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See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody [Hardcover]

Bob Mould , Michael Azerrad
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7 July 2011
Bob Mould emerged at the epicenter of America's punk rock scene upon forming Hsker D in 1979. Their music roused a generation.

For the very first time, Mould opens up to tell the passionate story of life inside that furnace, creating music that mattered. He details the growth of his own music, from an early love of the Ramones to the making of Hsker D classics like 'Bed of Nails' and '59 Times the Pain.' Opening up about drug addictions, suicide, what it meant to come out as gay in a heavily hetero music world, and the band's violent implosion, Mould takes us on a whirlwind ride, culminating with his sobriety, his solo career, and creating the band Sugar.

A classic story of individualism and persistence, Mould's memoir is an open account of one man's driving force, which altered the shape of American music.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown US; 1 edition (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031604508X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316045087
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A full-force memoir from a hero of American punk, Bob Mould, the founder of Hüsker Dü, who set the standard for blazing guitar and soul-baring lyrics.

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Bob Mould is an American musician, singer / songwriter, producer, and DJ. An original member of the influential 1980s punk band Hsker D, he released several albums after the band separated. Michael Azerrad is the author of Our Band Could be Your Life

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shed a little light 18 July 2011
With the amount of rumour surrounding Hüsker Dü, the lack of documentation of Sugar and the aloof, private nature of Bob Mould it's good to get the facts direct from the source. From picking up this book I found it hard to put it down, I finished it in 2 sittings.

The book gives insight into the personality and lifestyle of Bob Mould, more so than his music and I was left with a sense that despite knowing his work so intensely I know very little about him, I was surprised by some of his opinions and thoughts. Perhaps this is because the author is brutally honest and doesn't disguise his words or feelings. The book has a steady pace and Bob does document situations and events well, this book isn't a vehicle for vitriol or fuelling feuds (or should I say not as much as I expected). If I can give one criticism I think the book lacks humour, I never laughed when reading the 400 or so pages.

Fortunately the book doesn't repeat or reword situations and events documented in Andrew Earles' Hüsker Dü book. It's a good read and Bob shares a lot with the reader, however I can't see this book appealing to those who aren't aware of Bob's music.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Candid 18 July 2011
By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Rock biographies usually conern themselves with Sex and Drugs and Rock n Roll. This is no exception but the sex is homosexual, the drugs include alcohol, amphetamines, steriods and pot. The Rock n Roll also includes electronic music and looks at Bob Mould's career, through Husker Du, Sugar and the solo work. The style is very candid and the details are good.
If you are after a detailed view of Husker Du then this may not entirely fit your bill. At 400 pages long only the first hundred or so cover Husker Du, although some of the fall out is covered later too. And Sugar as well is in here and briefly mentioned, but they were such a brief phenomenon that it is easily forgiveable that they are dealt with quickly - about 50 or so pages. Most fans will come to read this book for those two bands though and may leave feeling slightly short changed. However, the personal life insights, solo work and stories in and around the punk scene make up for this. Sure Bob feels a little unhappy about certain former band mates, but from his perspective you can understand why.

As a biography this works well, as a piece that covers the genesis of Husker Du and what followed afterwards, Nirvana is touched upon a little, it works too. Oh and it goes into how Bob got involved with professional wrestling. If you don't want to hear about Bob's homosexual outing and his dealing with that then don't pick it up - although its well covered and really gives an insight. But if you want to read a throroughly engrossing rock biography of the legend that is Bob Mould then its well worth picking up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and unputdownable! 16 July 2011
By Jules
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I've been a fan of Bob Mould for a very long time now, enjoying Husker Du, Sugar and the solo stuff. I also enjoyed reading his 'Boblog' a few years ago, so when I noticed that his autobiography had been published I purchased it straight away. In terms of public image, Bob Mould always appeared to me to be a very 'private' person, so it was quite a surprise that his autobiography is so candid. In fact, I think I found out more about Bob Mould's personal life than I actually wanted to! However it does give a good insight into the disintegration of Husker Du and the dynamics within that band. I would recommend this incredibly readable book not only to those who enjoy the music of Bob Mould, but also to fans of good writing about rock music in general. It is a great companion piece to co-writer Michael Azerrad's excellent 'Our Band Could Be Your Life,' which came out a few years ago.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A great musician but not sure about the rest 28 July 2011
I so wanted to enjoy this book. Husker Du were/are one of my all time favourite bands, I loved Copper Blue by Sugar and little else and apart from the first 2 and the last 2 solo albums (so far) I can take it or leave it with regards to his solo career. So, there's my problem straight away. I wanted it all to be all about Husker Du (like Andrew Earles' book before)but this was only a small part of Bob's life and as he mentions several times, he never looks back and has buried that band for good.

So, what are we left with, well, Bob being very candid about his life in a brutally honest fashion, which leaves room for very little emotion or humour and that killed it for me. He struck me as a dirty old man on several counts with the line, "two fists shouldn't go in that hole" sticking in my mind for longer than it should. As a previous reviewer touched upon, if you don't want to know about Gay culture then you should not pick this up as it is covered in great detail and covers BM's struggles with his sexuality throughout his life.

For me the book was a long list of I did this, then I did that, I toured here and pissed off this person here etc etc. It was interesting but not captivating at all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good ol' Bob 17 Sep 2011
I bought the audio version of this book, although I dislike that kinda thing; books are for reading not listening and they are made of paper (if you know what I mean). But it was impossible to find it anywhere so ... turns out that the audioversion has a big plus, it's Bob himself reading his book for you. So it's great to hear Bob himself telling his lifestory. And it is one amazing book, completely honest, sometimes harsh and lots of times very funny. And yes Bob is gay, blah blah blah, get over it already. Good for him and a nice FY to all the haters; yes one of your heroes is a ho-mo-sex-u-al. I think it's an amazing read/listen, insightful (on a personal and musical level) and like I said before: honest. No sugarcoating; Mr. Mould is not perfect but he's one amazing songwriter and more punkrock than 17 GreenDays put together. A must have for any fan of Bob's music and/or person interested in punkrock and alternative rock. A classic. Hopefully Morrissey is gonna come up with something of the same caliber; but I doubt that very much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of the life of a musical genius.
Bob Mould tells the tale of his life candidly. Talking about aspects of his life and business that I don't think many others would. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Subsong
5.0 out of 5 stars So much
A very interesting read. This seems a very honest recounting of a life lived across a wide landscape. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard S Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
There's not much else to say here other than if you're fan of Bob's music you will love this book. A beautifully written autobio about an artist who is both a genius, driven, and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jason C. Brayshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars My guitar hero
Great read from my guitar hero and answered a lot of questions as to why Husker Du had to implode
Published 12 months ago by MR M J COOPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is without doubt the best autobiography I have ever read. It's written in a warm, personal style that's easy to read and covers the whole of Mould's life so far. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2011 by HB
3.0 out of 5 stars Husker Don't
There's no denying the mans legacy or talent but during the reading of the sections that deal with Husker Du and Sugar you would think he was solely responsible for both bands... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by Mr. N. A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad he's seen the light.......
Is it really 20 years next year that Copper Blue was released? Man, I'm getting old. That album changed the way I looked at and listened to music and it was amongst the most... Read more
Published on 29 July 2011 by Jinxremoving73
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