November 3, 2017

The story of The Replacements is one of addiction, desperation and just not giving a fuck. Published in March of 2016, Bob Mehr’s biography Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements provides a vivid account of the most undocumented yet influential chapter in music history. Mehr chronicles the lives of Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, Bob Stinson and Chris Mars, the founding members of the punk rock/alternative outfit The Replacements, as they navigate through the Minneapolis music scene in the early 80s. 

   

“It’s death, jail, or janitor if this music thing doesn’t work out.” recounts Paul Westerberg And that was the truth, throughout the biography, Mehr highlights that for the 4 musicians, music was their only way to safety. For these boys, music was a way out of the complacency that comes with living in the Midwest. 

Early songs like, “Stuck in the Middle,”(a reference to the Midwest) “Taking a Ride,” and “...

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