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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERBased on a decade of research and reporting as well as access to the Replacements key principals, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson author Bob Mehr has fashioned something far compelling than a conventional band bio Trouble Boys is a deeply intimate portrait, revealing the primal factors and forces that shaped one of the most brilliant and notoriously self destructive rock n roll bands of all time.Beginning with riveting revelations about the Replacements troubled early years, Trouble Boys follows the group as they rise within the early 80s American underground It uncovers the darker truths behind the band s legendary drinking, showing how their addictions first came to define them, and then nearly destroyed them.A roaring road adventure, a heartrending family drama, and a cautionary showbiz tale, Trouble Boys has deservedly been hailed as an instant classic of rock lit....

Title : Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements
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ISBN : 0306825368
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Da Capo Press Reprint edition June 6, 2017
Number of Pages : 528 pages
File Size : 885 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements Reviews

  • t_minarchick
    2019-01-26 09:17

    Unbelievably great, revealing, inspiring and at times utterly heartbreaking. I've followed The Replacements and Paul and Tommy solo for 20 years. They were the first band that I heard that immediately made me think "this is the band I've been looking for all my life." I'd been an obsessive music fan since I was a child, but nothing spoke to me the way their music and lyrics did. Finding out about there insecurities, self destructiveness in general underdog status in life only made me feel more connected to the material. Fact that Bob Stinson died on my 18th birthday was also a strange connection. My point being that I have followed the band, poured through the Skyway newsletters / mailing list, newsgroups and every article I could find on the internet over the years. I've seen the documentary and the two books that have come out previously (3 if you include Our Band Could be Your Life) and halfway through the book I still don't feel like "i already knew this stuff." Even hearing anecdotes you've heard over the years feel different when told from the perspective of the people that were actually there as opposed to bystanders, latchers on and the general random people quoted in the previous 2 books. This is the first and only book that has it straight from the horse's mouths. A true warts and all, sometimes painful, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes inspiring and always real. This is the one we've been waiting for I never thought we would get. Enjoy it and pass it along. I only hope thousands and thousands more that make music or art in general will be inspired by what these people did and what it took for them to make it. We love them and we couldn't imagine a world without them. Ladies and gentlemen The Replacements.

  • Izzy9
    2019-02-15 12:31

    A ten year labor of love by Bob Mehr, this book is a fascinating read for any lover of rock music. If you are not a Replacements fan, Trouble Boys is a gripping and very entertaining look at one band's harrowing journey from the basement through the music biz. If you love the band, you will be in heaven with this insightful bio of the wild ride that was the Replacements. Any fan who ever wondered why they remained forever outsiders despite their abundant talent and potential will find their answers within this biography. Not for the fainthearted, it is nevertheless a stunning accomplishment and credit goes to Bob Mehr who was able get so deeply inside of the oblique and mysterious legend of this unique American band. You also will appreciate rhe honesty of the band members in revealing so much if themselves. I couldn't put it down.

  • Phil Gibson
    2019-02-09 15:20

    What a 5 star book if I ever read one! I loved it front to back. It was great how the the author went album by album and explained what experiences brought up some of Paul's lyrics. As a fan I knew of a few of the "incidents" that helped create the bands reputation but there is just story after story and you wonder how they made it as far as they did.

  • Scott Hedegard
    2019-02-05 09:20

    Sometimes biographical books can be written so well you really enjoy them even if you don't care about the person or persons being written about. "Trouble Boys" is undoubtedly one of the best researched and well written biographical books in recent memory, and while it can be a bit exaggerating at times, especially about the supposed fame and impact of this band, there is still the argument to be made that the Replacements were very unique. I do beg to differ that they were alternative pioneers, same as I do with any post-punk and hardcore bands, including Husker Du, Soul Asylum, the roster of SST bands, and a few others that were much more the spirit of real rock and roll in an age of synthesizers and hair metal. No, alternative was much weaker, homogenized and strictly for commercial purposes, hence the incredible mediocrity of so many of them. If nothing else, The Replacements were not mediocre in any sense of the word.