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

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The singer, guitarist, and songwriter—best known for his work with Wilco—opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people who have inspired him.

Few bands have encouraged as much devotion as the Chicago rock band Wilco, and it's thanks, in large part, to the band's singer, songwriter, and guiding light: Jeff Tweedy. But while his songs and music have been endle
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Dutton
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Rebecca Heneghan
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s not often my husband reads a book and hands it to me saying, “this book says things about myself in ways that I could never explain.” I was intrigued... I like Wilco and Jeff Tweedy...

Well, Jeff Tweedy can write. This a a beautifully written book about how his life turned out so far flaws and all.

This is a passage that I think speaks to my husband and all musicians. (Note, the guitar is not my thing.)

“Learning how to play the guitar is the one thing I always look back on with wonderment.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone who knows me knows that I hate Wilco with the passion of thousand burning suns (or whatever the expression). That's because I once loved them with the same passion. There it is on page 197. Jeff acknowledges us. Those who loved Jay Bennett's Wilco. Even before I got to that passage, I had already fallen in love with this book. Jeff is genuinely likable, thoughtful, funny, and charming. I can relate to how he thinks about life. I'm sorry that I can't listen to Wilco anymore. This book wo ...more
Jay Gabler
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Self-aware even about his self-awareness, Jeff Tweedy seemed like he might be either the worst or the best guy to write a memoir. In fact, the answer is much closer to the latter. Like a Wilco song, Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) breezes past, but is full of moments of acute insight, wry humor, and surprising poignancy. As music memoirs go, this is just the kind of book a lot of fans are looking for: neither a comprehensive catalog or an indulgent ramble, at a very reasonable 292 pages, Let's Go ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blew threw the last third in a couple hours this morning, and had to put it down twice because lines made me tear up out of nowhere. The lines involved his sons and his dad.

I've read dozens of musician memoirs at this point, and Tweedy is the only one I can recall that features practical, process-oriented philosophies on songwriting and/or general creation--he also delineates between art and creative expression in a way that allows both to have meaning and positive purpose. I love that--as a per
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been to one Wico concert and enjoyed it. Its founder and lead singer Jeff Tweedy writes a funny, irreverent, and honest memoir. I like his discussions about how his family is the glue that keeps him together through his opiates addiction, depression episodes, migraine headaches. His songwriting sections are fascinating. Plus, I'm now a fan of his first rock group, Uncle Tupelo.
Liz Amilkavich
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Total babe/badass/cool dude. I already knew Jeff was a great songwriter, and reading his memoir has let me appreciate his talents as a writer in long form as well. He’s funny and cynical yet accessible. Liked the book an awful lot and will always love Wilco.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, memoir, rock-etc
In my opinion, this should win a prize for best memoir of 2018. No, I haven't read them all but this is a wonderful book. Jeff Tweedy, for those who don't know, is a musician and lead singer of a couple of different bands, most notably Uncle Tupelo and Wilco. I know his name because of a Dylan cover on the soundtrack for the Todd Haynes movie about Dylan, I'm Not There, but have never really got to know Wilco's music. I heard Tweedy interviewed and was so taken with him that I got the book. A ha ...more
Alex Gordon
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took the GRE a few days ago, and before the exam I spent a couple months studying vocab. One of my favorite newly learnt words is raconteur, n. "a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly" ( Jeff Tweedy is a raconteur. He's got a good story to tell, and he tells it really well. Reading this book I laughed out loud maybe ten times, I cried once, and I also felt lots of emotions that didn't manifest so physically. I found myself going back and listeni ...more
Richard Noggle
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a Wilco fanatic, y'all are lucky I don't give this eleven stars. Tweedy's early chapters seem to struggle a bit to find the right voice (it's a little aggressively quirky early on), but once he finds his groove the book is a very satisfying and often moving look into the big picture issues that fans want to know about (namely, the fallings out with Jay Farrar and Jay Bennett and Jeff's own opioid addiction). I'd have liked a bit more focus on the specifics of making each album and a few more ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t read biographies because, but I will read this one again.

In retrospect, it shouldn't surprise me that Jeff Tweedy is a grood writer (that's great, with reservations for ya). I've been a fan of Wilco for some time now. Rather, I've been several different Wilco fans. Near the end of the book Tweedy talks about how different fans look for different things in the band. There are the ones who only like a certain album. That's the type of fan I was for a while. I loved Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. But then I kind of fell off the wagon, thinking tha ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew I would like this book, but was truly surprised by just how much I loved it. What a wonderful memoir <3 ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really lovely, charming, and warm-hearted. His writing is very much of a piece with his music. A++
Joshua Arnett
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
:) I like this book so much :)
Stinky Girl
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good read.
Patricia Murphy
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
I truly appreciate Jeff’s discussions about the creative process, loss, addiction, and interpersonal relationships with difficult people. I leave with more respect than I thought I could have, even as a longtime fan.
I work at a library, and as a result of that, the books that I own often sit on my shelves, gathering dust as I read the many books I take home and have due dates that make them more urgent to read and return by a certain due date. I love the books I own. I want to own them. I want to read them. I just...don't often get around to it.

I asked for Jeff Tweedy's memoir for Christmas, along with some other books. I got excited every time I saw Jeff Tweedy sitting there in particular, and yet I conti
Aaron Passman
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Way funnier than I expected it to be. Come for the Wilco stories, stay for the jokes about circumcision and murdering Dave Grohl.
Kerry Dunn
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
I didn’t want this book to end. It’s so special, so perfect. I mean, I’ve been a Wilco fan from the beginning so I expected this book would be FOR ME, but what I didn’t expect was how hilarious, touching, honest, sincere, and profound Jeff Tweedy would be in telling his story, and in tandem, Wilco’s story. I always know a book is excellent when I can’t stop myself from reading passages aloud to my husband. I do it because I NEED TO SHARE THE BRILLIANCE IMMEDIATELY. I read a lot of passages aloud ...more
Peter Colclasure
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
"If you picked up this book looking for wild, druggy stories about my addiction to opiates, you're out of luck. I want to put those years behind me. And frankly, there isn't much to tell. When you take a lot of Vicodin, your life is not a nonstop Algonquin Round Table . . . That last part was a joke. Jesus, of course I'm going to write about the drugs. I'm pulling your leg. Would you have believed Keith Richards if he'd started his memoir with "Listen guys, the less said about my experiences w ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, nonfiction
There is so much to love about this book. First, I thought Jeff Tweedy's discussion of his mental health journey and experience with addiction was incredibly moving. He talks about his struggles with the insight of someone who engaged with therapy for a long time and worked really hard at getting to know his own self, and it's such a refreshing and honest series of reflections. Additionally, he addresses his privilege as a white, straight man often, still recognizing that even wealthy or privile ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is probably the best memoir I've ever read. It was funny and sincere. Jeff Tweedy told an awesome story here and answered the questions many fans have on their minds. He put his life and struggles out there, so readers could relate. I'd probably read this again and would definitely recommend it.
Angie and the Daily Book Dose
AMAZING. I need some time to process. My vote for best non-fiction book I’ve read in 2018!
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This memoir from Uncle Tupelo and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy is an excellent read if, like me, you’re a fan. I was intrigued to read about how he writes his songs, and the dynamics and history of his bands, and found his writing style warm and entertaining. There was a lot about his family – both his childhood home and the one he’s made with his wife Susie (who has the patience of a saint) and his two sons Spencer and Sammy. He also provides an insight into his much-publicised addiction to paink ...more
Ron S
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A funny, charming, self-aware look back by the Wilco front man, from growing up in SW Illinois to present day. You really needn't be a fan of Uncle Tupelo, Wilco in any of its configurations, or have even heard of Jeff Tweedy to enjoy this book (although of course that would help). Read it if you enjoy memoirs by interesting people with the ability to tell a good story well. (I'll admit that I've seen him in concert probably a dozen times, but not for almost two decades, and haven't engaged with ...more
Blue Kaufman
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-to-read
Reading this book, in many ways, was like looking in the mirror. The most impactful moments are not sensationalized Wilco achievements nor glamorized tales of rock and roll. No, they are the small, seemingly insignificant self reflections—the instances and ideas that somehow imprint on the subconscious and shape perceptions of the world. Many biographies are self deprecating (no exception here) but few feel as honest as Jeff Tweedy’s.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, audiobooks
Books have pretty much taken over my listening life, so I have neglected my love of music, although it still beats strong, in my inner depths. That said, I still adored this memoir by the leader and founder of one of my very favorite rock bands, of the past twenty years, Wilco. Since Tweedy is such an excellent songwriter, I am not surprised how beautifully written this book is. The audio is narrated by the author, with the help of his family. 4.5 stars
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Prior to reading this book, I had heard of Wilco but wasn't familiar with its music or band-members. I did something I rarely do... chose to read it based on its title.

Tweedy's memoir is very thoughtful and moving. He describes his upbringing, introduction to music, bands, and later, his depression. What struck me most about Mr. Tweedy? His humility.

Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a somewhat educated, nearly middle aged white guy who loves Wilco’s music. Despite these characteristics I’ve still not managed to see Wilco live, however I have just finished this book and can say it’s a near perfect rock-bio-memoir.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly the best memoir I've read from a musician. Tweedy demystifies the process of writing and trades obliqueness for bluntness about his motivation/process/style, while still maintaining a deeply individual voice and a laugh out loud sense of humor. Highly recommend.
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