Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Jay Bennett RIP in Urbana, Illinois

The things that interested this soon-to-be-resident of Urbana, Illinois, in former-Wilco member Jay Bennett's obituary had to do with the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area:

Jay Bennett, a singer and songwriter who was a former member of the rock band Wilco, died on Sunday in Urbana, Ill. He was 45 and lived in Urbana.


Mr. Bennett graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, with degrees in secondary education, mathematics and political studies. He was working in a VCR repair shop when Mr. Tweedy recruited him for Wilco, and according to “Learning How to Die,” Greg Kot’s 2004 book about Wilco, Mr. Bennett often worked there between tours.


He also founded a recording studio in Champaign, called Pieholden Suite Sound, after a song on 'Summerteeth.'"
Assuming that "political studies" implies the Department of Political Science, that is neat to know. And I'm Sad that I won't be crossing paths with him at the Urbana Farmer's Market.

1 comment:

Ellen Stanley said...

i was recruited to join a band tonight in st. paul...was just putting my banjo in the car, and a guy stopped his car, got out and asked me i played in a band. i said i played mostly solo, and he asked if i wanted to join his band. i said no, but maybe that was premature. it could have been the next jeff tweedy!