Host Rich Tupica chats with the talented music writer Bob Mehr, author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements — a New York Times bestseller. The conversation digs back to his early days as a music fan, and how he eventually became a full-time music writer. Of course, we dig into how it was working with members of The Replacements, and how it took years to get that massive project rolling.
Mehr, who is also the music critic for The Commercial Appeal [in Memphis] and a longtime correspondent for MOJO magazine, has produced a series of archival releases for the Replacements, including For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986, the acclaimed box set Dead Man’s Pop and the recent deluxe reissue of Pleased to Meet Me. Mehr was nominated for a Grammy for his album notes to Dead Man’s Pop, and has written essays for releases by the Kinks, Warren Zevon, Big Star, the Dixie Chicks, Al Green and many others. A native of Los Angeles, he lives in Memphis, Tennessee. Stick around until the end of the interview to hear about that time Paul Westerberg mailed Mehr one of his teeth.