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Product Details

  • Paperback: 53 pages
  • Publisher: Zoo Press; First Edition edition (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193202316X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932023169
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Adult Head provides a lyrical map to aspects of Wilco’s stunning new album, A Ghost is Born…." -- Echo Weekly

"Tweedy... handles imagery and metaphor with skill and restraint…." -- The Journal News

These wonderful poems do not directly reveal themselves, but rather they are complex, cerebral constructions that require serious contemplation. -- The Reader, March 18, 2004

Tweedy…stands on his own, proving not only the intelligence behind Wilco’s lyrics, but a greater intelligence that lies somewhere deeper. -- Performing Songwriter, May, 2004

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"America's finest troubadours have always broken our hearts, and Jeff Tweedy is no exception. In this glorious first collection of poems -- wise, delicate, wry and compelling poems -- Jeff Tweedy reminds us again of the quiet oscillations in every life between the willed courage of humor and the inevitable tides of sadness. Don't be surprised to discover that this book is, at its very core, a deeply spiritual sequence of meditations and adventures." - David St. John

"Jeff's a poet. Always has been. That's apparent to anyone caught by his voice and guitar. He's not a ‘rock’ poet. Adult Head is not some ego lark. Jeff writes words to convey his soul with a wholly natural sense. He has his heart inside the literature of poetry in all its straight-up and experimental lyrical historicity. He thinks maybe barking dogs are laughing! He thinks maybe the world is some kind of kitten. He still thinks we're serious. Word magic. And we're lucky he can sing it so sweet. A fair amount of you can't hug jeff; he's on stage. But you can hug this book. It hugs back." - Thurston Moore


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Love everything about this man, he is a genius of our times!
Svenk
A great companion piece to the cd but also a stand-alone book of unorthodox and highly personal poetry.
Jessica Ferguson
Here's one of the poems from the book that I got off of zoopress.org, the publisher's website.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodley on May 26, 2006
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But this book is not as good as it should be or as you would expect it to be. First, I must say that I LOVE WILCO. I honestly think that Jeff Tweedy is a lyrical and musical genius but as far as poetry goes he leaves a lot to be desiered. I really thing that some of these poems are songs that didn't work out. The reason for this is the content. It is not as strong and I think that is because he was playing with the sounds of words for songs. If your a Wilco and/or Tweedy fan you will probably like it (if not for the content than for the novelty) but if this is your introduction I would buy all the Wilco albums first and then make your decision.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Ferguson VINE VOICE on December 26, 2005
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(Disclaimer: I think I have been pretty objective here but you should know that I am a huge Wilco fan.)

I am not sure how I would have felt about the poems in Jeff Tweedy's Adult Head had I read it prior to the release of Wilco's album "A Ghost is Born". Several of the poems, or at least some of their individual stanzas, have since appeared in song format on that album and changes, somewhat, the idea that the writing in Adult Head is poetry in a traditional sense. Lyrics for "Company in my Back", "Muzzle of Bees", "At Least That's What You Said", "Hell is Chrome", "I'm a Wheel", and probably some that I've missed, all appear in infant form within these poems making "Adult Head" more like an intimate portrait of Tweedy's songwriting process than a book of poetry.

Imagery and ideas are occasionally repeated ("Prayer #2"/"Muzzle", "Sister Invention"/"I'm a Wheel", "At Night"/"Blueheart Chrome") as if they are being polished until fit just right. Other times the "inital draft" feel is clear and a few pieces feel as if they have been meshed from several different thoughts. Often in the same poem a stanza will resonate all on its own but feel off kilter in context of the entire piece. "First This" is a strong example of the order (or disorder) of some of these works. The first two stanzas of "First This" hold together well but the third takes the reader just off base. However, if the poem is read with the last stanza first, the cohesiveness of the piece seems to come together and progress more readily. Of course, this may have been Tweedy's intention (especially in this case - the poem IS titled "First This"...) but the technique proves more of a distraction than a pause to consider.
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33 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Lord Galderon on April 7, 2004
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Although I haven't read the entire text of this book yet, I have read several excerpts from it and have been a Wilco fan for several years. Just from listening to Tweedy's lyrics in his songs, you can tell he has a natural penchant for poetry. His words are very down to earth, heartfelt, and offer a glimpse into our souls. I recommend checking out this book along with Wilco's Cd's. All of them are great, especially Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Summer Teeth. If your sick of the same old cliched poetry and music, check this out and I guarantee you'll be pleased. Here's one of the poems from the book that I got off of zoopress.org, the publisher's website.
The Black Hours
- GMH
are almost gone
the night is dissolving
in a cup of god lifted
to toast the lightning
lightly tapping
high-pitched as it hums
and as your spine shines
with your soul, a shiver,
a fist so clear and trying
to climb into the unlit sky
you can see
there's so much less to this than you think
your mind's a machine
that's deadly and dull
it's never been still
and its will has never been free
it's almost dawn
and it's snowing again
I have never seen so much night
The imagery is always intense, and when a poem reads like a well-crafted song it's only more enjoyable to read. Definitly check this one out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trini on August 17, 2004
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This was an intimate and great read. I couldn't put the book down and that doesn't happen often at all for me with poetry books. Each poem took me further into the twisted psyche of the writer. When I first started reading the poems I must admit I didn't think much but than lines like "the best way/to feel your blood is to lie";" o, and then the blood will pound/discoteque-esqe" jumped out at me. Some of Tweedy's stanzas remind me of zen phrases,simple thoughts that speak a heavy truth, "the best laughs/never leave your lungs/and the best life/is art/never made." Best of all, these poems are more enjoyable with each reread.
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anyone who loves wilco can tell you just how much depth and verve are contained in jeff tweedy's imaginative and evocative lyrics. with that said, I must say I was most disappointed with the poems in this book that stay closest to "A Ghost is Born" lyrics. "I'm a Wheel" has never been, and will never be, my favorite wilco song. but the music at least provides a key distraction from the lyrics of this song, which are dull and devoid of meaning. if Jeff Tweedy wanted to include any of his lyrics verbatim in a volume of poetry (which, while pretensious, is certainly within his rights) I'd say that honor should go to songs from earlier albums, like "Jesus Etc." (YHF) or "Via Chicago" (Summerteeth).

it's in the poems that branch away from song lyrics that he comes closer to capturing the elusive essence of good written poetry. I found the "Prayer" sequence particularly moving, and there are many more examples where Tweedy seems to be getting it right.

overall, what a volume like this shows is the difference between a good song lyric and a good written poem is. good song lyrics are general enough that the listener can feel as though every line depends on, and is relevant to, his or her own life. by contrast, good poetry is intensely personal and meaningful, however detached it may be from the events it describes. for my money, a singer-songwriter as talented as Jeff Tweedy is could write a fantastic volume of poetry--but this isn't it. this is pretty average, but I gave it an extra star because I happen to really like Wilco and Tweedy.
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