Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. (2020)

Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. Jeff Tweedy Let s Go So We Can Get Back A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco Etc A Pitchfork Pick Best Music Books of The singer guitarist and songwriter best known for his work with Wilco opens up about his past his songs the music and the people that have inspired him
  • Title: Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.
  • Author: Jeff Tweedy
  • ISBN: 071726348510474091167040911670391534187201409116702004091167011019852671397811019852671320184091167040911670153418720140911670409116703409116708827134334845727440911670340911670
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. Jeff Tweedy A Pitchfork Pick Best Music Books of 2018 The singer, guitarist, and songwriter best known for his work with Wilco opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people that have inspired him.Few bands have inspired as much devotion as the Chicago rock band Wilco, and it s thanks, in large part, to the band s singer, songwriter, and guiding light Jeff Tweedy Bu A Pitchfork Pick Best Music Books of 2018 The singer, guitarist, and songwriter best known for his work with Wilco opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people that have inspired him.Few bands have inspired as much devotion as the Chicago rock band Wilco, and it s thanks, in large part, to the band s singer, songwriter, and guiding light Jeff Tweedy But while his songs and music have been endlessly discussed and analyzed, Jeff has rarely talked so directly about himself, his life, and his artistic process.Until now In his long awaited memoir, Jeff will tell stories about his childhood in Belleville, Illinois the St Louis record store, rock clubs, and live music circuit that sparked his songwriting and performing career and the Chicago scene that brought it all together He ll also talk in depth about his collaborators in Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and and write lovingly about his parents, wife Susie, and sons, Spencer and Sammy Honest, funny, and disarming, Tweedy s memoir will bring readers inside both his life and his musical process, illuminating his singular genius and sharing his story, voice, and perspective for the first time Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 303 pages Published November 13th 2018 by Dutton More Details Original Title Let s Go So We Can Get Back A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc ASIN B07BPP1T72 Other Editions 7 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Lets Go So We Can Get Back , please sign up

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Lists with This Book Ask HN Books you read in 2018 60 books 3 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 15, 2018 Rebecca Heneghan rated it really liked it It s not often my husband reads a book and hands it to me saying, this book says things about myself in ways that I could never explain I was intrigued I like Wilco and Jeff TweedyWell, Jeff Tweedy can write This a a beautifully written book about how his life turned out so far flaws and all This is a passage that I think speaks to my husband and all musicians Note, the guitar is not my thing Learning how to play the guitar is the one thing I always look back on with wonderment It s not often my husband reads a book and hands it to me saying, this book says things about myself in ways that I could never explain I was intrigued I like Wilco and Jeff TweedyWell, Jeff Tweedy can write This a a beautifully written book about how his life turned out so far flaws and all This is a passage that I think speaks to my husband and all musicians Note, the guitar is not my thing Learning how to play the guitar is the one thing I always look back on with wonderment I m reminded of What ifs every time I pick up a guitar Where would I be I have sort of a survivor s gilt about it that makes me want it for everyone Not the guitar exactly, but something like it for everybody Something that would love them back the they love it Something that would remind them of how far they ve come and provide clear evidence that the future is always unfolding toward some small treasure worth waiting for As my husband sits in his office with his guitar, I guess this book does make me get it The odd part is that I think books are my guitar, so in a weird way Jeff Tweedy connected an understanding in each of us flag 21 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 14, 2018 Jay Gabler rated it it was amazing Self aware even about his self awareness, Jeff Tweedy seemed like he might be either the worst or the best guy to write a memoir In fact, the answer is much closer to the latter Like a Wilco song, Let s Go So We Can Get Back breezes past, but is full of moments of acute insight, wry humor, and surprising poignancy As music memoirs go, this is just the kind of book a lot of fans are looking for neither a comprehensive catalog or an indulgent ramble, at a very reasonable 292 pages, Let s Go Self aware even about his self awareness, Jeff Tweedy seemed like he might be either the worst or the best guy to write a memoir In fact, the answer is much closer to the latter Like a Wilco song, Let s Go So We Can Get Back breezes past, but is full of moments of acute insight, wry humor, and surprising poignancy As music memoirs go, this is just the kind of book a lot of fans are looking for neither a comprehensive catalog or an indulgent ramble, at a very reasonable 292 pages, Let s Go has only the parts you want.I reviewed Let s Go So We Can Get Back for The Current flag 11 likesLike see review Nov 14, 2018 natalie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Everyone who knows me knows that I hate Wilco with the passion of thousand burning suns or whatever the expression That s because I once loved them with the same passion There it is on page 197 Jeff acknowledges us Those who loved Jay Bennett s Wilco Even before I got to that passage, I had already fallen in love with this book Jeff is genuinely likable, thoughtful, funny, and charming I can relate to how he thinks about life I m sorry that I can t listen to Wilco any This book wo Everyone who knows me knows that I hate Wilco with the passion of thousand burning suns or whatever the expression That s because I once loved them with the same passion There it is on page 197 Jeff acknowledges us Those who loved Jay Bennett s Wilco Even before I got to that passage, I had already fallen in love with this book Jeff is genuinely likable, thoughtful, funny, and charming I can relate to how he thinks about life I m sorry that I can t listen to Wilco any This book won t change that But I will give the new solo album a listen Thanks for writing this, Jeff flag 12 likesLike see review Nov 09, 2018 Elizabeth Amilkavich rated it it was amazing Total babe badass cool dude I already knew Jeff was a great songwriter, and reading his memoir has let me appreciate his talents as a writer in long form as well He s funny and cynical yet accessible Liked the book an awful lot and will always love Wilco flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Jane rated it it was amazing Shelves memoir, rock etc, audio In my opinion, this should win a prize for best memoir of 2018 No, I haven t read them all but this is a wonderful book Jeff Tweedy, for those who don t know, is a musician and lead singer of a couple of different bands, most notably Uncle Tupelo and Wilco I know his name because of a Dylan cover on the soundtrack for the Todd Haynes movie about Dylan, I m Not There, but have never really got to know Wilco s music I heard Tweedy interviewed and was so taken with him that I got the book A ha In my opinion, this should win a prize for best memoir of 2018 No, I haven t read them all but this is a wonderful book Jeff Tweedy, for those who don t know, is a musician and lead singer of a couple of different bands, most notably Uncle Tupelo and Wilco I know his name because of a Dylan cover on the soundtrack for the Todd Haynes movie about Dylan, I m Not There, but have never really got to know Wilco s music I heard Tweedy interviewed and was so taken with him that I got the book A happy choice and the audio version is especially good, as narrated by himself.The story Tweedy has to tell is honest, funny, sad, revealing what is it like to be a rock musician, what is it like to make a record in a recording studio , thoughtful and insightful about being creative, navigating a potentially rejecting world, dealing with demons and your very own self, in all its complexity I a woman, older, not a musician, not mid western have little in common with Jeff Tweedy, but so much of what he rights is so fundamentally true that I saw myself again and again we were both weepy kids, is just one example that knocked me over with recognition, and understanding as he explored that aspect of himself.Jeff Tweedy is not the biggest rock star in the world, but he is and has been for decades a working musician, singer, lyricist He has had serious troubles with drugs and illness He has been blessed with good parents, a wife and two sons They are all interesting characters in their own right And this maybe is a spoiler it came as a surprise to me one of the most unusual and effective aspects of the audio book was the participation of Jeff s wife Susie and elder son, Spenser, in the narrative This was seamlessly done and there was something so gratifying, so real, so joyful almost.Having finished the book, I now turn to getting to know the music of Wilco and related projects Because a guy this bright and devoted to his craft will not, I think, disappoint me musically flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 24, 2018 Richard Noggle rated it really liked it As a Wilco fanatic, y all are lucky I don t give this eleven stars Tweedy s early chapters seem to struggle a bit to find the right voice it s a little aggressively quirky early on , but once he finds his groove the book is a very satisfying and often moving look into the big picture issues that fans want to know about namely, the fallings out with Jay Farrar and Jay Bennett and Jeff s own opioid addiction I d have liked a bit focus on the specifics of making each album and a few As a Wilco fanatic, y all are lucky I don t give this eleven stars Tweedy s early chapters seem to struggle a bit to find the right voice it s a little aggressively quirky early on , but once he finds his groove the book is a very satisfying and often moving look into the big picture issues that fans want to know about namely, the fallings out with Jay Farrar and Jay Bennett and Jeff s own opioid addiction I d have liked a bit focus on the specifics of making each album and a few anecdotes of life on the road like the great story about the time Tupelo ends up headlining a show for Johnny Cash , but it s a solid rock memoir for fans flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Claudio Ruiz rated it really liked it Muy para hardcore fans de Tweedy Wilco, pero disfrut mucho leer a un tipo del que he aprendido tanto con canciones Obviamente habla de m sica, de su curiosa adicci n a los calmantes y de, en el fondo, c mo es esto de convertirse en adulto exponiendo todas sus heridas en canciones flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 16, 2018 Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves music writing This entertaining book will appeal most to Wilco s many fans Tweedy is a charmer Whether his readership extends beyond the band s fanbase will depend on how far reaching is Tweedy s fame, for what s redoubtable in the comments below is how the oeuvre carries dissent within two generations of Tweedy fans a not un Johnny Cash like career, name checked within, and a possible analogue, especially for those of us who followed Uncle Tupelo and were surprised at how profitably Tweedy exe This entertaining book will appeal most to Wilco s many fans Tweedy is a charmer Whether his readership extends beyond the band s fanbase will depend on how far reaching is Tweedy s fame, for what s redoubtable in the comments below is how the oeuvre carries dissent within two generations of Tweedy fans a not un Johnny Cash like career, name checked within, and a possible analogue, especially for those of us who followed Uncle Tupelo and were surprised at how profitably Tweedy exemplified Alternaland the nineties culture of post punk music and semi popular media culture that has a whole other set of demographic coordinates, as well At least two anecdotes here puzzle out Wilco s fame Early in the book, Tweedy takes his entire family out to dinner during a 2005 home return to see his folks in Belleville, Illinois, on a weekend that happens to be, in Belleville, that of his 20th high school class reunion Putatively Tweedy is telling us this to show that he never writes songs as revenge for how ill regarded he was in school but something else is going on When two women from his high school class approach the Tweedys table, it takes the memoirist a moment for the scales to fall from his eyes to recognize wealthier high school classmates with whom he didn t run, who are nonetheless sorry to hear that Tweedy has no plans to attend the reunion Tweedy is less remorseful about this than his interlocutors I needed to catch up with her like I needed to sit down with Madonna and reminisce about all the times I watched the Lucky Star video on MTV as a teen Next comes an Alternaland face off One of the women asks Tweedy if he s still in that little band he d been in after high school this, to be sure, is Uncle Tupelo, started when Tweedy was still in his teens to which, Tweedy assures her, in dry understatement, that he still is Just then, however, his idealized son, the drummer Spencer Tweedy, curtly informs the woman papa has recently received a Grammy award for that little band he s in Wilco Now isn t that neat, the woman parries The memoirist savors this bit of what he calls midwestern sarcasm Midwestern sarcasm plays it straight and makes you listen closely You have to treat every conversation like a safecracker Unless your ears are trained to hear it, you ll miss the hint of a minor key Sometimes you don t realize what s happened until hours later, when it s 3 00 am and you re half asleep, and suddenly it hits you Aw crap, they didn t mean any of that, did they Tweedy goes on Midwestern sarcasm becomes even deadly when it s combined with small town isolationism These women had been cheerleaders in high school, not indie rock aficionados, and Wilco isn t exactly a household name No, however, American Popular Culture is a big wave, and many a small midwestern boat made from a pop corn bucket washed up on the tide sails like a jolly tidy ship at sea From a pocket of isolationism, Tweedy understood there was a culture, and a market for his band s work Tweedy Farrar were signed by Joe McEwan at Warner Sire, and Tweedy survived McEwan s tenure there, at first, it seems, by buying back the masters on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot from the company and then putting it out on Nonesuch, where it was a career top seller for Wilco Another instance of understanding where one is located, of knowing your value, like our media pundits say Tweedy is reluctant even in this memoir to say much about business, business is good, why jinx it But he does talk about his songwriting collaborators, Jay Farrar and Jay Bennett Bennett was the Steve Gaines in Tweedy s Wilco mix, who became and integral to what they were doing until Tweedy had difficulty recognizing it any as his Farrar, Tweedy s original co conspirator of Uncle Tupelo, comes from a St Louis musical family, and had nowhere near, so it seems, Tweedy s appetite for success Tweedy needed to escape it, to Chicago, where his love was a very together music world person herself, for his charm and his vision of a musical community to become reality Sometimes, among hipsters, it can be difficult to imagine the necessity community consists in Tweedy is a player Amazing to those of us who knew the twenty four year old, but gratifying too In the other anecdote I was saying puzzles his fame, Tweedy is in rehab, trying to get a handle on his painkiller addiction A floor mate hears the singing guitar player author and assures him that he has something special Tweedy shows how this guy had no idea that Tweedy was a professional musician but that s what Tweedy is a professional musician flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Ron S rated it really liked it Shelves musicians, music, music industry, autobiography A funny, charming, self aware look back by the Wilco front man, from growing up in SW Illinois to present day You really needn t be a fan of Uncle Tupelo, Wilco in any of its configurations, or have even heard of Jeff Tweedy to enjoy this book although of course that would help Read it if you enjoy memoirs by interesting people with the ability to tell a good story well I ll admit that I ve seen him in concert probably a dozen times, but not for almost two decades, and haven t engaged with A funny, charming, self aware look back by the Wilco front man, from growing up in SW Illinois to present day You really needn t be a fan of Uncle Tupelo, Wilco in any of its configurations, or have even heard of Jeff Tweedy to enjoy this book although of course that would help Read it if you enjoy memoirs by interesting people with the ability to tell a good story well I ll admit that I ve seen him in concert probably a dozen times, but not for almost two decades, and haven t engaged with his music since Mermaid Avenue Vol II was released in 2000 Doesn t matter it s a great read flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Dan rated it it was amazing Shelves non fiction, audio book, read in 2018 I m a somewhat educated, nearly middle aged white guy who loves Wilco s music Despite these characteristics I ve still not managed to see Wilco live, however I have just finished this book and can say it s a near perfect rock bio memoir flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 09, 2019 Jenny rated it really liked it This is probably the best memoir I ve ever read It was funny and sincere Jeff Tweedy told an awesome story here and answered the questions many fans have on their minds He put his life and struggles out there, so readers could relate I d probably read this again and would definitely recommend it flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 David rated it it was amazing Approachable, articulate, funny, and poignant flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Angie and the Daily Book Dose rated it it was amazing review of another edition AMAZING I need some time to process My vote for best non fiction book I ve read in 2018 flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Jessica Mistak rated it it was amazing I adored this book As a fan of Wilco I wasn t sure if I would want to read this Sometimes the less I know about an artist I enjoy the better This book paints such a vivid picture Tweedy is very self aware of his role during various periods of his career flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Kerry rated it it was amazing Shelves read in 2018 I didn t want this book to end It s so special, so perfect I mean, I ve been a Wilco fan from the beginning so I expected this book would be FOR ME, but what I didn t expect was how hilarious, touching, honest, sincere, and profound Jeff Tweedy would be in telling his story, and in tandem, Wilco s story I always know a book is excellent when I can t stop myself from reading passages aloud to my husband I do it because I NEED TO SHARE THE BRILLIANCE IMMEDIATELY I read a lot of passages aloud I didn t want this book to end It s so special, so perfect I mean, I ve been a Wilco fan from the beginning so I expected this book would be FOR ME, but what I didn t expect was how hilarious, touching, honest, sincere, and profound Jeff Tweedy would be in telling his story, and in tandem, Wilco s story I always know a book is excellent when I can t stop myself from reading passages aloud to my husband I do it because I NEED TO SHARE THE BRILLIANCE IMMEDIATELY I read a lot of passages aloud from this book I was so impressed throughout by Jeff s writing style, humor, and candor There is heavy stuff in here And light stuff And love And music I wish I could read it again for the first time flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Tammy Parks rated it really liked it I m a huge Wilco fan, so I was eager to read Jeff Tweedy s memoir I knew I would like this book, but I didn t expect to love it so much Jeff doesn t shy away from discussing the negative aspects of his personality, but he also comes across as being incredibly funny, warm, caring, and generally a nice guy I was moved to tears several times while reading this book, something I ve never experienced while reading an autobiography If you re a fan, I highly recommend reading this book flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Eric Gilliland rated it it was amazing Jeff Tweedy, founding member of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco, has penned a moving memoir about the creative life, family, and the Midwest Tweedy s tone frequently shifts between playful humor to heavy going meditations on how confusing and painful life can be Let s Go also plays with the form of one of the hackneyed genre of books, the rock memoir Tweedy is self deprecating and insightful on the evolution of music over the past decades.Tweedy s reminisces of growing up in Belleville, Illinois, ab Jeff Tweedy, founding member of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco, has penned a moving memoir about the creative life, family, and the Midwest Tweedy s tone frequently shifts between playful humor to heavy going meditations on how confusing and painful life can be Let s Go also plays with the form of one of the hackneyed genre of books, the rock memoir Tweedy is self deprecating and insightful on the evolution of music over the past decades.Tweedy s reminisces of growing up in Belleville, Illinois, about 30 miles west of St Louis, are a highlight He avoids the wistful nostalgia of Jean Sheperd, but gives a realistic portrait of a region in decline in the 1970s In reality it was pretty depressing Depressing and depressed in all of the familiar ways common to dying Midwest manufacturing hubs a lot of old empty buildings and a lot of occupied bar stools 1.His father worked for the railroad, while his Mom was an interior designer Jeff s siblings were much older so he grew up as an only child Tweedy formed a close bond with his Mom because his Dad worked long hours, a functional alcoholic who drank a 12 pack of beer every night to relieve the monotony of his work Despite the slightly dysfunctional household both parents supported Jeff in his pursuit of music.In High School, Tweedy befriended classmate Jay Farrar, with whom he shared a passion for punk records Farrar came from a musical family and served as a sort of mentor to Tweedy even though they were same age, encouraging him write his own songs Uncle Tupelo would record four albums from 1989 1993 and gain critical attention as the alt country band As Tweedy s confidence as a singer and songwriter grew, the partnership frayed and ended in 1994 Farrar would start his own band Son Volt Tweedy formed Wilco out of desperation, uncertain if he could lead a band, but eventually found the experience to be liberating when Jay Farrar quit the band, I went really quickly from feeling despondent to some place of excitement and curiosity It really was the cliche of one door closing and another opening 124.Wilco would build an audience in time through non stop touring and gain recognition as a premier American band Their 1999 LP Summerteeth begin an experimental phase, abandoning traditional rock in favor of pushing studio technology to the limits Tweedy also began to take inspiration from modern literature Wilco s 2002 release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot became a touchstone album of the decade in ways than one The music found it audience in a novel way the internet Album art and cryptic lyrics were oddly in sync with the post 9 11 climate hovering over America.Tweedy also sets the record straight on a tumultuous time for WIlco, specifically the firing of his main collaborator during that era, Jay Bennett A gifted multi instrumentalist and songwriter in his own right, Bennett brought an energy that pushed the band creatively Bennett s addiction to pills and creative differences with Tweedy led to tensions and Tweedy fired him from Wilco, a drama that played out on the 2002 documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart Bennett passed away in 2009 from an overdose, news Tweedy dreaded to hear But he also credits the move with saving his own life and facing his own addictions.Aside from music, Let s Go is about Tweedy s maturing as a person, husband, and father He entered rehab to kick his addiction to pills due to anxiety and recurring migraines he struggled with since childhood Tweedy s accounts of losing his parents and supporting his wife through a cancer scare are harrowing and moving Now in a somewhat comfortable place, Tweedy now makes music with his two sons and still tours with Wilco He s become a notable producer, his recent work with Mavis Staples is especially notable While the book never directly addresses the changing perceptions of Wilco from being the hip American Radiohead to the passive aggressive sobriquet of dad rock bestowed on them by Pitchfork Jeff acknowledges his fans have matured along with him and the band.Let s Go is everything a good memoir should be There s witty anecdotes, wry humor, and a literary touch The writing style is direct and accessible Tweedy s often self deprecating and goes out of his way to demystify the mystique of the songwriter, crediting much of his success to luck, family support, and work ethic Tweedy s also generous towards his influences and is himself a walking encyclopedia of music history flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Greg Hassell rated it it was amazing I loved this book Its appeal is almost certainly going to be limited to existing fans of the author and or his bands and that s really a shame as I believe any artist could find insight and inspiration in the book.Jeff Tweedy doesn t seem to dwell too long on any one chapter of his life, nor does it appear that he left anything out either The title, a nod to one of his dad s saying, fits perfectly with the pace of the book It s a pretty quick read with a tone and sense of humor subtle enough I loved this book Its appeal is almost certainly going to be limited to existing fans of the author and or his bands and that s really a shame as I believe any artist could find insight and inspiration in the book.Jeff Tweedy doesn t seem to dwell too long on any one chapter of his life, nor does it appear that he left anything out either The title, a nod to one of his dad s saying, fits perfectly with the pace of the book It s a pretty quick read with a tone and sense of humor subtle enough that it may miss a few people that are less familiar with the author s speaking style especially in the early part of the book He covers his entire life, from awkward childhood aggressively seeking out new bands and sounds, through his earliest bands, negotiating family dramas, bands, addiction, some music, raising a family of his own, music, and most of all creating art just for the sake of creating something, anything at all.Even as a longtime fan of the band s , I m certain I missed a few of the specific references to past works, but the book did not suffer at all because of my unfamiliarity If nothing else, the book made me revisit some old records with new ears and better contextual reference And as a Wilco fan, that didn t upset me at all Maybe the most surprising thing about the book was how many times I found myself genuinely chuckling at this book I laughed A LOT I don t know what it is about Tweedy s voice that cracks me up so much, but I truly loved hearing him tell his story in writing And I was repeatedly moved to want to create I never wanted to put the book down But at the same time, reading it kept stirring my desire to go play guitar, or draw, or build something His compulsion to create felt contagious, or at least motivating of longings I already had.It s a great book If you re a fan, I say buy it I m sure I ll read it again, and I m already tempted to find an audio version only if Tweedy reads it himself just to laugh again I want it on my shelves for future reference But even if not a huge Wilco fan, I think almost anyone with an artistic desire and a library card can benefit from Tweedy s insights and attitudes towards art and music Great book flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, own I honestly can t recall when I first heard Wilco, or how, but I know it wasn t until after I d moved to Kansas City in 1999 I d arrived from the Bay Area and Bloomington, Indiana before that on Memorial Day weekend, which means I got to my new hometown about two months after Summerteeth was released Once in KC, I made friends with the guys in Rex Hobart The Misery Boys, and I quickly got into the whole Bloodshot Records alt country honky tonk scene Sadly, that s the most convincing I honestly can t recall when I first heard Wilco, or how, but I know it wasn t until after I d moved to Kansas City in 1999 I d arrived from the Bay Area and Bloomington, Indiana before that on Memorial Day weekend, which means I got to my new hometown about two months after Summerteeth was released Once in KC, I made friends with the guys in Rex Hobart The Misery Boys, and I quickly got into the whole Bloodshot Records alt country honky tonk scene Sadly, that s the most convincing explanation for how I must have found Wilco, and I still couldn t tell you whether my first album was A.M Being There, or Summerteeth or whether it was actually an introduction to Uncle Tupelo first that ultimately led to Wilco Lame origin story aside, Wilco has arguably been my favorite active band of the past twenty years I was already a huge fan I quickly made up for lost time when Sam Jones s I Am Trying to Break Your Heart was released, and saw them for the first time a few months later at the Beaumont Club touring Yankee Hotel Foxtrot I ve seen them than a dozen times since, and from Kansas City to Lawrence, Kansas to Columbia, Missouri, can only recall missing one show in all that time My wife and I saw two of their five shows during their original 2008 Winter Residency at Chicago s Riviera Theatre A year earlier, we traveled to another former hometown of mine, Tulsa, Oklahoma, to see Jeff Tweedy solo at Cain s Ballroom A few weeks ago, we spent a great weekend in St Louis where we got to see him talk about his new book with Jon Hamm.So, I m a fan A big fan I can t imagine anyone reading this this book who isn t If you re half the fan I am which isn t nearly as big a fan as some, I know , you ll love this book as much as I did, too It s honest and sincere, appreciative and generous, real, self deprecating, and very, very funny If you ve seen Jeff solo, you know what a great storyteller he is, and his ability to do so shines throughout this book When he gets to sensitive subjects his wife, Susie s, cancer his addiction and recovery how much to reveal about his kids , candid conversations with his family are transcribed as is, an intimate and fresh take on telling versus not telling If there s a weakness to Let s Go So We Can Get Back it s that, despite a relatively dramatic life, the book is relatively drama free It s not that Jeff skirts the tough or unpleasant stuff, it s just that he s so incredibly grateful to be alive, to have the family he has, be in the band he s built, and get to do what he gets to do If you re looking for a tabloid style tell all, you ll be sorely disappointed But if you re looking to hang out with Jeff for a few hours, and hear his stories and thoughts about his fifty years on this earth in an incredibly vulnerable and real way, you ve come to the right place I finished the book loving Jeff, and Wilco not just because Jeff seems like a great guy which I believe he is , but because I have a much better appreciation for how he and the rest of the band approach things One thing I know for certain I need to make it to the next Solid Sound festival, no ifs ands or buts flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Jason McKinney rated it really liked it review of another edition I ve been a fan of Wilco and by extension, Jeff Tweedy, for almost 20 years now and have seen the band live at least four times and Tweedy solo twice I have always felt a certain kinship with him because he s from Belleville, IL which is just across the river from my hometown of St Louis Reading about his life was a little bit of a stroll down memory lane because there were several regional touchstones that hit home for me Vintage Vinyl, Cicero s, Wash U I listened to the audio version an I ve been a fan of Wilco and by extension, Jeff Tweedy, for almost 20 years now and have seen the band live at least four times and Tweedy solo twice I have always felt a certain kinship with him because he s from Belleville, IL which is just across the river from my hometown of St Louis Reading about his life was a little bit of a stroll down memory lane because there were several regional touchstones that hit home for me Vintage Vinyl, Cicero s, Wash U I listened to the audio version and hearing Tweedy recall his life through that humble yet at times bitingly sarcastic voice of his was pitch perfect It was also a wonderful addition that on two different occasions, his wife and elder son weighed in to offer their viewpoint on certain aspects of his life.This is by no means a perfect account, especially towards the end, where things speed up and the recent events in his life seem to get shorter shrift However, it is the rare memoir that not only gave me a clearer perspective on art but life itself Tweedy s outlook isn t necessarily inspirationalthat would be too simplistic and even cornybut instead is clear eyed and provides an insightful viewpoint on life, particularity when it comes to his struggles with addiction.It s the second musician memoir in a row after Springsteen on Broadway, which isn t a memoir but certainly feels like one that nearly brought me to tears at several points Nick Offerman may very well be right when he said that Tweedy is the finest songwriter of his generation flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 19, 2018 Jason R hde rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 Doomed, dabbling, borderline misanthropic nap enthusiast This is the only Audible book I have listened at regular speed in order to savor every minute of the story Having it read by the author is justperfect It is definitely a book I will listen through again, and soon If you have ever seen Wilco play live you know about Jeff Tweedy s musings and ramblings on stage, affectionately known as banter on live CDs This is Tweedy banter expanded to 8 hours He shares intimate detail about his Doomed, dabbling, borderline misanthropic nap enthusiast This is the only Audible book I have listened at regular speed in order to savor every minute of the story Having it read by the author is justperfect It is definitely a book I will listen through again, and soon If you have ever seen Wilco play live you know about Jeff Tweedy s musings and ramblings on stage, affectionately known as banter on live CDs This is Tweedy banter expanded to 8 hours He shares intimate detail about his life his family, growing up in Belleville, losing his virginity, the bike accident that led to his learning to play guitar, the rise and fall of Uncle Tupelo, and the rise of Wilco out of the ashes Oh and there s some mention about addiction along the way His conversations with his wife Susie and son Spencer throughout the book are a welcome surprise So nice to hear their voices, it feels like we re sitting in their kitchen hearing what an ordinary day would be like for the Tweedy family If you are a fan of Wilco and or Uncle Tupelo this book is a must If you are a fan of rock biographies, this too is a must, especially hearing it read by the author If you are new to Tweedy, Wilco, or rock bios, this is a great place to start, as you gain insight on an everyday guy who just so happened to stumble onto something great and front two of the most important and underrated bands in America from the last 2 decades flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Eric rated it it was amazing Ok I don t think I ve ever read a book of this size in such a short time I ve been waiting for something like this for 20 years and never thought it would happen I never expected a Jeff Tweedy solo album to happen either, but there you go Expectations were very high and those expectations were met The whole book felt very genuine and candid I m sure some things were left out, but in a way it was refreshing that Tweedy didn t try to rehash every last detail of each song he wrote and how Ok I don t think I ve ever read a book of this size in such a short time I ve been waiting for something like this for 20 years and never thought it would happen I never expected a Jeff Tweedy solo album to happen either, but there you go Expectations were very high and those expectations were met The whole book felt very genuine and candid I m sure some things were left out, but in a way it was refreshing that Tweedy didn t try to rehash every last detail of each song he wrote and how it was recorded He didn t even talk about The Whole Love at all I think that he covered the Farrar Tweedy falling out pretty well, and this was one of the details I really wanted to know about I d heard so many opinions, myths, theories about their relationship over the years and I was really worried that the tougher aspects of their relationship would be glossed over They weren t The same thing was true regarding his relationship with Jay Bennett The ups and downs and ending of their relationship were all there I m sure there was to tell in each of these cases, but again, that would have bogged down the overall scope of the book I was surprised to learn that Tweedy converted to Judaism It was also pretty eye opening to read about the extent of his addiction to painkillers, including how he obtained them one fact about this was especially disturbing, but hats off to Tweedy for his honesty I enjoyed the interludes in the book interview segments with Susie Miller and Spencer Tweedy about what he was including in the book, whether or not certain details should even be in the book, and just random tangents that developed I think his writing style reminded me of why he had has such a strong stage presence, especially at solo shows he seems like a normal guy who just happens to play excellent songs Some of the most touching and interesting moments of the book surprised me He delved into his family dynamic way than I thought he would and it shed a lot of light into who he is now Tweedy came across as self deprecating and confident at the same time something Wilco fans are aware of, I know As cheesy as this will sound, this book was about his growth and continued growth as a person with his life as a backdrop and context for how this happened and is happening It was refreshing to read about his struggles in the sense that he is a flawed human like all of us are and that even though he s a hero to many, at the end of the day he s trying to get through each day in the same way we all are A read flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Dec 14, 2018 William rated it it was amazing I realized halfway through that he may have written this for musicians I mean, fans will enjoy it but it reads like a musician s handbook It recalibrated everything I thought I knew about listening to and making music I had it all wrong I highly recommend the audiobook version I just finished it and am starting it again from the beginning for a second read Wilco and Uncle Tupelo fans will enjoy the honest expos.Fans of all types of music will enjoy the geek out of learning an artist I realized halfway through that he may have written this for musicians I mean, fans will enjoy it but it reads like a musician s handbook It recalibrated everything I thought I knew about listening to and making music I had it all wrong I highly recommend the audiobook version I just finished it and am starting it again from the beginning for a second read Wilco and Uncle Tupelo fans will enjoy the honest expos.Fans of all types of music will enjoy the geek out of learning an artist s process.Musicians will appreciate the very humble, very human and pragmatic wisdom of a prolific songwriter who just wants to make music But this book isn t just for fans and musicians Anyone who feels moved by stories of people who press on, who remain open to learning, who continue to make art in spite of obstacles, illness, addiction and failure will find this book inspiring.Enjoy w flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 09, 2019 Jamie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves memoirs I can t recall reading any other music related memoir, so it was all new to me to bear witness to this musician I have long admired break down his musical empire in ways that I could understand Tweedy s memoir is a conversation with the reader The first chapter, in which he falls all over himself explaining what he wants to do and not do in the book, and the Epilogue, in which he pulls the title all together with the stories he s told, are consistent with the many times he directly asks the re I can t recall reading any other music related memoir, so it was all new to me to bear witness to this musician I have long admired break down his musical empire in ways that I could understand Tweedy s memoir is a conversation with the reader The first chapter, in which he falls all over himself explaining what he wants to do and not do in the book, and the Epilogue, in which he pulls the title all together with the stories he s told, are consistent with the many times he directly asks the reader a question or otherwise addresses us I loved the chronicle of his life and the evolution of his creativity childhood musical allure, Jay Farrar and Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and Jay Bennett, all the albums I ve known and loved, his boys, his new solo album He writes compellingly about how he makes music and why Addiction is a major part of the story he tells I found his rawness so refreshing and relatable after having a total breakdown in my early 40s as well I felt so nostalgic for the days in which I discovered Wilco and listened to them all the time, and then also for the days when my now husband introduced me to Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt Whatever old band mates or others might say about his weaknesses and bullshit which sometimes I felt lurking under the surface of the stories he told of times gone bad , I feel so enriched this conversation with Jeff Tweedy and I m so grateful he s still making music that is important to my life flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Jessica Harlan rated it it was amazing I am a huge Wilco fan, so I m admittedly partial But this book is everything I hoped it would be, and then some I feel like I know Jeff Tweedy and his life so intimately now, and I have entirely new insight into Wilco s and Uncle Tupelo s music, and a new liking and respect for albums I ve previously dismissed I read the book with my headphones on and my phone open to iTunes music so I could play the different songs as he mentioned them Learning about Tweedy s musical process was so fascinat I am a huge Wilco fan, so I m admittedly partial But this book is everything I hoped it would be, and then some I feel like I know Jeff Tweedy and his life so intimately now, and I have entirely new insight into Wilco s and Uncle Tupelo s music, and a new liking and respect for albums I ve previously dismissed I read the book with my headphones on and my phone open to iTunes music so I could play the different songs as he mentioned them Learning about Tweedy s musical process was so fascinating, and I enjoyed getting the lowdown well, from his perspective at least of what really happened with Jay Farrar and Jay Bennett His sense of humor throughout, even during the darkest parts of his life, was so refreshing and made the book immensely readable and entertaining I chuckled out loud many times My book was gifted to me, along with tickets to see Jeff perform, and now I ll enjoy seeing him even flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Dec 11, 2018 Patrick McCoy rated it it was amazing Shelves biography autobiography, music, non fiction I have been a fan of Jeff Tweedy s music since his start as co singer songwriter in Uncle Tupelo and have followed him ever since His second band, Wilco, has long been one of my favorites As a result I was probably the ideal audience for an autobiography from Tweedy Let s Go So We Can Get Back 2018 It was simultaneously released with his most recent solo album Warm 2018 This memoir is a very accessible and self aware reflection of Tweedy s life and career to date This includes essenti I have been a fan of Jeff Tweedy s music since his start as co singer songwriter in Uncle Tupelo and have followed him ever since His second band, Wilco, has long been one of my favorites As a result I was probably the ideal audience for an autobiography from Tweedy Let s Go So We Can Get Back 2018 It was simultaneously released with his most recent solo album Warm 2018 This memoir is a very accessible and self aware reflection of Tweedy s life and career to date This includes essentially talking about his bands in chronological order as well as other musical endeavors such as producing albums for Mavis Staples He also gives insight into his family and songwriting process And he does not shy away from addressing controversial topics such as his opiate addiction, mental health issues, and his celebrated break up with former Uncle Tupelo co founder Jay Farrar and his later firing of Wilco member Jay Bennett It was a book I found insightful and entertaining so very much written for fans of Tweedy s various musical projects flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 24, 2018 Andrew Langert rated it it was amazing Shelves best of 2018 My three favorite bands still making new music today are Arcade Fire, They Might Be Giants and Wilco Jeff Tweedy, of course, is the brains behind Wilco and also it s singer and songwriter I had previously read Greg Kot s book on the band several years ago, and got my copy of Jeff s biography the day it came out Tweedy covers all the things I was interested in his addiction to pain killers, his family, how and why Wilco s sound changed from album to album, why there is so much personnel turno My three favorite bands still making new music today are Arcade Fire, They Might Be Giants and Wilco Jeff Tweedy, of course, is the brains behind Wilco and also it s singer and songwriter I had previously read Greg Kot s book on the band several years ago, and got my copy of Jeff s biography the day it came out Tweedy covers all the things I was interested in his addiction to pain killers, his family, how and why Wilco s sound changed from album to album, why there is so much personnel turnover in his band, why he fired Jay Bennett Tweedy admits to and owns his weaknesses and flaws, and works hard to optimize what he is good at He writes very intelligently I really appreciate that he did this book I can t get enough Wilco in my life flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Sharon rated it it was amazing Wow I don t even know where to start I thought this would be an autobiography, but it was a journey into my past and into the heart and mind of an artist.I could connect with so much life inside the music industry, Chicago, the feel of a life spent dealing with migraines, the joy of creating art As soon as I finished it, I wanted to start it all over again.If you are an artist or want to understand what that really feels like, read this It doesn t matter if you like or dislike Uncle Tupelo Wow I don t even know where to start I thought this would be an autobiography, but it was a journey into my past and into the heart and mind of an artist.I could connect with so much life inside the music industry, Chicago, the feel of a life spent dealing with migraines, the joy of creating art As soon as I finished it, I wanted to start it all over again.If you are an artist or want to understand what that really feels like, read this It doesn t matter if you like or dislike Uncle Tupelo or Wilco If you love art, if you like humans, if you want to see what it looks like for someone to crack themselves wide open so others can see all the awesomeness and gruesomeness of what lies inside.you will find this book to be time very well spent flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Dec 21, 2018 Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves non fiction, perfect books Some bias involved because Wilco is probably the greatest American rock band ever and I will always say that Jeff Tweedy is my favorite songwriter of all time, but holy cow what a fantastic memoir Jeff manages to really cover the entirety of his life up to this point, from his youth trying to listen to punk records, to Uncle Tupelo, to meeting his wife at Lounge Ax, to Wilco It s incredible to read how he discusses the role of the artist and destroy the idea that only truly great artists come Some bias involved because Wilco is probably the greatest American rock band ever and I will always say that Jeff Tweedy is my favorite songwriter of all time, but holy cow what a fantastic memoir Jeff manages to really cover the entirety of his life up to this point, from his youth trying to listen to punk records, to Uncle Tupelo, to meeting his wife at Lounge Ax, to Wilco It s incredible to read how he discusses the role of the artist and destroy the idea that only truly great artists come from suffering and pain, all while managing to discuss his own personal struggles with drug addiction, anxiety, and coping with unconventional aspects of his upbringing flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Zach rated it it was amazing Can I give it seventy thousand stars to make up for every jaded Wilco fan who will dock it a star for not spending enough time on the 2nd LP of Being There A masterpiece of a memoir Probably the most fun I ve had reading a book this year Funny, first, damn is this a funny book And profound, Christ , there are moments I took photographs of with my phone, if those are photographs so I would remember them I ll confess I borrowed it from the library I ll buy it someday, or, even better, if I Can I give it seventy thousand stars to make up for every jaded Wilco fan who will dock it a star for not spending enough time on the 2nd LP of Being There A masterpiece of a memoir Probably the most fun I ve had reading a book this year Funny, first, damn is this a funny book And profound, Christ , there are moments I took photographs of with my phone, if those are photographs so I would remember them I ll confess I borrowed it from the library I ll buy it someday, or, even better, if I can get them, buy five tickets to a show and take my four kids Everyone oughta see Wilco once in a life On and on and on, indeed flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It 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  1. Rebecca Heneghan

    It s not often my husband reads a book and hands it to me saying, this book says things about myself in ways that I could never explain I was intrigued I like Wilco and Jeff TweedyWell, Jeff Tweedy can write This a a beautifully written book about how his life turned out so far flaws and all This is a passage that I think speaks to my husband and all musicians Note, the guitar is not my thing Learning how to play the guitar is the one thing I always look back on with wonderment It s not often my [...]

  2. Jay Gabler

    Self aware even about his self awareness, Jeff Tweedy seemed like he might be either the worst or the best guy to write a memoir In fact, the answer is much closer to the latter Like a Wilco song, Let s Go So We Can Get Back breezes past, but is full of moments of acute insight, wry humor, and surprising poignancy As music memoirs go, this is just the kind of book a lot of fans are looking for neither a comprehensive catalog or an indulgent ramble, at a very reasonable 292 pages, Let s Go Self a [...]

  3. natalie

    Everyone who knows me knows that I hate Wilco with the passion of thousand burning suns or whatever the expression That s because I once loved them with the same passion There it is on page 197 Jeff acknowledges us Those who loved Jay Bennett s Wilco Even before I got to that passage, I had already fallen in love with this book Jeff is genuinely likable, thoughtful, funny, and charming I can relate to how he thinks about life I m sorry that I can t listen to Wilco any This book wo Everyone who k [...]

  4. Elizabeth Amilkavich

    Total babe badass cool dude I already knew Jeff was a great songwriter, and reading his memoir has let me appreciate his talents as a writer in long form as well He s funny and cynical yet accessible Liked the book an awful lot and will always love Wilco.

  5. Jane

    In my opinion, this should win a prize for best memoir of 2018 No, I haven t read them all but this is a wonderful book Jeff Tweedy, for those who don t know, is a musician and lead singer of a couple of different bands, most notably Uncle Tupelo and Wilco I know his name because of a Dylan cover on the soundtrack for the Todd Haynes movie about Dylan, I m Not There, but have never really got to know Wilco s music I heard Tweedy interviewed and was so taken with him that I got the book A ha In m [...]

  6. Richard Noggle

    As a Wilco fanatic, y all are lucky I don t give this eleven stars Tweedy s early chapters seem to struggle a bit to find the right voice it s a little aggressively quirky early on , but once he finds his groove the book is a very satisfying and often moving look into the big picture issues that fans want to know about namely, the fallings out with Jay Farrar and Jay Bennett and Jeff s own opioid addiction I d have liked a bit focus on the specifics of making each album and a few As a Wilco fana [...]

  7. Claudio Ruiz

    Muy para hardcore fans de Tweedy Wilco, pero disfrut mucho leer a un tipo del que he aprendido tanto con canciones Obviamente habla de m sica, de su curiosa adicci n a los calmantes y de, en el fondo, c mo es esto de convertirse en adulto exponiendo todas sus heridas en canciones.

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