*A Pitchfork Pick: Best Music Books of 2018*The singer, guitarist, and songwriterbest known for his work with Wilcoopens 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 wh...
|Title||:||Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.|
|Number of Pages||:||303 pages|
Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. Reviews
This memoir from Uncle Tupelo and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy is an excellent read if, like me, you’re a fan. I was intrigued to read about how he writes his songs, and the dynamics and history of his bands, and found his writing style warm and entertaining. There was a lot about his family – both his childhood home and the one he’s made with his wife Susie (who has the patience of a saint) and his two sons Spencer and Sammy. He also provides an insight into his much-publicised addiction to paink ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 exposé.
Fans of all types of music will enjoy the geek-out of learning an artist ...more
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 ...more