I´m not sure why I´m so surprised by how funny this book is. Jeff Tweedy did, after all, once open a song with “come on, children, you´re acting like children”. Tweedy is the singer, guitarist and songwriter of celebrated American rock band Wilco. Before that he was in Uncle Tupelo. He´s also recorded with his drumming son as Tweedy. Yes, indeed.
He´s given us this autobiography dealing with his childhood, which he writes about beautifully, addiction, which is stark and entertaining, talent for depression (another song: “do you dabble in depression?”), family and music. He´s humble and self-deprecating and very moving when he writes about his children and wife. We get some dialogues between them regarding how personal he should be about family matters. These dialogues are just as revealing as the actual chapters.
Tweedy´s description of the first time he goes to therapy with his wife is, well, not the usual. Something to do with toiletpaper. You´ll have to see for yourself.
And of course he writes about working with Mavis, touring with Dylan, and being the de facto errand boy between the two. “Bob told me to tell you”, “Mavis told me to tell you”. He ends up telling Mavis, on behalf of “Bobby”, he should have married her. “Tell him I´m still available”, she replies. So back to Dylan he goes. Quite a gig, that.
We also, finally, learn why A Ghost Is Born had so many animal song. It was originally supposed to be “a sort of Noah´s Ark analogy”. Well, if you say so.
Reading this book feels like talking to a dear friend. He comes across as a genuinely loving and caring guy, even if – or maybe because of the fact that – he doesn´t ignore his shortcomings. He´s a guy who tries to do his best, whatever situation he´s in. Tweedy´s joking about his next book, but I truly hope he writes another one.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Wilco. Tweedy´s music. But even more than that, people who just like a good read. You´ll laugh, you´ll be moved. It´s possible you´ll be moved to tears.
One thing you’ve learned
He writes very insightful about struggling with depression and the importance of not being ashamed. Just talk to someone. It helps. Ok, I already knew that. But it bears repeating. We´re not alone.