Bob Mehr Talks ‘Trouble Boys’

Commercial Appeal music critic Bob Mehr captures the turbulent journey of alt-rock forerunners the Replacements in “Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements.” He’s taking the biography on a book tour kicking off May 31 with discussions, interviews and live music.

The detailed account of the Minneapolis band involved nearly a decade of research, hundreds of interviews and the group’s archives at Twin/Tone and Warner Bros. Records. Members of the Replacements worked with Mehr during the writing process including Paul Westerberg (singer/songerwriter), Tommy Stinson (bassist), Slim Dunlop (guitarist), and the “family of late band founder Bob Stinson.”

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The book was released in March and landed on the New York Times’ “Celebrities Best Sellers” list. Rolling Stone applauded Mehr for “vividly charting the [band’s] bumpy arc … delivering mythic battle tales like a barroom historian.” USA Today said it was a “compelling tale full of some of the most colorful characters you’ll ever encounter on page.”

Live musical performances will be held in select markets by Dave House (The Loved Ones) and Frank Brown (Travel Lanes), Freedy Johnston with Dave Schramm, Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help, Jennifer O’ Connor and Dead Wicks.

May 31 – Boston, Mass., Café 939, “In Conversation” with Replacements/Neighborhoods guitarist Dave Minehan.
June 3 – Philadelphia, Pa., Main Street Music, Author discussion and Q&A. Live performances by Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), and Frank Brown (Travel Lanes).
June 4 – Hoboken, N.J., Little City Books, “In Conversation” with Replacements A&R Man and Nurse Jackie/Bored to Death music supervisor Michael Hill. Live performances by Freedy Johnston (with Dave Schramm), Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help, Jennifer O’Connor, and the Dead Wicks.
June 8 – New York City, N.Y., The Strand Bookstore, “In Conversation” with Jon Wurster of Superchunk/Bob Mould Band/Scharpling & Wurster.
June 11 – Long Beach, Calif., Fingerprints, “In Conversation” with Replacements drummer Josh Freese.
June 12 – Los Angeles, Calif., Book Soup, Author discussion and Q&A.
July 16 – Phoenix, Ariz., Changing Hands Bookstore, Author discussion and Q&A.
July 20 – Seattle, Wash., KEXP Performance Space, Author discussion and Q&A; musical guests TBA.
July 24 – Portland, Ore., Powell’s Books, “In Conversation” with Scott McCaughey of The Young Fresh Fellows/Minus 5/R.E.M.

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