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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: 16.5 x 3.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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"As a long time fan, I feel so grateful that Bob chose to share his life story in such a candid and open manner. "See A Little Light" stands tall with the greatest rock and roll memoirs of all time."--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.'--Margaret Cho "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 story--and which makes "See a Little Light" such a compelling and rewarding read."--"ForeWord Reviews" "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."--"Chicago Sun-Times" " After all, if you take my word for it, "See A Little Light" is a treat, an absolutely-first-tier rock autobiography."--"LA Weekly" "[A] brutally honest autobiography tour de force."--"Village Voice" ""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."--"NPR" "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."--"Publishers Weekly" "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."--Biblioklept "His story is one of persevering and becoming one of the forces that changed American music."--Amos Lassen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M Savage on 18 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 July 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.A ML on 7 Mar. 2015
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I initially was just going to read a couple of chapters of this book as I am currently reading something else, but found it such an interesting read I just raced through it. Contrary to what I have heard, there is a fair bit of light shed on the Husker Du break up and it was interesting to hear Bob's take on it. (I have heard Grant's version of events several times!) It was interesting to read about Bob's struggles with being gay whilst also being part of a fairly aggressive music movement, and also hear him speak candidly about a troubled homelife. However, I do think he is quite harsh on the other band members, particularly Greg (and both Grant and Greg have since said..in different interviews..Bob's version of certain events is far different to how they remember. Greg, unlike Grant seems like a pretty chilled out guy with no axe to grind. Bob states at one point he just doesn't remember one of the Husker Du entourage dropping the bombshell to him that Grant was using heroin...how on earth would you not remember being told that about a band mate?? Despite finding the book very enjoyable I think Bob likes to paint himself in a good light whilst putting others down and perhaps conveniently remembering certain things differently). So summing up, a highly fascinating read, but very one sided in terms of the Husker Du situation - I'd love to read a book by Greg or Grant - although quite what Grant might come out with is anybodies guess.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jinxremoving73 on 29 July 2011
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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 amazing nights I can recall to watch the gig at Nottingham Polytechnic to support the album. I was thoroughly blown away. This experience opened the door to a man, Bob Mould, who in 1992 had a back catalogue that would engross and entertain for years. I was too young to see Husker Du and to see them in their pomp with the drive and aggression they had on stage must have seemed inspirational. I've seen Bob play live around 10 times; awesome at Brixton playing Beaster in 1993, reflective playing at the Rescue Rooms in 2006 and to watch him play in London in 2005 and open with the first 3 songs from Copper Blue was almost an out of body experience, irrespective of the poor acoustics within the venue. Between 1993 and 2005, I have to be honest I was indifferent to the solo output and the fabled diversion into electronic and dance with the Loud Bomb project. I guess the point of this waffle is that what made him great in 1992 he had come to terms with in 2005 and this book has a lot of brutal honesty and frankness within; a lot of introspection and coming to terms. Time is a great healer it is said but some of the events in the man's childhood, one particularly harrowing, have helped create the person that Bob has seemed at times to struggle to come to terms with. Reading this book helps make sense of what happened and how the outlet of the music reflects the changes in his personal life and circumstances. This is a catharsis for Mr Mould and I for one felt privileged to read it. Given the quantity of alcohol and drugs consumed through his time with Husker Du, I'm surprised he can remember a damn thing!Read more ›
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