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Wilco: Learning How to DieMining the same contentious plotlines captured in 2002's compelling documentary ''I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,'' rock critic Kot wisely centers his...Wilco: Learning How to DieNonfictionMining the same contentious plotlines captured in 2002's compelling documentary ''I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,'' rock critic Kot wisely centers his...2004-06-25

Wilco: Learning How to Die

Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Greg Kot; Status: In Season

Mining the same contentious plotlines captured in 2002’s compelling documentary ”I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,” rock critic Kot wisely centers his history of the experimental indie band on its most substantive and convulsive character: talented, temperamental frontman Jeff Tweedy. He traces Tweedy from his days pioneering alt-country with Uncle Tupelo to the 2002 flap over Wilco’s critically acclaimed ”Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” (dropped by Warner Bros.’ Reprise, later a hit for sister label Nonesuch). Though the book could benefit from a bit more prodding of Tweedy’s interpersonal dysfunction and intimate relationships (his wife is a minor presence), he emerges as a likable antihero – a ”quintessential ‘difficult’ artist” who uncompromisingly follows his muse, band members and record labels be damned.

Originally posted June 25 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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