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- Posted on May 28th 2009 12:00PM by Benjy Eisen
The email states that "Jay was in a really good place these past few years" and that, contrary to common perception, he looked back on his seven years with Wilco both fondly and proudly. He was knee-deep in work on another solo album and was also taking graduate classes to pursue his "umpteenth degree" at the time of his death.
Most notably, the message clears up any misconceptions about Bennett's battle with Wilco, which he took public earlier this month (in an attempt to recoup money he claimed he was rightfully owed). According to the email, the lawsuit was four years in the making, was very emotional and stressing for Bennett, and had nothing to do with his impending hip surgery. In a post that he wrote on his MySpace blog in April, Bennett revealed that he did not have health insurance and was trying to scrape together money for long-overdue and urgently needed hip surgery.
The email ends with a message of love. Literally. While many fans have paid homage to Bennett this week by pulling out their favorite Bennett-era Wilco albums, the email urges fans to "listen to a Nick Lowe album, watch some 'Mythbusters' on Discovery, play Warren Zevon's 'Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,' rent 'Pay It Forward' (one of his favorite movies), write a song with the TV on and the sound off."
The email ends with: "...and focus on how Jay always concluded his communications: Love, Jay."
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