Every song is about you
Sondre Lerche - Alle sanger handler om deg (“Every song is about you”)
Sondre makes his debut as a published author with Alle sanger handler om deg, an essay collection consisting of 23 passionate, witty and uniquely insightful love letters to the continuous act of finding oneself in music.
After sporadically publishing music essays in Norwegian dailies Dagbladet and Klassekampen, as well as for The Talkhouse in America, Sondre Lerche’s first book Alle sanger handler om deg comes out via renowned Norwegian publishing house Flamme Forlag on January 9th.
Each essay embraces a single artist or event, through which an autobiographical journey is made. From childhood to divorce, from Norway to New York to his current life in Los Angeles, Lerche chronicles how he has constantly found, lost and rediscovered himself through music.
Some of the profiles — A-ha, Fiona Apple, Prefab Sprout, Milton Nascimento, to name just a few — are woven deeply into Lerche’s own musical and personal fabric from adolescence, while other encounters and phenomenons (Beyoncé, St Vincent, Nils Frahm, Kygo) are approached with fresh perspectives and an emphatic outsider’s observant and curious gaze.
Lerche’s wit and heartfelt enthusiasm for popular music is contagious as he tackles the agony and ecstacy of the subjective nature of the music that touches people. According to him there is no guilty pleasure in music, only pleasure.
This remarkable debut essay-collection is a unique glimpse into the mind of a great musician who never stopped being a fan. Even as his musical passions along the way turn him into a globally acclaimed artist himself, his essays never lose sight of the constant flow of inspiration and companionship music keeps offering him.
Four of the essays in the book (Lana Del Rey, Kylie Minogue, Julia Holter, and Brian Eno & Karl Hyde) were adapted and developed from articles that were originally published in English.
Alle sanger handler om deg has already been selected by the jury that decides which books will be available in all Norwegian libraries in 2020 (Kulturrådets Innkjøpsordning).
An English translation of Alle sanger handler om deg is currently in the works.
Further info TBA.