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Monday, June 27, 2011

Bob Mould Talks Tough in Memoir

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Bob Mould is more than the legendary onetime frontman of Hüsker Dü and a punk icon. He's also one of the rock world's foremost practitioners of Real Talk. His candid and fearless thoughts on many personal topics - antipathy toward his former bandmates, coming to terms with being gay - have long made him a fascinating interview subject.


Mould extends his no-bullshit take on his personal life to a memoir, See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, that is every bit as unflinching as his music and public persona. Mould is the whip-smart and hard-headed son of an abusive father, traits that made his years in Hüsker Dü drunken and acrimonious. Written with Michael Azerrad, author of the definitive indie rock bible Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991, Mould's book covers the musician's contentious past and hard won self-acceptance with a candor and resistance to myth-making that is rare in rock-star memoirs. The result is a psychological study as raw and brutally honest as Mould's early punk music, with the additional perspective and insight afforded by middle age.

Bob Mould appears Tue., June 28, at 8 p.m. at the Booksmith.

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