Punk Rock’s Pitcher of Spitballs

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See a Little LightSee a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody
by Bob Mould, with Michael Azerrad
Little, Brown & Co.  416 pages, $24.99

 

IF YOU’RE LIKE ME and are occasionally presented with lists of the most influential gays and lesbians in popular music, you may have found yourself wondering: what about Bob? Best known as the lead singer of Hüsker Dü in the 80’s and Sugar in the 90’s, Bob Mould is a founding but often forgotten father of American punk rock. His first book, See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, should set that record straight, as here for the first time Mould talks openly about that tumultuous trail from an insecure gay kid growing up in rural New York to a major force in alternative rock. Mould’s new memoir gives us a glimpse into the offstage agonies that made him, as he puts it, a “loud emotional person” and a “screaming hulk on stage.”

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