How The Replacements Straddled A Fine Line Between Fame And Failure09:53

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The Replacements remain one of rock's best-loved bands. But they also lived up to the title of a biography released this year — "Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements."

"Opportunity disregarded," is the way author Bob Mehr (@bobmehr) describes the band's career, which started when they formed in Minneapolis in 1979 and ended when the broke up in 1991.

Here & Now's Alex Ashlock spoke with Mehr in March at Ardent Studios in Memphis, where the Replacements recorded one of their albums, "Pleased To Meet Me."

This segment aired on December 29, 2016.


Alex Ashlock Twitter Producer, Here & Now
Alex Ashlock was a producer for Here & Now since 2005. He started his WBUR career as senior producer of Morning Edition in 1998.