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See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody

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The long-awaited, full-force autobiography of American punk music hero, Bob Mould

Bob Mould stormed into America's punk rock scene in 1979, when clubs across the country were filling with kids dressed in black leather and torn denim, packing in to see bands like the Ramones, Black Flag, and the Dead Kennedys. Hardcore punk was a riot of jackhammer rhythms, blistering tempos, and bottomless aggression. And at its center, a new band out of Minnesota called Hüsker Dü was bashing out songs and touring the country on no money, driven by the inspiration of guitarist and vocalist Bob Mould. Their music roused a generation.

From the start, Mould wanted to make Hüsker Dü the greatest band in the world - faster and louder than the hardcore standard, 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 20th 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, as well as 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.

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"Mould's memoir is in many ways a long, slow self-immolation. Growing up in an abusive household in the small town of Malone, NY, Mould discovered two things that quickly set him apart: he was gay and he was captivated by punk rock. Pouring himself into a punk subculture in the Twin Cities, Mould tore through the eighties with one of the seminal punk rock acts of the era, Hüsker Dü, all the while keeping his sexual identity a relative secret. Mould succeeds in bringing this time to brilliant, blinding life with frenetic and vivid snapshots of the road and the eventual dissolution of the band. But what keeps things compelling is Mould's ability to sincerely reveal himself to the reader as each relationship — business or personal — propels him into the next chapter of his eventful life. Whether it is his unexpected and hilarious left turn to scriptwriting for professional wrestling, his busy career as one half of the DJ team Blowoff, or his hesitant and ultimately affirming embrace of mainstream gay culture, Mould never fails to captivate and inspire. (Jun.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Bob Mould is an American musician, singer / songwriter, producer, and DJ. An original member of the influential 1980s punk band Hüsker Dü, he released several albums after the band separated, including Workbook, Copper Blue, Body of Song, and Life and Times. He lives in San Francisco.



Michael Azerrad is the author of the books Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991, and Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana. His writings on music and musicians have appeared in numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, Spin, and the New York Times. He lives in New York City.

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Jason Burg, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by Jason Burg)
OK, so I might be a little biased with this review simply because Bob Mould was/is a true icon and a genuine hero of mine. In my formative years in the 80's as an artsy, skate punk type character, Husker Du (Bob's first band) spoke to me like no other band. Fortunately, this biography/memoir lived up to the high expectations I had before reading. This book is an honest, "lay it out there" account from an angry, gay, young man struggling to find his place in the early 80's punk-hardcore scene. As his band rises in popularity and critical acclaim, his struggle to define his own identity seemed to get more difficult. Mould recalls his relationships, his friends along the way and the unfortunate demise of the epochal Husker Du. Redefining himself as a solo artist, leader of new band, Sugar and then as solo artist again, we get a glimpse of the rollercoaster-like ride rock and roll can deliver. Sure, there are the tales of drugs, booze and punk-foolery you'd expect in any rock and roll memoir, but with Mould finally accepting and loving himself, we get a heart-on-sleeve story in the same contemplative narrative as Patti Smith's book, "Just Kids." Assisted in writing by Michael Azerrad, author of indie-rock classic book, "Our Band Could Be Your Life," Mould's voice becomes stronger and more reflective. It was rewarding to reach the end of book and feel a sense of satisfaction and comfort knowing that someone I respect has found peace and purpose. I recommend this book to any rock fan or anyone who may be looking for their own place in this great universe. Oh, and fantastic photos from Mould's own collection included as well. Enjoy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316045087
Subtitle:
The Trail of Rage and Melody
Author:
Mould, Bob
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Publication Date:
20110615
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.75 x 6.5 x 1.5 in 1.51 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mould's memoir is in many ways a long, slow self-immolation. Growing up in an abusive household in the small town of Malone, NY, Mould discovered two things that quickly set him apart: he was gay and he was captivated by punk rock. Pouring himself into a punk subculture in the Twin Cities, Mould tore through the eighties with one of the seminal punk rock acts of the era, Hüsker Dü, all the while keeping his sexual identity a relative secret. Mould succeeds in bringing this time to brilliant, blinding life with frenetic and vivid snapshots of the road and the eventual dissolution of the band. But what keeps things compelling is Mould's ability to sincerely reveal himself to the reader as each relationship — business or personal — propels him into the next chapter of his eventful life. Whether it is his unexpected and hilarious left turn to scriptwriting for professional wrestling, his busy career as one half of the DJ team Blowoff, or his hesitant and ultimately affirming embrace of mainstream gay culture, Mould never fails to captivate and inspire. (Jun.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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