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Tweedy and Emanuel Attend @MayorEmanuel Book Release

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 7, 2011 6:00PM

It was at this time last year, just after Labor Day 2010, when Mayor Daley shocked the small world of Chicago politics by announcing that he wouldn't run for another term. Speculation swirled around White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, as pundits predicted he'd come back to Chicago to make a run for it. Emanuel didn't officially announce his run for office until November, but the media predictably pounced on the opportunity to make his mind up for him.

Columbia College professor Dan Sinker saw that the situation -- and the politician -- was ripe for satire, and he started the @mayoremanuel twitter account. That turned into a book, as so many internet trends do nowadays, and last night at the Hideout, Sinker and friends celebrated the release of The F***ing Epic Quest of @MayorEmanuel, with special guest Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Tweedy appears in the @mayoremanuel storyline around the time he played a fundraiser concert for the real Rahm Emanuel.

"Tweedy's being pissy because he doesn't want to play any Black Eyed Peas songs. What the fuck? People love that shit." - @mayoremanuel, Jan. 30, 2011 -
Well, Tweedy begrudgingly played those Black Eyed Peas songs for Sinker. Head over to Time Out Chicago to see video of Tweedy playing "I Got a Feeling." He also recited the lyrics to "My Humps." The real Mayor Rahm Emanuel showed up, too. He shook some hands and pleasantly signed Sinker's book, "You are an asshole." Also, check out Rob Christopher's review of this book adaptation of a Twitter account.