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How to Write One Song: Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back Hardcover – 1 January 2099

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"[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.
--Chicago Tribune

"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."

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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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dutton; 1st edition (1 January 2099)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593183525
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593183526
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.34 x 1.91 x 19.05 cm
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1.0 out of 5 stars Book arrived in bad condition.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Book arrived in bad condition.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 December 2020
So I haven't actually read this book yet, I'm sure it's awesome, well written and insightful ...BUT for a brand new book, it's in terrible condition (I've bought pre-owned books in a better state). As you can see from my attached pictures, the pages of the book are all warped, and the corners scuffed and dented... and the back page looks like someone was attempting origami.

Pretty gutted as I was looking forward to owning the hardcover book (instead of just buying the ebook edition).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Twee rambling twaddle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe all I need is a shot in the arm, but maybe all I need is to be armed with this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the thing to get you going as a songwriter
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soooooo readable!!!
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