'Trouble Boys: The True Adventures of the Replacements,' by Bob Mehr
They never had a Gold record, but the saga of the Replacements is the stuff of deeply compelling drama: A great band emerges from Minneapolis, slowly amasses a dedicated following and proves to be their own worst enemy. Between their contrarian mentality, the inter-band tensions and their epic consumption of alcohol (among other things), the group's reputation became almost as notable as their music. Bob Mehr's biography of the group is comprehensive, giving a sense of the personalities that comprised the band and the music that influenced them, as well as powerfully recounting the tragic story of founding guitarist Bob Stinson. There are memorable appearances along the way: Bob Mould, Peter Buck and a wonderfully surreal Barbra Streisand cameo. T.C.