The story of how Bon Iver‘s debut, For Emma, Forever Ago was made is one that has often been repeated throughout the years anytime the name “Bon Iver” gets brought up. Initially, it was a little innocuous album, self-released by Justin Vernon (the main man behind the Bon Iver name) back in 2007. It quickly had its fans, but the big pull it began to have on people didn’t occur until it was released wider by Jagjaguwar in 2008. That’s when the big story behind the album started to gain traction, and that’s when things began to really change for Justin Vernon.
Supposedly, after a breakup, and hoping to seek some solitude in the wilderness, Vernon retreated to a cabin in the Wisconsin woods, recording equipment in tow. He reportedly had not planned to make an album, but inevitably, it all came spilling out in the form of For Emma, Forever Ago. This sad-eyed folk album came from a pretty turbulent period in Vernon’s life, and somehow all of his personal struggles and falsetto-heavy poetry, resonated with listeners on a deep, deep level. It has become somewhat of an iconic piece of work, while Vernon has become a legend in the music scene. He’s gone on to create two other next-level albums, and even though his catalog remains fairly short, his permanence in the consciousness of many has remained solid, unwavering.
Soon enough it will have been 10 years after the initial release of For Emma on Jagjaguwar, and appropriately, a new reissue is on the way. The album won’t include any bonus tracks, but instead there will be new artwork and a “reflective in-depth essay written by longtime Bon Iver friend and collaborator, Trever Hagen.” Check out the artwork below.
Additionally, Vernon has announced a big, special one time only anniversary concert for For Emma, Forever Ago. The show will take place February 17 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
The For Emma, Forever Ago reissue will be available on both CD and vinyl and is due out February 16. Pre-order it exclusively from the Bon Iver webstore here.
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