Have you heard the news? The Replacements are back! Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson recently reunited in the studio to record an EP of covers as a benefit for former guitarist Slim Dunlap. For those unfamiliar with this legendary band, check out Jim Walsh's absorbing account of its history in The Replacements: All Over But The Shouting.
Told in an oral history fashion, Walsh collects interviews from dozens of people associated with the band and the thriving Minneapolis scene of '80s. The 'Mats (as they were called by their hardcore fans) were known for their wild, unpredictable live shows, which could vary between brilliance and utter slop depending on the night. Massively influential, their style and sound echoed throughout the '90s and 2000s. Be sure to get your hands on some of their music if you haven't heard it--the library has several of their albums available!
Brett @ Central