"It is also true, however, that the Replacements actively cultivated their reputations for bratty insouciance. 'Westerberg would say, as a cockeyed boast … that there wasn't a drivers license or a high school diploma among them,' Mehr writes. Wracked by self-doubt and substance abuse, they often seemed incapable of letting themselves catch a break. The group finally had a chance of earning greater mainstream success in the summer of 1989, when they landed a coveted spot opening for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but they botched that opportunity as well, performing lackadaisically nearly every night. When the tour reached Nashville, Paul announced from the stage, 'Tom Petty says if we fuck up one more time we're fired. Well, fuck you Tom Petty, and fuck you Nashville.'"
John McMillian at Creative Loafing reviews Bob Mehr's Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements.