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See a Little Light

The Trail of Rage and Melody
By: Bob Mould
Narrated by: Bob Mould
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
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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.

©2011 Bob Mould (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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  • Warner
  • 26-06-2015

BOB MOULD: THE LAST GREAT UNICORN

As a straight 45 year old woman, I am still in love with Bob Mould's music and the man himself. (...and heartbroken that he likes men). I absolutely loved this book. What a great history of all the music I love and grew up listening to.

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  • Rob
  • 04-10-2011

Terrifically honest, a real and engaging story

Would you listen to See a Little Light again? Why?

Yes - great spoken performance, and I need to listen again just to capture all the references to influential musicians etc

What did you like best about this story?

Pacing and timeline - Bob's career covered well in all details

What does Bob Mould bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Bob's voice!

Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?

The Husker Du split and suicide of David Savoy

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  • Scott
  • 16-06-2011

More Bob than you have a right to.

One of my favorite musicians writes an autobiography. This hasn't always worked out too well. Getting assistance from Michael Azerrad gave me some positive feelings about this one when it was coming down the road, and it turned out even better that I had anticipated. Well written, this look at Bob Mould's personal history and life in music really doesn't have a dull spot. He doesn't beat you over the head with information, he keeps things moving in the same way a good friend tells you a story about something that just happened to them.

Authors reading their own work is always hit or miss. Here, it absolutely hits. His relaxed reading style really makes you feel like someone is reading to you, just you, and not reading woodenly from pages.

Husker Du fans, Bob's solo fans, Sugar fans, rejoice! This book will satisfy any urge to glean information about those time-frames in his life. That he opens up and shares more than anyone would expect is just the icing on that cake you've heard about. Highly recommended.

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  • Moose
  • 07-05-2018

I found Bob's narration less than engaging.

I thought the book was decent, but Bob's narration leaves a lot to be desired. His constant sighing, his mocking impressions, and his overall tone of being totally annoyed I found off-putting. It's as if he thought reading his own book was a complete pain in the butt and not worth his time. I love Bob's music and I think he is an extremely important artist, but I wish he'd gotten someone else to narrative his story.

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  • Tony
  • 26-06-2017

Bob raw, but as a narrator...?

Would you listen to See a Little Light again? Why?

Nope!

What didn’t you like about Bob Mould’s performance?

While the story of Bob's life was fascinating and gut-wrenching at times, his performance as narrator took me out of the book way too often. You could tell at way too many times in the book that he really didn't want to be reading it. If it's possible to hear someone roll their eyes, it's found within this book.

Any additional comments?

It's tough giving a book as open and honest as this a so-so review but my main complaints are not about the quality of the writing or of the subject matter but listening to Bob read his own work. If I was writing a review of just the book, it would be different but this is a review of the audiobook, so being specific to that is what I'm striving to do.

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  • Billy
  • 07-01-2015

Became an obsession.

I like books about musicians and music. Although I wasn't fully knowledgable of his music, I became intrigued by his story. The book took a lot of twists and turns that I didn't expect. Very interesting.

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  • Pierce Knight
  • 28-08-2019

Good listen for long time fans or new comers

As a long time fan of his music, it was interesting to hear the stories in Bob's own words and voice. The emotions good and bad in his voice made it better for me vs. just reading the text. You could tell that certain parts of the book were hard for him to read, but that is what got my wife into it. She didn't know his work, but after we listened for hours on a recent vacation she was hooked on how his life went along talking back/giving advice multiple times during stories about relationships.

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  • MEC
  • 21-10-2015

Thanks Bob!!!

Great to hear Bob read this inspiring life story (so far)... I Have allways been such a huge Husker Du fan from the start.

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  • Dennis Charles
  • 24-03-2015

Excellent history of one of music's good guys

Honest and compelling account of Bob's life read by the author. Very introspective and detailed, a story of redemption. Highly recommended.

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  • Robbie Red
  • 10-08-2019

A Strong Narrative

Overall, I was impressed by this story of one of my favourite musicians who has led, in many ways, a groundbreaking life. Lots of detail (perhaps too much?) and the only other minor quibble was his deadpan delivery made him sound occasionally bored with his own life!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-2017

Big fan of Bob's music, not sure about this though

it was great to learn more about Bob, the chronology of his music and the events that shaped him, and that his struggles and life are pretty ordinary. I found the narration dry, depressed and uninspiring though.

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  • S Tickner
  • 07-09-2015

Honest & engaging

I loved this book. Bob's delivery was refreshingly candid and delivered in his own slightly deadpan (yet still entertaining) style.
I was a big Sugar fan but didn't find Husker Du till later in life. it covers all this and his solo career too but...more importantly, it strikes a great balance between describing his music career and his own personal journey (particularly around his sexuality) in equally satisfying amounts.
If you're someone who just wants a list of musical events, dates and releases, this isn't the book for you. If you want to really want to get to know Bob Mould and understand his personal story, life and times, then read this.

I read a lot of music biogs and this rates in my top 3. No question.
Highly recommended!