Broken Record Jeff Tweedy’s Songwriting Masterclass

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Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy is a prolific songwriter and he’s ready to share his secrets. They’re all in his new book How to Write One Song. In today’s episode Tweedy shares some of his techniques with Malcolm Gladwell and explains why songwriting isn’t, in his view, a mystical endeavor but a practical one. And at the end, he holds his own masterclass where he breaks down his song “Opaline” from his new solo album Love Is The King.

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You can find some of our favorite Wilco songs + Tweedy’s new album HERE — enjoy!

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