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How to Write One Song

Jeff Tweedy

One of the century’s most feted singer-songwriters, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, digs deep into his own creative process to share his unique perspective about song-writing and offers a warm, accessible guide to writing your first song.

£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571369393
Date Published
03.02.2022
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Summary

A ROUGH TRADE and PITCHORK BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘A guide to rediscovering the joys of creating that we all felt as children.’
NEW YORK TIMES

One of the century’s most feted singer-songwriters, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, digs deep into his own creative process to share his unique perspective about song-writing and offers a warm, accessible guide to writing your first song, championing the importance of making creativity part of your everyday life and experiencing the hope, inspiration and joy that accompanies it.

‘Fascinating.’ ROUGH TRADE
‘Eloquent.’ INDEPENDENT
‘Nourishing.’ PITCHFORK
‘A proselytiser for the act of songcraft.’ FINANCIAL TIMES
‘A smart, funny, relentlessly practical guide.’ GQ
‘Delightful.’ ESQUIRE
‘Incisigve.’ VULTURE

‘A book written by a musician that doesn’t relay autobiographical details in some form of (even loose) chronology is unusual; they typically have their own story to tell and that’s it, good or bad. Writing a book that goes some way to explaining the process behind their songwriting is something else altogether. Jeff Tweedy, in How to Write One Song, achieves this.’
IRISH TIMES

Critic Reviews

[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.

New York Times
Critic Reviews

Tweedy makes a convincing case for people to access their creative flow and tap into a private moment of creativity to make music . . . engaging.

Martin Chilton, Independent
Critic Reviews

A book written by a musician that doesn’t relay autobiographical details in some form of (even loose) chronology is unusual; they typically have their own story to tell and that’s it, good or bad. Writing a book that goes some way to explaining the process behind their songwriting is something else, altogether. Jeff Tweedy, in How to Write One Song, achieves this as he guides readers into the mystery zone and back out again . . . This is a slim book packed with instructive ideas for amateur and professional alike.

Tony Clayton-Lea, Irish Times
Critic Reviews

Open and homespun . . . the book is about the act of creation as much as writing a song.

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, Financial Times
Critic Reviews

How To Write One Song [is] a smart, funny, relentlessly practical guide to discovering the secret songwriter within.

GQ
Critic Reviews

[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.

Esquire
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Jeff Tweedy was born in Belleville, Illinois, in 1967. He has been releasing music as Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and Tweedy since 1967.

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