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.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.
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.'"
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Posted by Matt Winters at 3:45 AM
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: