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Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on clashing with Billy Bragg, being insulted by Diddy, and why bands don't need record labels

Ian Winwood, Daily Telegraph, 14 October 2019

IN 2001, WILCO fired the first shot in a war against an industry that had done them wrong. When Reprise Records rejected their fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and dropped them from the label, the band issued its songs on nascent file-sharing sites such as Napster. Their timing was perfect; at the start of the century record companies could hardly have been any more frightened of the internet were it proven to carry the Black Death. 

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