Jeff Tweedy, the pioneer of alternative country and frontman of the band Wilco, has written a memoir due out in November.
“Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) by Tweedy: a record of recording and contention with Wilco, etc.” Is slated for release Nov. 13 by Dutton.
In a press release, the publisher said the book will cover Tweedy’s musical career, which began with his days at Uncle Tupelo and continues through Wilco and his collaborations with Billy Bragg and Mavis Staples.
“Jeff talks about his childhood in Belleville, Illinois; takes you to the St. Louis record store, rock clubs and the live music circuit he grew up in; and takes you on a tour of the Chicago scene that brought it all together, ”the publisher said. “He will also speak in depth about his collaborators in Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and more.”
Tweedy’s first major group Uncle Tupelo, which Tweedy co-chaired with singer-songwriter Jay Farrar (who now leads the band Son Volt) released four records before acrimoniously parting ways in 1994. The The band’s 1990 album “No Depression” lent its name to an influential magazine that covered the alternative country movement.
Wilco, formed with the other members of the group Uncle Tupelo, released his first record, “AM”, in 1995. His other records include “Summerteeth”, the double album “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”, “Being There” and “A Ghost. Is Born ”, which won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album.
The “Mermaid Avenue” record and sequel was a collaboration between the band and Billy Bragg, bringing songs by Woody Guthrie to life.
Tweedy teamed up with legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples to produce the 2010 Grammy-winning album “You Are Not Alone” for Best American Album. The couple have since released two more records, including “If All I Was Black” from 2017,
Tweedy released a solo record and one with his son, Spencer. Wilco’s most recent album, “Schmilco”, was released in 2016.
“Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)” will be Tweedy’s second book. He published “Adult Head”, a collection of poetry, in 2004.