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The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting: An Oral History

by Jim Walsh

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Formed in a Minneapolis basement in 1979, the Replacements were a notorious rock 'n' roll circus, renowned for self-sabotage, cartoon shtick, stubborn contrarianism, stage-fright, Dionysian benders, heart-on-sleeve songwriting, and"ultimately"critical and popular acclaim. While rock then and now is lousy with superficial stars and glossy entertainment, the Replacements were as warts-and-all "real" as it got. In the first book to take on the jumble of facts, fictions, and contradictions behind the Replacements, veteran Minneapolis music journalist Jim Walsh distills hundreds of hours of interviews with band members, their friends, families, fellow musicians, and fans into an absorbing oral history worthy of the scruffy quartet that many have branded the most influential band to emerge from the '80s. Former manager Peter Jesperson, Paul Stark and Dave Ayers of Twin/Tone Records, Bob Mould and Grant Hart of rivals H?usker D?u, the legendary Curtiss A, Soul Asylum's Dan Murphy, Lori Barbero of Babes in Toyland, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, power-pop hero Alex Chilton, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, and replacement Replacements Slim Dunlap and Steve Foley: all have something to say about the scene that spawned the band. These and dozens of others offer insights into the Replacement's workings--and the band's continuing influence more than fifteen years after their breakup. Illustrated with both rarely seen and classic photos, this, finally, is the rollicking story behind the turbulent and celebrated band that came on fast and furious and finally flamed out, chronicled by one eyewitness who was always at the periphery of the storm, and often at its eye.… (more)

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Interesting for fans, not sure it does much for folks who aren't already fans. ( )
  mhgatti | Dec 17, 2013 |
If the Replacements are your favorite-ever band (as they are mine) then you will probably love this book, a collage of reminiscences about seeing them, hearing them, and knowing them back in the day. If they aren't, you will likely feel restless long before the book is done. ( )
  scperryz | Nov 20, 2012 |
All Over But the Shouting is a collection of old and new interviews, fan reminiscences, and magazine and newspaper articles that, woven together by journalist Jim Walsh, tell the story of the Replacements, the legendary Minneapolis quartet that was a cornerstone for grunge, low-fi, and alt-country and whose influence can still be heard in today's rock music. The book's structure, however, is its very weakness, as Walsh doesn't really add any new information about the band and long-time followers will experience a bit of deja vu as they read interviews culled from old sources. Furthermore, singer/songwriter/guitarist Paul Westerberg refused to be interviewed for the project, as did bassist Tommy Stinson. As a result, fans of the band, who are the book's primary audience, won't be satisfied.

Still, a book about the Replacements that fails to live up to expectations seems somehow appropriate for a band that in many ways was about failure and dissatisfaction. Walsh's preface to the book is one of the better attempts at explaining the paradoxical appeal of the band, which, as others have pointed out, could be the greatest rock and roll band in the world one night and the worst on the next. Some nights they could go to either extreme within the the same set or even song. They were that good...or is it that they were that bad?

While I'm delighted that someone has finally assembled a book about the Replacements, the definitive story has yet to be told. I would have liked more commentary on the songs and on the band's legacy--not just the legacy as described by fans, but by musicians who were influenced by the Replacements. More stories about the group's notorious hi-jinks would have provided for comic relief, too. Let's remember that one of the most appealing things about the band is that they were, to paraphrase Robert Christgau, both fun and funny. Some of the new interviews are insightful and interesting, but alas, there is too much re-tread of old material. The passages on the dissolution and death of Bob Stinson, though, including Walsh's own eulogy delivered at the funeral, are particularly heartbreaking. His firing cast a long shadow over the band, and the book makes it clear that nothing was ever quite the same after his exit. Slim Dunlap, too, does give a few fresh and sometimes unflattering insights into the latter days of the band. A word of advice to the journeyman musician: never join your daughter's favorite band. ( )
  njteacher70 | Jan 15, 2010 |
An oral history of my favorite band: how could I not love it?

Here is one of the (rare?) cases where reading about a phenomenon is infinitely duller than experiencing it. The beauty, the excitement, the magic of listening to the Replacements is so much more enjoyable than reading about other people trying to express that beauty, excitement, and magic. Much of this book is filler--introduction, footnotes, acknowledgements, and index--but the actual oral histories are themselves uncompelling. The author is incredibly self-indulgent, reprinting his earlier articles on the 'mats in their boring entereity. Heads up, Jim Walsh: Use your talents to make music, not write about it!

Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson declined to be interviewed! That should tell you all you need to know.
My advice: Gather a group of friends, play your favorite 'placemats albums, and create your own oral history. It will be far more interesting than anything you read in this book. ( )
  librarianarpita | Feb 3, 2008 |
A Replacements bio was long overdue, and I'm incredibly grateful that Jim Walsh put together this collection of memories from fans and those in and close to the band. (Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson declined to be interviewed, instead their quotes culled mostly from older magazine stories.) Inveterate Replacements fans will find a lot familiar, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend All Over But the Shouting to a new fan. One thing that deserves mention: I did get the (not surprising) sense of us-against-them-ness; the insularity that comes with worshipping a band with a "cult following." ( )
  kperfetto | Dec 16, 2007 |
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