Trouble Boys

  • by Bob Mehr
  • Narrated by Mary Lucia
  • 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based on all-new interviews, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements is the definitive "boigraphy" of one of the last great rock 'n' roll bands of the 20th century. 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 and nuanced portrait, exposing the primal factors and forces - addiction, abuse, fear - that would shape one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive bands of all time.
Based on a decade of research and reporting and 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.
A roaring rock 'n' roll adventure, a heartrending family drama, and a cautionary showbiz tale, Trouble Boys is a penetrating work of biography and a major addition to the rock book canon.


What the Critics Say

"An in-depth biography of a beloved, exasperating band that never quite made it.... [An] impressively researched and well-rendered biography.... The dynamic that made the band great also tore them apart, as this biography superbly documents." (Publishers Weekly)
"The definitive bio of the Replacements...Trouble Boys brings the band back to life. Over six years, Mehr interviewed more than 200 people, creating a narrative thick with detail, revelations and emotion." (Rolling Stone)


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Customer Reviews

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Oh Sister!

I read this book when it first came out, but I so desperately wanted it in audible format that I sent the author an email begging him to hurry up about it.

Mehr completely fulfilled my wish by choosing the only woman on earth who could do this book justice to read it with all the grit, spit, pathos, bathos and love that it deserves.

Mary Lucia is Paul's sister. She's also our own favorite DJ in the Twin Cities. Her reading about herself being the subject of Achin' to Be made me cry!

Please stop reading this review and go download the Audible version. You'll be so glad you did.

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- j fid

Story just gets tedious

I liked the first half of this well enough, but got really sick of the antics after awhile. Wow, alcohol, drugs and rock and roll. Who ever heard of that? Almost every other paragraph references drinking and acting stupid. I came to sympathize more with Bob and less with Paul -- who comes across as an asshole with a major personality disorder after a while.

The narrator (Paul's sister) is OK, but mispronounces a few common words (says "knee" instead of "nay" for "née". Really?) Also, the author refers to the drug flexeril as a narcotic, when it's not. Where were the editors?

In the end, it didn't really make me like the band that much more. Kind of felt like a disservice. Anyone remembering seeing this band play back in the 80s will now be well into middle age and their antics just feel embarrassing and stupid.
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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio