Jeff Tweedy, Wilco leader and prolific blogger, has written his third book world in a songto be published in November.
A bit like Bob Dylan The Philosophy of Modern Song and Bono’s Surrender: 40 songs, one story, world in a song finds Tweedy writing over 50 songs that have inspired him and his music. This includes tracks from The Replacements, Mavis Staples, the Velvet Underground, Joni Mitchell, Otis Redding, Dolly Parton and Billie Eilish.
“I want to talk about songs that allowed me to be creative…to be myself,” Tweedy said of the book in a statement. “Saying something that was hard to say. I will tell stories of my life, focusing on a style that is faithful to the memory of how I really felt, how I experienced things emotionally. And then I want to talk about music in the same way. I want to talk about music in a way it’s rarely talked about. I want to talk about the world in the song.
In the book, Tweedy will examine each song and recount “the real-life experiences behind each, as well as what he learned about how music and life intertwine and improve,” publisher Dutton said. The book is available now for pre-order ahead of its November 7 release.
A World in a Song: The Music That Changed My Life and The Life That Changed My Music also includes Tweedy’s own “Rememories”, a popular feature on vocalist Wilco’s Substack.
Tweedy already wrote 2018 Let’s go (so we can come back) and 2020s How to write a song. After a string of solo shows this month, Tweedy and Wilco will hit the road again in March to support their latest double LP. cruel country, with tour dates scheduled through September.