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Wilcopedia is a comprehensive guide to the music of the preeminent US rock band of the twenty-first century. It offers a thorough appraisal of the entire Wilco canon, with detailed insights into every album and song the band have released, as well as side projects, collaborations, covers, and more. Since their formation in 1994, Wilco have become one of the most acclaimed Wilcopedia is a comprehensive guide to the music of the preeminent US rock band of the twenty-first century. It offers a thorough appraisal of the entire Wilco canon, with detailed insights into every album and song the band have released, as well as side projects, collaborations, covers, and more. Since their formation in 1994, Wilco have become one of the most acclaimed and influential bands of modern times. While previous books have told their story in a biographical sense, Wilcopedia zeroes in on the music, tracing the evolution of the band’s material from the studio to the concert stage, from the formative Uncle Tupelo recordings through the mold-breaking Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to latter-day gems Star Wars and Schmilco and beyond. Throughout their twenty-five year career, Wilco’s founder and primary songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, has led his band through various shifts in lineup and genre that have kept fans on their toes and made their music difficult to categorize. While they are largely considered an Americana act, their music has touched on hard rock, electronica, pop, soul, punk, folk, and more. If you’re looking for a thorough appraisal of Tweedy & Co.’s first quarter-century, one thing’s for sure: Wilcopedia will love you, baby.


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Wilcopedia is a comprehensive guide to the music of the preeminent US rock band of the twenty-first century. It offers a thorough appraisal of the entire Wilco canon, with detailed insights into every album and song the band have released, as well as side projects, collaborations, covers, and more. Since their formation in 1994, Wilco have become one of the most acclaimed Wilcopedia is a comprehensive guide to the music of the preeminent US rock band of the twenty-first century. It offers a thorough appraisal of the entire Wilco canon, with detailed insights into every album and song the band have released, as well as side projects, collaborations, covers, and more. Since their formation in 1994, Wilco have become one of the most acclaimed and influential bands of modern times. While previous books have told their story in a biographical sense, Wilcopedia zeroes in on the music, tracing the evolution of the band’s material from the studio to the concert stage, from the formative Uncle Tupelo recordings through the mold-breaking Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to latter-day gems Star Wars and Schmilco and beyond. Throughout their twenty-five year career, Wilco’s founder and primary songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, has led his band through various shifts in lineup and genre that have kept fans on their toes and made their music difficult to categorize. While they are largely considered an Americana act, their music has touched on hard rock, electronica, pop, soul, punk, folk, and more. If you’re looking for a thorough appraisal of Tweedy & Co.’s first quarter-century, one thing’s for sure: Wilcopedia will love you, baby.

30 review for Wilcopedia: A Comprehensive Guide to The Music of America's Best Band

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kris Hansen

    If you’re a Wilco fan, you will love having a WilcoPedia on your bookshelf or coffee table or next to the turntable! I came to Wilco relatively late in the band’s career, so it’s great to have early years of interviews, releases, appearances collected all in one place. Cook Johnson gathers a fair balance of album reviews from critics as well as the perspective of a fan without going overboard. I especially loved how he managed to include the classic Jeff live repartee with his audiences. I’ll be If you’re a Wilco fan, you will love having a WilcoPedia on your bookshelf or coffee table or next to the turntable! I came to Wilco relatively late in the band’s career, so it’s great to have early years of interviews, releases, appearances collected all in one place. Cook Johnson gathers a fair balance of album reviews from critics as well as the perspective of a fan without going overboard. I especially loved how he managed to include the classic Jeff live repartee with his audiences. I’ll be curious to watch this space to see if any other Wilco fans on Goodreads will indicate any significant omissions. It’s fun to note as you read the shows you were at that are mentioned. I did think final songs at the 2011 Solid Sound with Levon Helm shortly before he died was of note. Though technically not their own set, Wilco joining Helm onstage to sing I Shall Be Released and The Weight with the man himself on drums was historic for sure and at least foot notable in the covers section!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Scott Cumming

    This one is more for the Wilco completists among us as it details the recording and playing of the songs more than giving out biographical details. For me, it is always fun to read about my favourite albums and dip back in with added info or insight. The way it is sectioned made it easy for me to just pick up every once in a while and dip back into things. That gave me time to listen to the records when I was away from the book too. Initially the 50-odd pages on the covers Wilco have played over t This one is more for the Wilco completists among us as it details the recording and playing of the songs more than giving out biographical details. For me, it is always fun to read about my favourite albums and dip back in with added info or insight. The way it is sectioned made it easy for me to just pick up every once in a while and dip back into things. That gave me time to listen to the records when I was away from the book too. Initially the 50-odd pages on the covers Wilco have played over the years seemed daunting, but it proved to be very interesting and added some great touring stories and stories relating to artists that have influence Tweedy and over the years. The film section also dispelled some myths about "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart", which I haven't watched in some time. As I said this one is more for the ardent Wilco fan and if you're not as hard-core as myself I'd suggest picking up Tweedy's memoir instead for the skinny on Wilco.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I've been working on this one off and on for awhile. It's no secret that Wilco is at or very near the top of my list of all-time favorite bands. This encyclopedia, pilfered from the bookshelf of my oldest, was the equivalent of going back to my younger glory days, post-high school, pre-marriage, minus the sports, but including lots and lots and lots of great Wilco/Tweedy solo shows in and around the midwest. I was reminded of so many great songs that I'd forgotten about (Johnson is VERY thorough I've been working on this one off and on for awhile. It's no secret that Wilco is at or very near the top of my list of all-time favorite bands. This encyclopedia, pilfered from the bookshelf of my oldest, was the equivalent of going back to my younger glory days, post-high school, pre-marriage, minus the sports, but including lots and lots and lots of great Wilco/Tweedy solo shows in and around the midwest. I was reminded of so many great songs that I'd forgotten about (Johnson is VERY thorough with outtakes and b-sides) that I went back into areas of the Wilco canon that I'd not listened to in years. It holds up so well, nearly everything. Part of this leaned a little too heavy on the fanboy side, but I can't complain at all. I would have written it the same way.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jay Gabler

    A good guide for fans like me: people who know a lot of Wilco's music and have given plenty of spins to albums like A.M., Summerteeth, and the epochal Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, yet haven't quite kept up with all of the band's more recent albums, collaborations, and lineup changes. I reviewed Wilcopedia for The Current. A good guide for fans like me: people who know a lot of Wilco's music and have given plenty of spins to albums like A.M., Summerteeth, and the epochal Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, yet haven't quite kept up with all of the band's more recent albums, collaborations, and lineup changes. I reviewed Wilcopedia for The Current.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James Hill

    I'm not a huge Wilco fan. I've seen them in concert twice, but both times were at festivals and they weren't my main attractions. That said, I've kept up and listened to most of their albums more than once. In any event, I enjoy these types of books that take a deep dive into individual tracks and detail influences and collaborations. If nothing else, Johnson's book pointed me towards more music to listen too. And isn't that the point? I'm not a huge Wilco fan. I've seen them in concert twice, but both times were at festivals and they weren't my main attractions. That said, I've kept up and listened to most of their albums more than once. In any event, I enjoy these types of books that take a deep dive into individual tracks and detail influences and collaborations. If nothing else, Johnson's book pointed me towards more music to listen too. And isn't that the point?

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Wilson

    This would be one of my coffee table books that nobody else would read or care about, and I'm fine with that. This would be one of my coffee table books that nobody else would read or care about, and I'm fine with that.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Craig Sargent

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    Bill Swisher

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