Jeff Tweedy and George Saunders Have an Epic Conversation | GQ

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy sits down with acclaimed author George Saunders to go deep on their process. In this expansive interview, Tweedy and Saunders cover everything from the death of loved ones, Tweedy’s new memoir and transitioning from songwriting to prose. Tweedy also does a live performance of his song “Bombs Above.”

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Jeff Tweedy and George Saunders Have an Epic Conversation | GQ


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44 thoughts on “Jeff Tweedy and George Saunders Have an Epic Conversation | GQ

  1. It's so funny that both sides of the political field say the same exact thing about one another. I agree with Jeff when he said, and I'm paraphrasing, that both sides have a lot more in common than they expect.

  2. I love how open he was about that first song he played. All suffering is equal. I think right now in 2020 I needed to hear that. It's hard to watch people dealing with COVID and being mentally beaten down but telling yourself "Past generations had it worse" "Other people in the world have it worse." They had it worse, but that doesn't mean you don't get to feel bad too. That's so liberating.

  3. I’m a musician myself. There are other people I admire, big personalities like a Nick Cave or a Tom Waits. But what I’ve realised with time is that I could never be that kind of person (kind of obvious), nor would I want to. I want to be someone like Jeff Tweedy. A musician’s musician. It’s a high bar, but it’s at least one that I feel like I want to aim for. Chuck Klosterman once referred to Jeff as “probably the least pretentious semi-genius I’ve ever interviewed”, and I think that’s spot on (though the “semi” could be debated).

  4. "Weaponized Victimhood" I finally have words for what I've been feeling is wrong with people right now. Couple that with the lie we all tell ourselves "I pulled myself up by my bootstraps!" and hey presto you've convinced yourself someone who is suffering, is getting a free ride by getting food and a safe place to sleep.

  5. Fantastic interview…it is great for an artist to paint a picture to their own creative process. Tweedy is is very profound individual and George does such a good job at listening and asking purposeful and relevant questions. Thank you for sharing.

  6. When the aliens come and discover the earth and rummage through the rubble that will be left of human civilization, hopefully they will find some Wilco albums and realize that at least some of us were worth saving

  7. What he says about what Americans have in common is something almost no one understands. Look at polls on basically every major substantive issue. There's broad agreement. (And our government is not at all representative of what people actually want.)

  8. I just filmed a video of my dog eating a plastic woodblock. Yesterday I found my missing cat dehydrated and scared trapped in a bass drum she overturned while I was away. Music. Our narrative.

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