Jay Bennett Sues Jeff Tweedy for Wilco Royalties

Well, this certainly isn’t going to help our case to get Wilco to re-hire Jay Bennett: Wilco Ex-Member Sues Jeff Tweedy For Royalties.

In the Washington Post‘s coverage of the lawsuit, they link to our 2002 interview with Bennett wherein he listed all of his contributions to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Update: Jim DeRogatis points out why Bennett needs the money: dude’s having hip replacement surgery. Ouch.

Update II: Tweedy responds in a statement to Paste:

“I know exactly as much as everyone else does. I’ve read the news and I honestly have no idea what these claims are based on. It was such a long time ago. Aside from everything else, I’m being sued for not paying someone for appearing in a movie I didn’t produce. Go figure. I am truly sad it has come to this. I am equally convinced, however, that I have done nothing wrong and that this will be handled fairly and swiftly.”

Update III: Chicagoist has the full text of the public filing.

MP3: Wilco – “Cars Can’t Escape” from the YHF sessions. (M4A too.)

Wilco: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki.

3 thoughts on “Jay Bennett Sues Jeff Tweedy for Wilco Royalties”

  1. “I honestly have no idea what these claims are based on… I am equally convinced, however, that I have done nothing wrong.” That about says it all, doesn’t it?

  2. Update IV: Tweedy talks to the NY Times Magazine:

    Jay sued me for breaching a contract we never had and for failing to pay royalties on a movie I did not produce and for which I have no financial responsibility. Jay has been paid his fair share of royalties on the songs he co-wrote — not by me, but through his own publishing, which is the way it works. So, no, I don’t believe his claim has merit.

    This is the first time I’ve actually heard Tweedy address the merits of the case.

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