The long-awaited, full-force autobiography of American punk music hero, Bob Mould.
Bob Mould stormed into America's punk rock scene in 1979, when clubs across the country were filling with kids dressed in black leather and torn denim, packing in to see bands like the Ramones, Black Flag, and the Dead Kennedys. Hardcore punk was a riot of jackhammer rhythms, blistering tempos, and bottomless aggression. And at its center, a new band out of Minnesota called Hüsker Dü was bashing out songs and touring the country on no money, driven by the inspiration of guitarist and vocalist Bob Mould. Their music roused a generation.
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Yes - great spoken performance, and I need to listen again just to capture all the references to influential musicians etc
Pacing and timeline - Bob's career covered well in all details
The Husker Du split and suicide of David Savoy
One of my favorite musicians writes an autobiography. This hasn't always worked out too well. Getting assistance from Michael Azerrad gave me some positive feelings about this one when it was coming down the road, and it turned out even better that I had anticipated. Well written, this look at Bob Mould's personal history and life in music really doesn't have a dull spot. He doesn't beat you over the head with information, he keeps things moving in the same way a good friend tells you a story about something that just happened to them.
Authors reading their own work is always hit or miss. Here, it absolutely hits. His relaxed reading style really makes you feel like someone is reading to you, just you, and not reading woodenly from pages.
Husker Du fans, Bob's solo fans, Sugar fans, rejoice! This book will satisfy any urge to glean information about those time-frames in his life. That he opens up and shares more than anyone would expect is just the icing on that cake you've heard about. Highly recommended.
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