Books — October 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm

New Hüsker Dü biography due in 2010

"Husker Du: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock"

Voyageur Press, the imprint behind the 2007 oral history “The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting,” next year will publish a new book about another Twin Cities-bred pillar of ’80s college rock: Hüsker Dü.

Andrew Earles’ 304-page “Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock” is scheduled to be published either May 15, sometime in April or July 15, depending on whether you believe the publisher, or, respectively.

In an interview posted on Scratch Records’ Web site, Earles — a freelance writer and occasional comic/crank-caller — explains that he originally submitted a pitch to profile Hüsker Dü’s 1985 album Flip Your Wig for the 33 1/3 book series, but was rejected. He posted the proposal online, and Voyageur showed interest: “So far, it is progressing along as a semi-authorized project. … the editor got in contact with me and asked me if I’d be interested in writing a long-form biography. I then wrote a long outline, a short proposal, and we got the green light.”

The publisher’s blurb:

Bob Mould, Grant Hart, and Greg Norton formed Hüsker Dü in 1979 as a wildly cathartic outfit fueled by a cocktail of anger, volume and velocity. Here’s the first book to dissect the trio that countless critics and musicians have cited as one of the most influential bands of the 1980s. Author Andrew Earles examines how Hüsker Dü became the first hardcore band to marry pop melodies with psychedelic influences and ear-shattering volume. Readers witness the band create the untouchable noise-pop of LPs like New Day Rising, Flip Your Wig and Candy Apple Grey, not to mention the sprawling double-length Zen Arcade. Few bands from the original American indie movement did more to inform the alternative rock styles that breached the mainstream in the 1990s. Hüsker Dü truly were visionaries.

While the book is being pitched as the first to examine the Hüskers in-depth, it won’t be the only title released in 2010 to do that. Last year, Little, Brown and Company announced it will publish Bob Mould’s autobiography — co-written by Michael Azerrad, who included a chapter on Hüsker Dü in his 2001 epic “Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991”— in fall 2010.


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