"The stuff of deeply compelling drama"--Rolling Stone, "10 Best Music Books of 2016"
"The sort of music journalism that reminds you why people bother with music journalism in the first place"--NPR, Best Books of 2016
"A page-turner from beginning to end and should find its way onto every music fan's bookshelf. It offers a master class on how to pen a rock biography."--Library Journal (starred review)
"The destruction. The volume. The cruelty. The charm. The songs. The songs. The songs. To live close to Paul Westerberg's material was to be lifted--then bent by it. The songs were that good. Mehr shows us that no one, Westerberg included, knew quite what to do with it all. It was underrated, overrated, obsessed over, ignored--never anything in the middle. But somewhere between the Replacements' path of destruction, epic but ultimately empty, and the beauty and honesty of Westerberg's writing, there was a band, a band whose story has for too long remained unknown and unknowable. This book gets us closer than we've ever been. Mehr brings us one of the great American rock 'n' roll stories and all the hurt that came with it."--Warren Zanes, author of Petty: The Biography and Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records--The First Fifty Years
"The Replacements spent a decade of their lives making some of the most emotive rock music never to hit the mainstream. Bob Mehr has spent a decade of his life researching their story. Balancing a fan's enthusiasm with journalistic perspective, he now delivers it in richly detailed and powerfully unvarnished form. Finally, the 'Mats get the book they deserve."--Tony Fletcher, author of Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend and A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths
"It is the best band biography of all time. Want to know why? First, underdog stories are an American tradition going back to our underdog story in the Revolutionary War. Second, the Replacements is the most commercially underrated band in the last 30 years.... Third, there are more incredible moments here (that are too crazy to be fictional accounts) than any band ever, period."--PopMatters
"Bob Mehr has given us a book, a real book, that will draw you in whether or not you give a fig about rock 'n' roll or any world but your own."--Nick Tosches, author of Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story and Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams