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Taking their name from a popular Danish children’s board game, Bob Mould, Grant Hart, and Greg Norton formed Hüsker Dü in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1979 as a wildly cathartic outfit fueled by a cocktail of volume and velocity. Author Andrew Earles examines how Hüsker Dü became the first hardcore band to marry pop melodies with psychedelic influences and ear-shattering volume, and in the process become one of the most influential rock bands of the 1980s indie underground. Earles also explores how the Twin Cities music scene, the creative and competitive dynamic between Mould and Hart, and their personal lives all contributed to the band’s incredible canon and messy demise. Few bands from the American indie movement did more than Hüsker Dü to inform the alternative rock styles that breached the mainstream in the 1990s. Here, finally, is the story behind their brilliance.
I found this book to be a real battle to get through. The author's opinions really took center stage right from the Foreword, and while we breezed through the actual existence of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kurt D. Linden
This bio effectively covers the history of Husker Du in spite of some poor editing. What really lets the book down is the author's views of the music itself. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Keith Lodge
Earles faced a tough challenge when he wrote this enthusiastic account of these "noise-pop pioneers who launched modern rock," as Bob Mould, guitarist and singer-songwriter,... Read morePublished on August 31, 2011 by John L Murphy
A good read that focuses primarily on the pre-Warner years of the band. The author, wisely, only offers brief bios of the members and focuses on the band itself as an organic... Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by Doc Johnson
There are WAY TOO MANY "skirted" subjects in this book for it to be taken as a serious, objective writing. Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by BB
When I first started reading this book, I was wondering how well it could work without Bob Mould's direct input. Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by Craig D. Giffen
Other reviewers have highlighted the weaknesses within this book, and indeed the author himself seems to acknowledge that this is not the definitive book on Husker Du. Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by DTydeman
Good biography of Husker Du without Bob Mould's participation. The writer does a good job getting information from the other two guys, Grant Hart and Greg Norton. Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by Jag you are
The book is interesting because of it's subject matter, but I was not interested in many of the specifics about the business of making music in Minneapolis during this time period. Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by a fan