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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.
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 4 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 5 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.
If you are a fan, this is a MUST Have! Enough said.
It's dark and dreary, but heartfelt and captivating. Just like the music.
Well-filmed live footage puts you in the best seat in the house. The performance of "Impossible Germany" alone is worth the price of the DVD. Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by RogerThat