Ashes of American Flags
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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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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.Read more ›
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
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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Already a fan of Wilco, I bought this with a lot of hesitancy, thinking "Oh what the hell is this going to add to my enthusiasm for Wilco? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Art Dog
This is a Great DVD to have in the collection. It shows just how good Wilco are. Excellent musicians, Great Live Performance, tight sound, as others have said, if you're a Wilco... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ADR 2012
First off Wilco is one of my favorite bands. This DVD is truly a masterpiece. The title songs is one of the best Wilco songs to date. Loved it. Highly recommend it.Published on July 27, 2013 by notyalc34
A very well-done documentary of Wilco on tour. The band sounds great, and you actually get a feel for the personalities of all the band members, not just Jeff Tweedy. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Richard S.