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[[ Read Kindle ]] × Wilco: Learning How to Die õ The intimate story of one of the great American bands of our time, creators of the controversial masterpiece Yankee Hotel FoxtrotWhen alt country heroes turned rock iconoclasts Wilco handed in their fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, to the band s label, Reprise, a division of Warner Brothers, fans looked forward to the release of another challenging, genre bending departure from their previous work The band aimed to build on previous sales and critical acclaim with its boldest and most ambitious album yet, but was instead urged by skittish Reprise execs to make the record radio friendly When Wilco wouldn t give, they found themselves without a label Instead, they used the Internet to introduce the album to their fans, and eventually sold the record to Nonesuch, another division of Warner Wilco was vindicated when the album debuted at Noon the Billboard charts and posted the band s strongest sales to date Wilco Learning How to Die traces the band s story to its deepest origins in Southern Illinois, where Jeff Tweedy began growing into one of the best songwriters of his generation As we witness how his music grew from its punk and alt country origins, some of the key issues and questions in our culture are addressed How is music of substance created while the gulf between art and commerce widens in the corporate consolidation era How does the music industry make or break a hit How do working musicians reconcile the rewards of artistic risk with the toll it exacts on their personal life This book was written with the cooperation of Wilco band members past and present It is also fully up to date, covering the latest changes in personnel and the imminent release of the band s fifth album, A Ghost Is Born, sure to be one of the most talked about albums of I am a Wilco fan so it was a 5 for me If you are not a Wilco or Uncle Tupelo fan, then a 3.Kot is a very good rock critic He knows his stuff I have heard him on his Sound Opinions podcast many times.This book is mostly a mini biography on Tweedy up to 2004 Kot covers Farrar and the Uncle Tupelo years in good detail He covers Tweedy s transition to Wilco Kot does a great job describing the recording of AM, Being There, Mermaid Ave., Summerteeth and YHF but only briefly mentions A Ghost Is B I am a Wilco fan so it was a 5 for me If you are not a Wilco or Uncle Tupelo fan, then a 3.Kot is a very good rock critic He knows his stuff I have heard him on his Sound Opinions podcast many times.This book is mostly a mini biography on Tweedy up to 2004 Kot covers Farrar and the Uncle Tupelo years in good detail He covers Tweedy s transition to Wilco Kot does a great job describing the recording of AM, Being There, Mermaid Ave., Summerteeth and YHF but only briefly mentions A Ghost Is Born.Kot does a great job in describing the growth Tweedy s music goes through The evolution is impressive My experience was greatly enhanced by listening to the Uncle Tupelo and Wilco albums on Spotify while Kot described then.Lots of ink on band members including Bennett.I will say it is a must read for Tweedy fans Kot knows his music He just has to republish the book after covering the last 14 years Wilco is one of the most important yet understated bands of our time This book is a great overview of frontman Jeff Tweedy s career, starting way back in his junior high days, coming up through Uncle Tupelo, Loose Fur, Wilco, etc etc You learn so much about Tweedy, from his favorite music to his lifetime struggles with migraines and depression to his personal philosophy about the creation of music Author Greg Kot s many hats as a journalist, Wilco fan, Chicagoan, and music critic all blend to Wilco is one of the most important yet understated bands of our time This book is a great overview of frontman Jeff Tweedy s career, starting way back in his junior high days, coming up through Uncle Tupelo, Loose Fur, Wilco, etc etc You learn so much about Tweedy, from his favorite music to his lifetime struggles with migraines and depression to his personal philosophy about the creation of music Author Greg Kot s many hats as a journalist, Wilco fan, Chicagoan, and music critic all blend together to create a great narrative that is part history of the band, part making of the albums, and part rock critic description of the music Being extremely familiar with Wilco, this worked perfectly for me I m not sure how people who are looking for a typical band biography would handle this, as it references the music and even a documentary about the band I Am Trying To Break Your Heart extensively and makes a certain amount of assumptions about the reader s familiarity with the Wilco catalog Still, it is possible to read this book without being a Wilco superfan but like any book about a band, you getout of it if you are already familiar with the music.My one regret about this book is it ends in 2004, just after Pat Sansone and Nels Cline joined the band, just after Tweedy entered rehab, and just before A Ghost Is Born really made its mark on the world My hope is that a few albums down the line, Kot will write an updated edition of this book So much has happened to the band since this book left off, which gives it a very To Be Continued feel Sky Blue Sky 2007 is already a radical departure from A Ghost Is Born, and with the way Wilco is constantly reinventing itself and its music, there remains plenty to be said and explored Wilco is one of the most important yet understated bands of our time This book is a great overview of frontman Jeff Tweedy s career, starting way back in his junior high days, coming up through Uncle Tupelo, Loose Fur, Wilco, etc etc You learn so much about Tweedy, from his favorite music to his lifetime struggles with migraines and depression to his personal philosophy about the creation of music Author Greg Kot s many hats as a journalist, Wilco fan, Chicagoan, and music critic all blend to Wilco is one of the most important yet understated bands of our time This book is a great overview of frontman Jeff Tweedy s career, starting way back in his junior high days, coming up through Uncle Tupelo, Loose Fur, Wilco, etc etc You learn so much about Tweedy, from his favorite music to his lifetime struggles with migraines and depression to his personal philosophy about the creation of music Author Greg Kot s many hats as a journalist, Wilco fan, Chicagoan, and music critic all blend together to create a great narrative that is part history of the band, part making of the albums, and part rock critic description of the music Being extremely familiar with Wilco, this worked perfectly for me I m not sure how people who are looking for a typical band biography would handle this, as it references the music and even a documentary about the band I Am Trying To Break Your Heart extensively and makes a certain amount of assumptions about the reader s familiarity with the Wilco catalog Still, it is possible to read this book without being a Wilco superfan but like any book about a band, you getout of it if you are already familiar with the music.My one regret about this book is it ends in 2004, just after Pat Sansone and Nels Cline joined the band, just after Tweedy entered rehab, and just before A Ghost Is Born really made its mark on the world My hope is that a few albums down the line, Kot will write an updated edition of this book So much has happened to the band since this book left off, which gives it a very To Be Continued feel Sky Blue Sky 2007 is already a radical departure from A Ghost Is Born, and with the way Wilco is constantly reinventing itself and its music, there remains plenty to be said and explored I have heard stories that some of Kot s methods for getting interviews from people like Jay Farrar weren t exactly on the up and up he reportedly told Farrar he was writing a book on the early alt country scene instead of one about his ex bandmate s highly successful band Interesting also that Brian Henneman and even Jeff Tweedy himself were pretty down on Kot and the final product Still a very good book, though feels a tad bit padded towards the end The Warner Bros Yankee Hotel Foxtrot i I have heard stories that some of Kot s methods for getting interviews from people like Jay Farrar weren t exactly on the up and up he reportedly told Farrar he was writing a book on the early alt country scene instead of one about his ex bandmate s highly successful band Interesting also that Brian Henneman and even Jeff Tweedy himself were pretty down on Kot and the final product Still a very good book, though feels a tad bit padded towards the end The Warner Bros Yankee Hotel Foxtrot incident always comes off asinteresting to Kot and other journalists than fans or even Tweedy If you ve seen the Sam Jones doc, there s not a lot new here in regards to that story, but Kot spends a good chunk of time on it anyway However, the stuff on Uncle Tupelo and the rough transition to Wilco is all gold, with lots of telling quotes about Tweedy s personality from Jay Farrar, Jay Bennett, Ken Coomer, John Stirratt and even his wife, Sue Miller All in all though, a very quick and informative read and I do give Kot credit for getting nearly everyone in Tweedy s musical and personal life on the record even if he sometimes did it through less than ethical means , even if his prose is a bit wet at times Would like to see this book get an update in another five years or so to address Bennett s death and the creation of therecent albums especially A Ghost Is Born, which got short shrift here compared to the other albums, probably because it was just coming out as Kot s book was being published Would also be nice to see an unbiased account of the early years of Uncle Tupelo i.e one without the narrative of Tweedy eventually triumphing over Farrar