[American Boy and Girl] might not be what everyone wants to hear but I've made a commitment to express what's important to me. I'm not a pop songwriter. Sometimes I set things out there that are not okay and I must express them. It's an exorcism as well. I've been criticized for writing about themes not prevalent anymore....Writers listen to an artist and judge him in finite terms. If an artist sounds angry on one or two records, it doesn't mean he'll be angry in [the future]. At times I've tried to go along with someone else's game plan but I just couldn't do it. A&M has been good about letting me do what I want. Obviously it would like to see me sell more records but I won't get crazy trying to do it. Today's esoterica is tomorrow's commerciality."
Signed with A&M Records in July 1976.
Nick Carbone A&M Montreal Promotion, Jon L'Heuri Bass Clef Concert Promoter, Paul Hunks CHEZ-FM DJ, James Monaco A&M National Publicity, Garland Jeffreys, Brian Murphy CHEZ-FM M.D. and Steve Colwill CHEZ-DJ. Photo by Mathew Wyley
Garland Jeffreys at Toront's Massey Hall on May 30, 1978. Jim Monaco (A&M publicity director), Bob Mackowycz (Q 107) FM, Garland Jeffreys, Lee Silversides (A&M Ontario promotion), Doug Chappell (A&M director promotion & artist development). Photo by Matthew Wylie.
OFFICIAL PROMOTION BY A&M RECORDS
- Jeffreys LP Reflects His Own Integrity. Ed Harrison. Billboard, September 1, 1979.