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

Dutton. Nov. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781101985267. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101985281. MEMOIR
OrangeReviewStarTweedy (b. 1967), cofounder of the band Uncle Tupelo and leader of Wilco, has written a memoir every bit as openhearted and captivating as his best songwriting. He states at one point that he imagines the reader sitting across from him, much as he's written many of his songs; that directness sets his book apart. It doesn't hurt that Tweedy has a great way with an anecdote or that he is a master of self-deprecation. Readers who have lived through one too many tales of humble beginnings, struggle, success, drug addiction, band breakups, rehab, and glorious rebirth might be tempted to give this a pass. They shouldn't. Even the most difficult events in this page-turner are edged with humor and the hindsight of someone looking back from a better place.
VERDICT Though stories of contemporary musicians occupy a crowded field, this one's a cut above the rest. Tweedy proves himself delightful company, and, as with his music, readers will hear this resonating long after they've finished.—Bill Baars, formerly of Lake Oswego P.L., OR
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