But as the day goes on, City Pages will also be offering our own tributes to the local music great, supplementing our early morning obituary with remembrances, observations, and relics from the past that we find floating around online.
Twitter testimonials to Hart are already rolling in.
Grant Hart wrote some of the songs that matter the most to me. Thank you and Rest in Peace.
— Craig Finn (@steadycraig) September 14, 2017
RIP Grant Hart
Your music saved my life.
It was with me the day I left home.
It’s with me now.
Travel safely to the summerlands. pic.twitter.com/B8JfIdp57H
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) September 14, 2017
Here’s local raconteur and impressario Ian Rains on Hart’s wilder side:
Grant Hart stole my car once. I was in it, and if had been anyone else, I’d have called this a… https://t.co/QQJNZOcZiI
— drinkingwithian (@drinkingwithian) September 14, 2017
And here’s veteran local musician Matt Helgeson remembering how Hart always remained a part of the Twin Cities music scene:
1) the thing about Grant Hart people who have not been involved in Minneapolis punk or underground music won’t understand is that (cont)
— Matt Helgeson (@MattHelgeson) September 14, 2017
And from YouTube, here’s a record of the promotional blitz the band carried out for their final studio album, Warehouse: Songs and Stories in 1987. First, their storied appearance on The Late Show with Joan Rivers.
And here’s an even more interesting, less widely circulated clip from around the same time: Hüsker Dü meets Bryant Gumbel on The Today Show, taped in downtown Minneapolis. The ’80s were a strange time indeed.
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