It’s happening: a long-awaited career-mapping biography on The Replacements is set for release early next year.
The tome, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements, runs to 520 pages and is slated for release March 1 via Da Capo Press. It’s billed as the first-ever narrative biography from the band, a one-time gang of four Minneapolis misfits who went on to achieve greatness in underground post-punk circles and became a rare example of a celebrated indie band who managed a successful leap into the major label world.
Trouble Boys’ author Bob Mehr, a Mojo journalist, enlisted the support of the rockers’ key members, including singer-songwriter Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson, guitarist Slim Dunlap, and the family of late band founder Bob Stinson.
The book, details for which are announced today, was nearly 10 years in the making and it promises to explore “the primal factors and forces — addiction, abuse, fear — that would shape one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive groups of all-time,” according to a press statement.
“After years of work, hopefully this story comes across as passionately and powerfully as their music,” says Mehr, who has launched a website for the project. Trouble Boys coincides with the 35th anniversary of the cacophonous Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, the Replacements’ debut album.