Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements Book
Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements Book

Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements Book

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Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements
Based on all-new interviews and including 72 rare photos, Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements is the definitive biography 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 forcesâ€Ã¢€Âaddiction, abuse, fearâ€Ã¢€Â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.

Beginning with riveting revelations about the band members' troubled early yearsâ€Ã¢€Âwhich were scarred by alcoholism and mental health issuesâ€Ã¢€ÂTrouble Boys tracks the group as they rise within the early '80s American underground and chronicles the making of classic LPs like Sorry MaForgot to Take Out the Trash, and Let It Be.

Signing to Warner's Sire Records, the Replacements became one of the first indie bands to make the transition to the major label world, winning converts thanks to Westerberg's rapidly maturing songwriting on records like Tim and Pleased to Meet Me.

Mehr uncovers the darker truths behind the band's legendary drinking, showing how their addictions first came to define them and then nearly destroyed them. He offers an in-depth exploration of the life and tragic death of founding member Bob Stinson, who was fired from the group and later passed away at the age of thirty-five. By the end of their twelve-year run in 1991, the band's tightly held bonds had frayed as drummer Chris Mars was fired and Westerberg's depression, drinking, and desire to go solo became all-consuming. The band's break-up came in front of 20,000 people onstage at Chicago's Grant Park as they ceremoniously handed off their instruments to their road crew and disappeared, seemingly for good.

Trouble Boys then traces Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson's subsequent efforts to find careers of their own, and it reveals the Replacements' impact and influence on successive generations of artistsâ€Ã¢€Âfrom the Flaming Lips to the Pixies, Nirvana to Green Day, the Wallflowers to Wilco. The book also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Replacements' triumphant 2013-2015 reunion, which saw them selling out stadiums, reclaiming their legacy, and re-establishing the complicated brotherhood between Westerberg and Stinson.

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.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Trouble Boys

New York Times, April 2016
A â€Å“Celebritiesâ€Â Best Seller

A Midwest Independent Booksellers Association bestseller!
A New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association bestseller!

â€Å“Bob Mehrâ€â„¢s raucous, ribald, and oft-times harrowing book takes us behind the scenes, to the bottom of the bottle, all the way to the end of the road, and then further stillâ€â€revealing the story of the Replacements, a band that gave away its soul on every record and refused to sell its soul to a corporate world.â€ÂÃ¢€â€Robert Gordon, author of Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion and Canâ€â„¢t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters

â€Å“The destruction. The volume. The cruelty. The charm. The songs. The songs. The songs. To live close to Paul Westerbergâ€â„¢s material was to be liftedâ€Â¦then bent by it. The songs were that good. Mehr shows us that no one, Westerberg included, knew quite what to do with it all. It was underrated, overrated, obsessed over, ignoredâ€â€never anything in the middle. But somewhere between the Replacementsâ€â„¢ path of destruction, epic but ultimately empty, and the beauty and honesty of Westerbergâ€â„¢s writing, there was a band, a band whose story has for too long remained unknown and unknowable. This book gets us closer than weâ€â„¢ve ever been. Mehr brings us one of the great American rock â€Ëœnâ€â„¢ roll stories and all the hurt that came with it.â€ÂÃ¢€â€Warren Zanes, author of Petty: The Biography and Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Recordsâ€â€The First Fifty Years

â€Å“The Replacements spent a decade of their lives making some of the most emotive rock music never to hit the mainstream. Bob Mehr has spent a decade of his life researching their story. Balancing a fanâ€â„¢s enthusiasm with journalistic perspective, he now delivers it in richly detailed and powerfully unvarnished form. Finally, the â€â„¢Mats get the book they deserve.â€ÂÃ¢€â€Tony Fletcher, author of Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend and A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths

â€Å“Bob Mehr has given us a book, a real book, that will draw you in whether or not you give a fig about rock â€Ëœnâ€â„¢ roll or any world but your own.â€ÂÃ¢€â€Nick Tosches, author of Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story and Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams

Kirkus (starred review), 1/15/16
â€Å“An in-depth biography of a beloved, exasperating band that never quite made itâ€Â¦[An] impressively researched and well-rendered biographyâ€Â¦The dynamic that made the band great also tore them apart, as this biography superbly documents.â€Â

Publishers Weekly, 1/11/16
â€Å“Mehr captures the light and dark of a band that could play both acoustic balladsâ€Â¦and punk anthemsâ€Â¦Mehr covers all aspects of the band members: alcoholism and addiction, artistic differences, ruined friendships, and the death of lead guitarist Bob Stinsonâ€Â¦Thoroughly researched and detailedâ€Â¦earning the â€Ëœtrue storyâ€â„¢ subtitle.â€Â

Classic Rock, 1/22/16
â€Å“A rare insight in the machinations of four young men who brought new meaning to the phrase â€Ëœburn outâ€â„¢Ã¢€Â¦A fan Mehr may be, but heâ€â„¢s not afraid to pull back the curtain on what a bunch of snot-nosed, damage-case kids The Replacements could and would often beâ€Â¦What puts Mehrâ€â„¢s book far above of any other on this prickly subject is the depth of research; all remaining members, the Stinson family, tour managers, label heads all make for a fascinating confluence of voices echoing the same sentiments about a band who got the keys to the family car and then promptly, and deliberately, drove it right off the road. Death, drugs, denial, and deceit, this story of a band that Mehr describes memorably as flying high and living low has it all.â€Â

Vanity Fair, March 2016
â€Å“Trouble Boys dares to tell the true story of the Replacements.â€Â

Omnivoracious (The Amazon Book Review), 2/5/16
â€Å“The Replacements was loud and brilliant and incorrigible, enough to be both legendary and never as successful as they should have been--in other words, the ideal of a rock band. Bob Mehrâ€â„¢s upcoming biography, Trouble Boys promises a similar spirit.â€Â

Library Journal (starred review), 2/15/16
â€Å“This fantastic biographyâ€Â¦of the self-destructive 1980s alternative rock band The Replacements provides sensitive, detailed, and critical depictions of the bandâ€â„¢s membersâ€Â¦A page-turner from beginning to end and should find its way onto every music fanâ€â„¢s bookshelf. It offers a master class on how to pen a rock biography.â€Â

Washington Post, 2/11/16
â€Å“The definitive bio of the Replacementsâ€Â¦Trouble Boys brings the band back to life. Over six years, Mehr interviewed more than 200 people, creating a narrative thick with detail, revelations and emotion.â€Â

Rolling Stone, 3/10/16
â€Å“[Trouble Boys] dives deepâ€Â¦Mehr vividly charts [the bandâ€â„¢s] bumpy arcâ€Â¦The â€â„¢Mats story has been told many times, but Mehr got unprecedented access and his reporting gives their hard-luck tales chilling depthâ€Â¦This detailed backstory makes [the songs] burn anew.â€Â

Mojo, March 2016
â€Å“If you want blood, this story has got lots of itâ€Â¦Mehr reveals the very human tragedy behind one of the great American rock â€â„¢nâ€Ëœ roll bands, as well as the foibles that made The Replacements so beloved by their true believers. This book is for every one of them.â€Â

Uncut, April 2016
â€Å“Tremendousâ€Â¦[A] brilliant biography.â€Â

Huffington Post, 2/25/16
â€Å“Mehr's exhaustive biography raises the squeaking garage door on the legend of The Replacements to shed some light and capture in vivid detail the pain, disappointment and heartache of a group of four disparate, self-loathing suburban misfits.â€Â

Minneapolis City Pages, 2/24/16
â€Å“Enthrallingâ€Â¦The book, which took almost a decade to complete, expands on the familiar framework: A hyper-talented, hard-partying, self-sabotaging Minneapolis band falls short, banished forever to the realm of cult worship. But there's a lot more there, and through The Replacements' vivid personalities and Mehr's dogged reporting, Trouble Boys emerges as an immediate candidate for the canon of great rock bios.â€Â

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