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Ashes of American Flags follows Wilco from Tulsa, Oklahoma (Cain's Ballroom) to Washington D.C. (9:30 Club) during its 2008 U.S. tour of ballrooms, clubs and concert halls, capturing the six-piece band, and three-man horn section, at such
hallowed venues as Tipitina's in New Orleans and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. This feature-length DVD is a concert film of extraordinary intimacy, with the HD cameras focused primarily on the stage and often inches away from singer songwriter Jeff Tweedy's microphone or drummer Glenn Kotche's cymbals. Ashes of American Flags also functions as an evocative travelogue, a document of the band's physical and emotional journey. Co-directors Brendan Canty, the former Fugazi
drummer, and Christoph Green track Wilco's tour bus across the country, taking in both the wide-angle beauty and William Eggleston-like desolation of the highways and cities they pass through. At each stop, the filmmakers record candid moments
at sound check, back stage and on the bus, where band members offer insights into their lives on the road and their remarkably intuitive communication as a group.

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  • Actors: Wilco
  • Directors: Brendan Canty, Christoph Green
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Nonesuch
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RTYKWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,381 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Beacon on February 21, 2009
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"Ashes of American Flags" documents a short concert swing from about a year ago, with Wilco playing such classic small Southern venues such as Tipitina's in New Orleans and the Ryman Theatre in Nashville. They filmed five shows in their entirety, and picked out the best performances from them. The result is a 90 minute document of the current Wilco lineup at the their very best. The film-work is great, but mostly importantly, the performances are astoundingly good, and they cover a wide range or materials, from the super-rocking "Monday" from "Being There" to material from "Sky Blue Sky," including an absolutely remarkable version of "Impossible Germany." This is certainly a "must have" for any fan of Wilco, and I think even those who only know a little about the band will be moved by the powerful and profound performances.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By luckykz on April 30, 2009
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what's cool is that through the dvd, you can register and go online and download the performances as a live 20 song cd (which includes the bonus tracks), then do what you want with the audio tracks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gary Covington on September 5, 2009
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This is an excellent concert performance dvd by Wilco. It features live performances by Wilco filmed in 5 lengendary Southern U.S.A. Venues during 2008. These venues are Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tipitina's in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mobile Alabama Civic Center, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, and the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. The dvd starts off kinda like a documentary, but then progresses into concert performances. It does contain some documentary elements during the DVD, but it is mostly concert performance footage. The music Wilco performs, sounds like, what the late/great Gram Parsons called "Cosmic American Music". This kind of music has also been referred to as "Alternative Country", "Americana", and "No Depression".!It can also be referred to as plain ole "Southern Rock". Although Jeff Tweedy, the lead man is from Illinois, John Stirratt, the bass guitar player is from Mandeville, Louisiana, just across Lake Pochantrain from New Orleans. John Stirratt has been with Jeff Tweedy for a long time, even when they had a band named "Uncle Tupelo", before they became "Wilco".

During some of the performances, Wilco's lead singer and frontman Jeff Tweedy, wears a "Nudie" suit, similier to the "Nudie" suit that the late/great Gram Parsons used to wear. A "Nudie" suit is one of those flashy, decorated country & western suits, designed by a tailor in L.A. with a nick name of "Nudie". Jeff is a "cool" frontman. He and the band perform outstanding music in this dvd. This dvd contains 13 basic songs, plus a bonus of 7 more songs. I'm not sure of the time line, but it is a fairly lengthy dvd.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Kengor on June 18, 2009
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This document is very well recorded and shows this great, tight, professional band in a couple different sized venues doing their thing.
I just had the opportunity to see Wilco on Friday June 13, in Cincinnati, Ohio and they were amazing. One thing guaranteed about seeing Wilco perform, if you're not a fan going in, you will be one when you walk out. They played for 2-1/2 hours without a break; Jeff, what can I say about Jeff? Is he the coolest dude on the planet? But he does need a haircut. Pat Sansone has got the rock guitar god moves down! With the power windmill chords, etc.
Surely a lot different in June '09 compared to when I saw Wilco at the Graffiti lounge in Pittsburgh in '93 or '94 - Jay Bennett had just joined the band. My kids and I got to slap high fives with the band on their way to the dressing room after the show - that was cool.
I can't say enough about this rock group.
Jeff's words are poetry, not rock lyrics, set to interestingly melodic
tunes that spin in different directions, time changes, bridging space and
distance.
In Cincinnati, hearing 2,700 fans sing the words along with Jeff and John and Pat was amazing. Every song a sing-a-long.
The only better rock concert I've experienced in my 58 years of having ears was
seeing The Band at Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh in 1970. But that's another story.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rex Mundi on April 16, 2009
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The concert itself is great, the video/sound quality are top notch and the Wilco lineup shown here is incredible. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is simply because I don't think it's really a "documentary", there are some interviews and behind the scenes stuff but these feel like an afterthought. Having said that there is a half hour of "bonus" live footage and you can download the audio tracks for free. This dvd is well worth the money and since I've seen them live a few times I can say it is a very good representation of their live shows. It is definately a must have for Wilco fans and if for some reason you don't already own the "I am trying to break your heart" documentary by Sam Jones I would buy the two together... you will probably get free shipping that way:)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Foster on February 22, 2010
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Great performances. The sound is phenomenal. The band's commentary between tracks could easily have ruined it, but they don't sound pretentious or stupid and there is just enough talk before actual songs (see Arcade Fire's Mirror Noir for how NOT to do this). I don't think you can ask for much more from a live DVD. It doesn't hurt that Wilco have such a good catalogue of consistent, excellent songs, which are edgy and accessible. Best music DVD I've bought in ages.
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