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.
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