Perfect for gifting during the holidays and beyond, a thoughtful, counterintuitive book about creativity from the celebrated songwriter, leader of the band Wilco, and New York Times bestselling author of LET'S GO (SO WE CAN GET BACK), inspiring others by taking the reader through the process of writing one song.
As the founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco, and before that the cofounder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music's most accomplished songwriters, musicians, and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994, Jeff has written original songs for ten Wilco albums as well as collaborations with Billy Bragg, Mavis Staples, and many others. He lives in Chicago with his family.
"[A] guide to rediscovering the joys of creating that we all felt
as children ... The main premise of Tweedy's latest book is in the
title, but many of his points could be applied equally to a variety
of creative endeavors: namely, how to stop giving yourself excuses
and start just doing the thing."
-The New York Times
"[How to Write One Song] is one part manual for composing a song, and one part philosophical inquiry into the human desire-the human need-to create. It's also an easy, delightful read."
"[A] generous and thoughtful argument for carving time out for creativity. [Tweedy] attempts to demystify songwriting, offering both encouragement and practical tips that from anyone else might read as self-help. But instead, Tweedy strikes a tone that's more like that of an exuberant friend: You have to try this, man. And you'll want to."
"How To Write One Song [is] a smart, funny, relentlessly practical guide to discovering the secret songwriter within."
"Frank, philosophical yet accessible."
"Jeff Tweedy is the perfect example of the consummate songwriter...Given his decades of success as an artist, the veteran musician has a lot of insight and advice to offer about writing a song. Offering tips and advice along the way, Tweedy guides readers on such things as starting a song and handling writer's block, a dreaded moment for any writer."
"In this succinct guide, the Wilco (and before that, Uncle Tupelo) frontman walks you through pretty much every question you might have about writing a song of your own. From anxiety that you'll suck-you totally will, at first-to the fear of exposing your inner feelings-accept it, writing songs means getting vulnerable-Tweedy helps you get out of your head and in front of your notebook or voice recorder. We found ourselves highlighting and adding bookmarks."
-Apple (Best Books of October)
"In four carefully crafted sections, renowned songwriter, musician, and performer Tweedy explains the mysteries of the 'ephemeral' process of a writing a song, from inspiration to process, suppressing one's annoying ego, and disappearing in the work .... Observing Tweedy's glowingly creative mind at work throughout this seriously fun book is truly illuminating."