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09 February 2023

Jeff Tweedy Announces New Book, Due November

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Jeff Tweedy has announced the release of his latest book, World Within a Song: Music That Changed My Life and Life That Changed My Music, out 7 November and available to pre-order here.

World Within a Song is the third book from the Wilco bandleader, following his 2018 memoir Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) and 2020’s How to Write One Song.

Tweedy described the new book in a post on his substack as, “the stories behind a bunch of my songs and my thoughts on why a bunch of other people’s songs matter so much to me. Some of them are my favorite songs, songs I love. And some are just songs I felt like writing about because they changed me.”

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A statement from publishers Penguin Random House says, “Jeff Tweedy is back with another disarming, beautiful, and inspirational book about why we listen to music, why we love songs, and how music can connect us to each other and to ourselves.

“Featuring fifty-plus songs that have both changed Jeff’s life and influenced his music—including songs by The Replacements, Mavis Staples, The Velvet Underground, Joni Mitchell, Otis Redding, Dolly Parton, and Billie Eilish—as well as thoughts on Jeff’s own songs and his ‘Rememories,’ which have been such a hit on his popular Substack, Starship Casual, this book is a mix of the musical, the emotional, and the inspirational in the best possible way.”

The announcement arrives just a few days after Wilco earned a Best Historical Album Grammy for their 20th anniversary reissue of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. The band have several tour dates in North America – plus a short stint in Iceland – followed by a European tour scheduled for later this year in support of their 2022 album, Cruel Country, which was released on vinyl on 20 January. European tour dates go on sale tomorrow, more details here.

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