"The Replacements were an American indie rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979 who were pioneers of alternative rock. The band was composed of the guitarist and vocalist Paul Westerberg, guitarist Bob Stinson, bass guitarist Tommy Stinson and drummer Chris Mars for most of its career. This is a deeply intimate and nuanced portrait, exposing the primal factors and forces - addiction, abuse, fear - that would shape one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive groups of all time. Beginning with riveting revelations about the band members' troubled early years - which were scarred by alcoholism and mental health issues - the author tracks the group as they rise within the early '80s American underground and chronicles the making of classic LPs like Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, and Let It Be. Signing to Warner's Sire Records, the Replacements became one of the first indie bands to make the transition to a major record label world. The darker truths behind the band's legendary drinking, showing how their addictions first came to define them and then nearly destroyed them. An exploration of the life and tragic death of founding member Bob Stinson, who was fired from the group and later passed away at the age of thirty-five. By the end of their twelve-year run in 1991, the band's tightly held bonds had frayed as drummer Chris Mars was fired and Westerberg's depression, drinking, and desire to go solo became all-consuming. The band's break-up came in front of 20,000 people onstage at Chicago's Grant Park as they ceremoniously handed off their instruments to their road crew and disappeared, seemingly for good. Trouble Boys then traces Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson's subsequent efforts to find careers of their own, and it reveals the Replacements' impact and influence on successive generations of artists - from the Flaming Lips to the Pixies, Nirvana to Green Day, the Wallflowers to Wilco"--Provided by publisher.