Aimee Mann on craft, record labels, and growing up.

Is Aimee Mann One of the Best Songwriters of Our Generation?

Is Aimee Mann One of the Best Songwriters of Our Generation?

Risks and rewards of the creative life.
Aug. 18 2015 2:00 AM

Aimee Mann on the Highs and Lows of Her Illustrious Career

One of the best living songwriters talks about the paternalistic nature of record labels and the years it took for her to break free.

Aimee Mann performs at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 28, 2012, in New York City.

Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Listen to this episode of the Moment with guest Aimee Mann:


This week on the Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Aimee Mann, one of the best songwriters of our generation. They discuss the evolution of Mann’s music, her time with the band ’Til Tuesday, and the way she thinks about creating songs. Also, Koppelman and Mann talk about an event prior to the Whatever album that impacted the both of them professionally and creatively. Plus, Mann discusses falling in love with a lyric from Jason Isbell’s new album, the importance of form and self-awareness as an artist, and trying to be a more mature person.

Topics mentioned:

Chronicles by Bob Dylan
Paul Giamatti’s interview on the Moment on July 20
Coming Up Close: Retrospective by ’Til Tuesday
Whatever by Aimee Mann
Charmer by Aimee Mann
The Both by Aimee Mann and Ted Leo
I’m With Stupid by Aimee Mann
Something More Than Free by Jason Isbell
24 Frames” by Jason Isbell
The Forgotten Arm by Aimee Mann
@#%&*! Smilers by Aimee Mann
Solitary Man
The Big Lebowski
Magnolia: Music From the Motion Picture by Aimee Mann

People mentioned:

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Brian Koppelman is a filmmaker (Rounders, Solitary Man), essayist, and podcaster. His latest project is the upcoming Showtime series Billions.