Author:Daniel Cook Johnson
Or to give its full title: Wilcopedia – A Comprehensive Guide to the Music of America’s Best Band. It uses the template of books like “Revolution in the Head”, most of its bulk utilised for a song-by-song run-through of Wilco’s entire output. Starting with Jeff Tweedy’s contributions to Uncle Tupelo’s song catalogue, going up to present day (not including this year’s “Ode To Joy”), and including the Wilco/Tweedy contributions to the “Mermaid Avenue” albums. Before this extensive run-through we get the author’s introduction, a prologue chapter on Wilco’s rise from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo and an introduction of all band members, past and present (not many compared to The Fall, but more than your average band).
After the four long chapters of song descriptions, album by album in chronological order, and a fifth on their live releases, we get short chapters on Wilco’s film- and TV appearances, a run-through of songs they’ve covered and finally the part I’m guessing that most of us skip in books like these (I know I do): notes & sources and an index of the songs and albums.
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