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.
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If elected, maybe Kaine can reward Westerberg by making him an ambassador. Hopefully to a small country...we don't want a big war ;)
Tim Kaine is a Replacements fan-cited Let It Be as a fave LP. A man who knows the words to 'Gary's Got a Boner' could be a heartbeat away...
July 16 at 5 p.m.
Phoenix, AZ: Changing Hands, 300 W. Camelback
July 20 at 6 p.m.
Seattle, WA: KEXP
Join us Wednesday, July 20th at the KEXP New Home as we celebrate the release of Trouble Boys: the True Story of The Replacements with author Bob Mehr and former Replacements manager Peter Jesperson (also, co-founder of Twin/Tone Records). Elliott Bay Book Company will be on hand to sell books. Former First Avenue DJ and current KEXP DJ Kevin Cole will introduce a reading followed by a Q&A, rare Replacements memorabilia, and live music from STAG, Prom Queen, and special guests to be announced.