Wilco: Learning How to Die (2004) 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… 2004-06-01 Nonfiction
Book Review

Wilco: Learning How to Die (2004)

Details Release Date: Jun 01, 2004; Writer: Greg Kot; Genre: Nonfiction

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 Jun 25, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints