I'm reading the book - jumping around a lot for now, eventually will read it in order - and it's interesting enough. I don't like what I've heard of the solo album, and I like Wilco's albums less and less each release. But seeing Wilco live or Tweedy live solo is still a great show. And he's a funny, charming dude. I went to his first book release event a couple weeks ago - Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo "interviewed" Tweedy, and then Tweedy played 3 acoustic songs at the end. I enjoyed the 1 hour conversation and the 3 songs, and the ticket price included the book, which they handed out. But for $49 a ticket, I was hoping for a little more live music at the end. Kaplan was asking his own questions and reading some fan questions, but none were about Farrar.
I really liked Farrar's book because, while a quick read, there's nothing else like it. Everyone writes a regular memoir or autobiography - Jay wrote these little vignettes, like 3 minute songs.
The Farrar parts in Tweedy's book are nothing really new from the Greg Kot book or what Tweedy and Farrar have said in interviews. The most interesting part to me was Jeff saying Jay was very much into hacky sack at one time.
Here's something from a NPR review of the book:
"But writing the book, I was able to talk a little bit more than I've ever been able to about how much Jay and I loved each other â€” I mean, or at least I loved him. He changed my life and he helped me learn how to play the guitar. We shared a lot of information about records and spent an awful lot of time together trying to figure things out about music and how to be in a band and what other people's music meant to us."
https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2 ... making-art