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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Mould Narrator: Bob Mould Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781611135732
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The long-awaited, full-force autobiography of American punk music hero, Bob Mould



Bob Mould stormed into America's punk rock scene in 1979, when clubs across the country were filling with kids dressed in black leather and torn denim, packing in to see bands like the Ramones, Black Flag, and the Dead Kennedys. Hardcore punk was a riot of jackhammer rhythms, blistering tempos, and bottomless aggression. And at its center, a new band out of Minnesota called Hüsker Dü was bashing out songs and touring the country on no money, driven by the inspiration of guitarist and vocalist Bob Mould. Their music roused a generation.



From the start, Mould wanted to make Hüsker Dü the greatest band in the world - faster and louder than the hardcore standard, but with melody and emotional depth. In SEE A LITTLE LIGHT, Mould finally tells the story of how the anger and passion of the early hardcore scene blended with his own formidable musicianship and irrepressible drive to produce some of the most important and influential music of the late 20th century.



For the first time, Mould tells his dramatic story, opening up to describe life inside that furnace and beyond. Revealing the struggles with his own homosexuality, the complexities of his intimate relationships, as well as his own drug and alcohol addiction, Mould takes us on a whirlwind ride through achieving sobriety, his acclaimed solo career, creating the hit band Sugar, a surprising detour into the world of pro wrestling, and most of all, finally finding his place in the world.



A classic story of individualism and persistence, Mould's autobiography is an open account of the rich history of one of the most revered figures of punk, whose driving force altered the shape of American music.




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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beninbrooklyn | 2/17/2014

    " If you're a fan of Bob Mould, Husker Du or the 80s punk scene in general (The Replacements, Black Flag, Minutemen, etc.), this is a fascinating read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Ockmond | 2/17/2014

    " As the book went along I thought Bob started to sound more like a dick, however the stories of life in the underground punk scene and then general rock n roll continued to have nuggets of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/16/2014

    " I've always dug Sugar and Bob Mould, and now I dig him even more after reading about his life. Very open, interesting, and honest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/15/2014

    " Bob Mould gives us plenty of details about his interesting life as founding member of Husker Du, Sugar and then numerous musical transformations of himself, not to mention living as a homosexual in the hard-core music scene. The highlights of this book were Mould sharing grisly details of his (often) difficult relationships with band members (his own and others) and his personal ups and downs as a homosexual and evolution as a gay man. Sadly, despite all of the interesting stories, Mould comes off as SO egotistical. Too many pats on the back and the overall I-am-a-punkrock-God tone of this memoir make it hard take seriously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 2/2/2014

    " Much as I love Husker Du and Bob's later work, this book is a letdown. Bob provides a little insight into where some of his songs are coming from, and a tiny bit about the recording process, but I don't feel like I learned anything (the chapter on Husker Du in Azerrad's book gives a better sense of the band and its music). The prose is bland, and none of the descriptions ever come to life. It's no surprise that Bob is uncharitable towards his collaborators in Husker Du, but while I understand that they can't stand each other, he could have at least given some space to the joy he must have found in the music. In contrast, the relentless self-congratulation about his own talent makes his other judgments suspect. For Mould fans only. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jesse | 1/31/2014

    " A strange reading experience, largely because I'm really only a Husker Du fan and didn't know much about Mould's existence beyond that band. As a result, I was rapt through the chapters about HD, but kind of snoozed through the solo-project and Sugar material. Much more interesting to me was the autobiographical searching and the story of Mould's self-discovery not so much as a gay dude but as a non-self-hating gay dude who wanted to be part of a greater gay community after spending most of his life not closeted but just quietly doing his own thing, cohabitating with his boyfriend, and doing indie music. At times he comes across as arrogant and self-congratulatory, though I believe his stories about other people's shittiness, particularly Grant Hart's. He regained my interest toward the end of the book with his stories of going full-bore into celebration of queerness, finding himself in the bear community, and learning to embrace his family of choice. Still, I'd have enjoyed the book much more if it had been mostly about Husker Du-- however, I'm sure he'd rather write about his whole life, rather than the part of his life I'm most interested in. Overall, this is well-written and engaging, and has a bunch of really great anecdotes in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garth Wolkoff | 1/22/2014

    " Cranky, self-absorbed, and repetitive, just like a Bob Mould guitar solo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim G | 1/21/2014

    " I love Bob Mould's music (even Modulate, dammit) and appreciated this memoir on some levels, but so much of it left me cold or gave me second-hand embarrassment. I mean, I get it, packing up and moving sucks, but if I had a jar full of all the f-cks I give about Bob Mould's real estate shenanigans, I'd have an empty jar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 1/20/2014

    " Great auto-biography of a very cool guy and great musician. His journey struck a few chords with me (no pun intended) and it was good to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 12/22/2013

    " if you are a Husker Du fan its worth the read for the history, but the writing is certainly not as powerful or poetic as the music. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marta | 10/12/2013

    " Still processing how I feel about knowing this much about one of my favorite musicians. I certainly got a lot of insight into his music. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louie Verile JR. | 10/1/2013

    " Fantastic! As a longtime fan it was great to read the stories behind the songs I love that bob has created! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaelen | 9/13/2013

    " I loved it, but I'm a huge Bob Mould fan -- great reading for fans, probably not that interesting to the uninitiated. Bob Mould is a thoughtful and fascinating guy and it was wonderful to get so much insight into what was behind the songs I have loved for years. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Raffin | 4/11/2013

    " The book that made me hate Bob Mould. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck Hermes | 3/21/2013

    " This is a great glimpse into the inspiration behind Bob Mould's songs. A great read but especially fun for those who were in Minneapolis and experiencing Husker Du and Sugar as they happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Musto | 3/21/2013

    " I want to make this 4 1/2 stars but I'll round up since it is, after, Bob fricking Mould. This book is Bob distilled. It is honest, unfiltered, and unafraid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Face | 2/18/2013

    " Could have been so much better if it was a bit more focused. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg Just-greg | 11/15/2012

    " I couldn't finish it. I thought I liked him until I read this. I made it about 3/4 of the way through then his egotistical, whiny, poor me attitude got to be to much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 7/12/2012

    " some rock stars fill their books with tales of booze, women and drugs. for bob, its all about the labels, management and recording studios. that doesn't necessarily make for a good read. i did learn, tho, that if you're in bob's band, its bob's band. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Hill | 12/8/2011

    " Come for the punk rock stories. Stay for the big hairy gay dudes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 6/27/2011

    " Good for fans. I'm a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 6/14/2011

    " Well worth your time if you're a fan of Bob's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louie | 6/5/2011

    " Fantastic! As a longtime fan it was great to read the stories behind the songs I love that bob has created! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 6/3/2011

    " I haven't read this yet. But Bob Mould is Dog or God or something. The man is a genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 1/28/2011

    " A fun look at Mould's life, first as a member of one of the most important bands in American rock history and later as a 30-something gay man exploring what it means to be comfortable in his own sexuality. Docked one star because I wanted more Hüsker Dü and less Blowoff. "

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About the Author
Author Bob Mould

Bob Mould is an American musician, singer / songwriter, producer, and DJ. An original member of the influential 1980s punk band Hüsker Dü, he released several albums after the band separated, including WorkbookCopper BlueBody of Song, and Life and Times. He lives in San Francisco.