Biographer Bob Mehr Tells The 'True Story Of The Replacements' : World Cafe In a new book, Mehr explores the strained relationships and self-sabotage that plagued the beloved Minneapolis band.
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Bob Mehr on World Cafe

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Biographer Bob Mehr Tells The 'True Story Of The Replacements'

Biographer Bob Mehr Tells The 'True Story Of The Replacements'

Bob Mehr on World Cafe

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The Replacements on the cover of Bob Mehr's book Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements. Courtesy of the author hide caption

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  • The Replacements, "Bastards of Young"
  • The Replacements, "I'll Be You"
  • The Replacements, "Left Of The Dial"
  • The Replacements, "I Will Dare"

Author Bob Mehr has written the biography of The Replacements that fans have been awaiting for a long time. For Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements, he talked with band members, insiders and family members and got the whole story of the Minneapolis band whose disastrous, drunken shows are almost as revered as the transcendent ones.

In an interview with World Cafe's David Dye, Mehr discussed the strained relationship between founding members Paul Westerberg and Bob Stinson and how the band often sabotaged itself at important moments. Hear the conversation — and some great songs — at the audio link above.

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