The longtime MOJO correspondent presents his new book, the rock 'n' roll adventure and cautionary showbiz tale of The Replacements.
Thirty-five years after the release of their debut album, comes the definitive biography of one of the last great rock 'n' roll bands of the twentieth century: The Replacements. 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 portrait, revealing the primal factors and forces – addiction, abuse, fear – that would shape one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive groups 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. Trouble Boys
is a heartbreakingly tragic, frequently comic, and, ultimately, triumphant epic.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BOB MEHR is the music critic for The Commercial Appeal
and a longtime correspondent for MOJO
magazine. He contributed liner notes to the Grammy-winning Big Star box set Keep an Eye on the Sky
, and has written essays for reissues by the Replacements, Kinks, Warren Zevon, the Dixie Chicks, Al Green and many others. A native of Los Angeles, he lives in Memphis, Tennessee. He used to live in Phoenix.