The Wilco Book by Boris Mikhailov

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This is a book about Wilco and the pictorial, literary and musical world it conjures up on record and in performance. Created in collaboration with Jeff Tweedy, Wilco and Tony Margherita, this primarily visual book explores what Wilco does, how it does it, and where it all comes together. The band narrates the book in the form of long captions accompanying a variety of images: a Korean postcard, a Stratocaster, a backstage practice session, and so on. Along the way, central topics such as instruments, touring and recording are covered both in general (i.e., what happens, physically, when a guitar string breaks) and specific to Wilco. Just as the band assembles its disparate talents and inspirations to make music, this book coheres in the end to reveal a 40-minute CD of original, unreleased songs. Just as Wilco experiments with music by turning convention on its head, this book is an utterly new take on the old genre of the rock 'n' roll book. The Wilco Book will look and read like a Wilco record sounds; it's a translation of the band's sensibility from sound into print.

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Novelist Rick Moody was born in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1962. His works often demonstrate the concept that money makes no difference in the problems people face. His first novel, Garden State, won Pushcart's Tenth Annual Editor's Book Award. The Ice Storm (1994) was adapted into the 1997 film starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. He was named one of Entertainment Weekly's top 100 creative people the same year. He has also won the Addison Metcalf Award and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Peter Buchanan-Smith, cofounder of The Ganzfeld, is the author of Speck. Wilco is a grammy-nominated band from Chicago. Principle songwriter and lead singer Jeff Tweedy co-founded the legendary country punk band Uncle Tupelo. Wilco records include A.M., Being There, Mermaid Avenue, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and, most recently, A Ghost is Born. Bern Porter (1911-2004), studied physics at Colby and Brown, worked on the Manhattan Project, but embraced pacifism after the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. He published Henry Miller and ran a gallery in Northern California before returning to his native Maine, where he ran for governor (unsuccessfully), started a think tank for drop-outs, and created his classic series of "Founds," collected in more than a dozen books. Michael Schmelling's photographs have appeared in '"Details, Harpers, The New York Times", and "Wired", among other publications. J&L recently published his first book, "Shut up Truth". Daniel Nadel is cofounder of The Ganzfeld. Fred Tomaselli was born and raised in suburban southern California and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Among the public institutions where he has had solo exhibitions are P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York; The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Huntington Beach Art Center, California; and Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena, California. He is represented by the James Cohan Gallery in New York.
Published November 2, 2004 by PictureBox, Inc.. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In case fans of alt-country turned art-rock band Wilco didn't get enough pertinent reading material this year—including front man Jeff Tweedy's poetry collection, <EMPHASIS TYPE=ITAL

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