depressing book in none too few ways, the happy childhood life of Bob Stinson probably being the worst of it (sexual abuse at the hands of his stepfather, to go along with the physical abuse which was also inflicted on his brother). The best part of Mehr's achievement (and he can be well-pleased with it, since it's a big part of what he was going for with the book) is to render Stinson as a human being, as distinct from the 'Crazy Bob' character who crops up in a lot of the best/worst Replacements drinking and drugging stories.
Some of those stories, which I loved as a pissy teenager-to-early-twenties man, have soured a bit too - although maybe that's a sign that I've 'sold out' in some way I'm not quite cognisant of. There are still laughs - the band treating an audience of Hüsker Dü fans to a set of classic country covers, their assorted antics as Tom Petty's support act - and then...Trashing tour buses while the driver pleads with them to stop, needlessly dickheaded behaviour aimed, mostly, at people who are actually trying to help. And then we get to Paul Westerberg addressing a post-rehab Bob Stinson with the line, "Take a drink motherfucker or get off my stage", which I'm sure helped enormously