Bob Mould is one of my all-time heroes, and See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody is a goddamn amazing book.
As he tells the story in his autobiography (written alongside music journalist and Our Band Could Be Your Life), Bob Mould tells the story of his childhood, his introduction to the power of music, and his struggle with his own sexuality and personal identity. The backdrop is the independent/”alternative” music scene of the 1980’s and 1990’s, in a post-hardcore and grunge-seeped world.
The players? The members of Bob’s various bands, from the groundbreaking Husker Du to the groundswelling Sugar to his solo works and DJ/electronic work. Not to mention Mould himself, who’s pretty honest about his flaws, the way his life went, and why he made the decisions he made. He’ll admit to having been a less-than-stellar friend, member of a relationship, and band member, but also talks pretty honestly about some of the things he’s seen and known in his years as an influential member of the indie music community.
Look…if you know who Bob Mould is, then you’re a fan and there’s no real reason not to read this book. If you aren’t and are just interested in books about music, or aren’t a music fan but are interested in reading a great example of someone coming to terms with their sexuality and how it can be a lifelong struggle to pin down sexual and personal identity, you should still pick this up for a read.
And even if you AREN’T a Mould fan, a fan of books about personal identity, or a fan of books about music…well, then I don’t really know if I want to be friends with you, because your taste in music and books is probably terrible.