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Trouble Boys : The True Story of the Replacements
by Bob Mehr


Overview - Based on all-new interviews and including 72 rare photos, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements is the definitive boigraphy of one of the last great rock 'n' roll bands of the twentieth century. Written with the participation of the group's key members, including reclusive singer-songwriter Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson, and the family of late guitarist Bob Stinson, Trouble Boys is a deeply intimate and nuanced portrait, exposing the primal factors and forces--addiction, abuse, fear--that would shape one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive bands of all time.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Based on all-new interviews and including 72 rare photos, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements is the definitive boigraphy of one of the last great rock 'n' roll bands of the twentieth century. Written with the participation of the group's key members, including reclusive singer-songwriter Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson, and the family of late guitarist Bob Stinson, Trouble Boys is a deeply intimate and nuanced portrait, exposing the primal factors and forces--addiction, abuse, fear--that would shape one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive bands of all time.

Based on a decade of research and reporting, hundreds of interviews (with family, friends, managers, producers, and musical colleagues), as well as full access to the Replacements' archives at Twin/Tone and Warner Bros. Records, author Bob Mehr has fashioned something far more compelling than a conventional band bio.

A roaring rock 'n' roll adventure, a heartrending family drama, and a cautionary showbiz tale, Trouble Boys is a penetrating work of biography and a major addition to the rock book canon.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780306818790
  • ISBN-10: 0306818795
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publish Date: March 2016
  • Page Count: 520
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Composers & Musicians - General
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-01-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Music critic Mehr captures the light and dark of a band that could play both acoustic ballads such as “Here Comes A Regular” and punk anthems such as “Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out.” The Replacements were one of the great alterative rock bands of the 1980s and were known for their live shows, which could be brilliant displays of controlled mayhem or drug-fueled disasters. Mehr covers all aspects of the band members: alcoholism and addiction, artistic differences, ruined friendships, and the death of lead guitarist Bob Stinson. Though the band was known for its short, fast, impromptu-sounding songs, this book takes an opposite approach: it runs more than 500 pages and is thoroughly researched and detailed. Mehr includes rare candid interviews with the band’s singer-songwriter, Paul Westerberg, and bassist, Tommy Stinson, earning the “true story” subtitle. B&w photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)

 
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