Wilco: Sunken Treasure

Wilco: Sunken Treasure

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By Tim Grierson

Grammy Award winning Wilco rose from the ashes of one of the most respected alt-country groups of the 1990s, Uncle Tupelo, to emerge as a celebrated (and far more popular) act in their own right. Led by frontman Jeff Tweedy, Wilco have evolved from a country-rock band into an eclectic indie-rock collective that touches on many eras and genres in their music: '70s rock, country, Beach Boys-style pop, noise-rock and folk. As a result, no two Wilco albums sound the same.

This biography looks at:

  • Jeff Tweedy's early life in Illinois before starting Uncle Tupelo with Jay Farrar and an examination of their four albums.
  • The media attention around Wilco's fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and the controversy surrounding it; After the recording sessions were complete, their record label rejected the album and dismissed Wilco from the label. Yet it became their most successful album to date.
  • An analysis of all their studio albums including their latest - The Whole Love, which was released in September 2011.
  • How Wilco's music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fay and Television, and has in turn influenced music by a number of modern alternative rock acts.

Publication Date: 10.06.13
ISBN: 9781780385488
Extent: 320 pages
Format: Hardback

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