Grant Hart: Hüsker Dü drummer/co-songwriter dies at 56

“The tragic news of Grant’s passing was not unexpected to me. My deepest condolences and thoughts to Grant’s family, friends, and fans around the world,” Hüsker Dü’s Bob Mould wrote Thursday via Facebook of Hart, who had been battling cancer. “Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember.”

In the 1980s with Hüsker Dü’, Hart & Co. produced a vortex of harmony and rage that would set the template for alt-rock and indie-rock. The power-blasting trio formed in 1979, produced six acclaimed full-length albums, and inharmoniously split in 1988. 

Hart fronted the band Nova Mob in the ’90s, then focused on his solo career. His last solo album, The Argument, dropped in 2014. News of Hart’s death comes just ahead of the November release of Savage Young Dü, the sprawling, much-hyped Hüsker Dü boxset. 

Read Mould’s entire post below. 

And here’s a classic Hart song from Hüsker Dü. RIP.