Wilco Learning How to Die

ISBN-10: 0767915585
ISBN-13: 9780767915588
Edition: 2004
Authors: Greg Kot
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Description: By now the story has become music-industry-lore - part cautionary talke, part barometer of the times. When alt-country-cum-experimental rock indie heroes like Wilco turned in their 4th album (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) to its label Reprise (a division of  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 6/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

By now the story has become music-industry-lore - part cautionary talke, part barometer of the times. When alt-country-cum-experimental rock indie heroes like Wilco turned in their 4th album (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) to its label Reprise (a division of Warner), fans looked forward to the release of another challenging, genre-bending departure from their previous work. The band hoped to build on their previous, modest sales and critical acclaim but was instead asjed to compromise its artistic integrity for what the Reprise record execs promised would be "radio-friendly" success - and higher record sales. When Wilco wouldn't give, they found themselves without a label. The ultimate irony? Nonesuch, another division of Warner, bought the record for three times the money and the album debuted at 13 on the Billboard charts, posting its strongest sales to date.Already the subject of a music documentary released to glowing reviews at the LA film festival, Wilco is the band that critics have called both "the greatest band you've ever heard" and "the greatest ban of its generation". But its reputation is growing. Since the band's humble inception in southern Illinois over ten years ago, it has built a national following of underground followers - more reliant on word-of-mouth recommendation, the indie club scene, and free internet downloads. But their story is not just one of the David-and-Goliath struggle against corporate influence on musicians, it is also a compelling, intimate look at making music and the difficult, collaborative process of being in a band.

"You have to learn how to die"
"Speed became an end in itself"
"I got drunk and I fell down"
No Depression
"The loudest record we had ever made"
"Solitude is where I'm bound"
"There was a time, that time is gone"
"It was like watching a prize fight"
"I want to thank you all for nothin', nothin' at all"
"A joyous fuck you"
"I will sing while you croak"
Woody, the Freak Weirdo
"Making a great record doesn't matter"
"Glorified sidemen"
He Fell in Love with the Drummer
"It was a traumatic year"
A Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Part 2
"A circle can only have one center"
"Judas!"
"Be not so fearful"
Acknowledgments

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