Wilco's Jeff Tweedy Defends 'Dad Rock'

'When people say dad rock, they actually just mean rock'

September 30, 2011 3:55 PM ET
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Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
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Wilco's Jeff Tweedy knows that critics have started tagging his band as "dad rock" – but as far he’s concerned, that shouldn’t be an insult. "I recently had a revelation about it," he says in a new interview with Men’s Journal

"When people say dad rock, they actually just mean rock. There are a lot of things today that don’t have anything to do with rock music, so when people hear something that makes them think, 'This is derived from some sort of continuation of the rock ethos,' it gets labeled dad rock. And, to me, those people are misguided. I don’t find anything undignified about being a dad or being rocking, you know?"

In the interview, Tweedy also discusses Wilco’s long-term future:  ("it would be more like John Prine or Leonard Cohen — people who have been allowed to grow old"),  his work-out regime (he likes "an uphill climb"), how his son Sammy was inspired to sing by Yoko Ono, and more. 

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