World Within a Song: Music That Changed My Life and Life That Changed My Music

Books on Tape. Nov. 2023. 4:42 hrs. ISBN 9780593786772. $57. MUSIC
New York Times best-selling author and Wilco front man Tweedy (How To Write One Song) is back with another fun, self-narrated audiobook about the power of music. Tweedy explains how music has impacted every aspect of his life, from his childhood through his wedding, and shares 50 songs that represent critical moments in his life. He emphasizes that these aren’t what he considers the best songs of all time—that is too daunting a list by far. Instead, these are songs that are personally significant. Tweedy’s list is fresh, surprising, and eclectic, containing recordings by Otis Redding (“Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”), Billie Eilish (“I Love You”), Deep Purple (“Smoke on the Water”), and Bob Dylan (“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”), among many others. As Tweedy shares his experiences with each song and describes how it affected his relationships with music and songwriting, he is charming, intimate, and entertaining.
VERDICT Tweedy’s charisma shines throughout this outstanding blend of memoir, music appreciation, and all-around joy. The journey through Tweedy’s musical history will have listeners hitting pause to check out the many songs he references.
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