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See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody Hardcover – June 15, 2011
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Benjamin Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie
'Bob mould's incredible journey is an inspiring one. I hope to one day be able to write a book like this, to live like this, to rock like this, but in the meantime, I can read this. A poetic and devastating memoir from one of the greatest artists of all time. I love Bob Mould.'
"Ultimately, it’s [Mould's] ongoing quest to transform himself from an isolated and work-obsessed individual into someone who’s actively involved with his community and lover on multiple levels that informs his life’s storyand which makes See a Little Light such a compelling and rewarding read."
"Bob Mould's revealing memoir written with Michael Azerrad, would make a great gift for the music-lover on your list. Mould, who played in groundbreaking bands such as Husker Du and Sugar, was that rare commodity in the alternative and college rock scene, an out gay man."
The Bay Area Reporter
"See a Little Light tells of Mould’s struggles with homosexuality, personal relationships and various addictions, but this is not just another titillating rock ’n’ roll memoir ... It’s a clear, plain account of one troubled musician’s life, with a lively and happy ending."
" After all, if you take my word for it, See A Little Light is a treat, an absolutely-first-tier rock autobiography."
"[A] brutally honest autobiography tour de force."
See A Little Light is not a memoir, it is an autobiography. Bob Mould’s story is an entertaining, funny, intensely-inspirational and perhaps the consummate tale of human spirit and willpower in the hands of a master. As well as a great narrative history for casual to fanatical fans of Bob’s myriad endeavors (Husker Du, Sugar, Bob Mould solo, etc), See A Little Light is also the story of one of our era’s great rugged individualists.”
-Andrew Earles, author of Husker Du
"More than just another punk rock memoir, See A Little Light”is an open-hearted testament to one self-made man’s undying, unflagging, undeniable voice, and an inspiring tale of spiritual and musical growth that deserves a spot on the shelf of any serious DIY or GLBT library. In the end, I read it mostly as a love letter of explanation to Mould’s alcoholic and angry father, and as an amazingly self-aware (and often deliciously good-humored) meditation on how son channeled dad’s shared rage into sobriety, music, catharsis, and redemption. Riveting stuff."
Jim Walsh, author of The Replacements: All Over But The Shouting: An Oral History and The Replacements: Waxed Up Hair and Painted Shoes: The Photographic History
"The critic Lester Bangs used a phrase, imperative groin thunder,” to describe the loud, raw music he loved most. Mr. Mould’s music brings that kind of thunder. Some of the time, and in surprising ways, so does his book."
Dwight Garner, New York Times
"Any number of veterans of the punk and post-punk campaigns of the 1980s could pack a memoir with endless drives in the van, bad food and bad contracts, shoestring recording sessions, hellhole nightclubs, sleeping on floors and all the other genre touchstones. A select few could also explore the conflicts, rewards and drawbacks of wider popularity, and the challenges of sustaining a musical life into advanced adulthood. But there's only one who could do all that and also describe dealing with his unresolved homosexuality and, why not, going to work plotting the story lines in professional wrestling. Those last two elements definitely distinguish Bob Mould's autobiography from the predictable pack, and should keep readers from feeling they're on an endless van ride themselves."
Richard Cromelin, LA Times
"Mould captures something of his terrific will, which is a great gift."
A blunt, bracing and astonishingly confessional look back at a man who’s produced some of the best rock music of the last 20 years."
Patrick Beach, Austin American Statesman
Mould never fails to captivate and inspire.”
As satisfying as [Mould’s] best work...compulsively readable."
Ben Westhoff, Washington City Paper
"Brisk and enjoyable...urgently personal."
NPR's "Books We Like"
Offers an emotional depth and level of insight absent from most musical biographies.”
"His story is one of persevering and becoming one of the forces that changed American music."
From the Back Cover
From the start, Bob Mould wanted to make Hüsker Dü the greatest band in the worldfast and loud, but with melody and emotional depth. In See a Little Light, Mould finally tells the story of how the anger and passion of the early hardcore scene blended with his own formidable musicianship and irrepressible drive to produce some of the most important and influential music of the late twentieth century.
For the first time, Mould tells his dramatic story, opening up to describe life inside that furnace and beyond. Revealing the struggles with his own homosexuality, the complexities of his intimate relationships, and his own drug and alcohol addiction, Mould takes us on a whirlwind ride through achieving sobriety, his acclaimed solo career, creating the hit band Sugar, a surprising detour into the world of pro wrestling, and most of all, finally finding his place in the world.
A classic story of individualism and persistence, Mould's autobiography is an open account of the rich history of one of the most revered figures of punk, whose driving force altered the shape of American music.
Top customer reviews
Either way, this is but a minor point. Mould is so honest it's hard to find fault with him about anything he did in his life--and I sure don't. Anyone who has ever been in a band with the same peeps for over 3 years can certainly relate to how hard it can be to get along and make it work.
I'd like to hear from Grant and Greg now. When it comes to Husker Du history, 'The more the merrier.' Not nearly enough people know this incredible story. These guys were warriors, and they made it to the top.
For people that are not Husker Du fans, this book still would hold water, I'd submit. Family life (especially dysfunctional family life), pursuits of success, love, sexuality, the fact that it's a real account, etc, makes this book universally of interest on many levels.
It's a good book.
The book does start with a very "in your face" story of Bob and his lover. So we get that out of the way. It moves onto the more interesting accounts of his music from Husker Du to his solo career. I feel like Bob is very honest with his emotions and history. As a music lover it is always interesting to find out the background to the "hows" and "whys" an album or song makes it. I have read some other music history accounts of Bob Mould that were not very praising. It is good to read both sides.
If you really love Bob Mould's music, from any stage of his career, I would say that you would find this book very interesting.
It was very interesting to read about Mould's experiences in the music industry.
Some people may feel uncomfortable reading about his homosexuality, but that's just the way he is. It would be dishonest and incomplete if this aspect of his life was omitted from the book.