s music itself.

Jorma Kaukonen is one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock ‘n roll. He is the founding member and guitarist of Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna, and has recorded more than a dozen solo albums. He’s a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy nominee. Jorma and his wife, Vanessa, operate Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp, a center in Ohio for studying guitar and other instruments.

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