The Replacements in a Live Photo


Black and white photos of rock bands playing live are always stunning for their details. Would this be better in color? No, I don't think so. The lights at rock and roll shows tend to ruin things--is that the fault of the big light show bands from the 1970s or is that just the absurd decision to try to make the lights cover up for bad music?

The Replacements look like they're trying here. Bob's dress means that they're in it to win it. Bob Stinson was one of the most underrated performers in the history of rock and roll. A genius in his own right. I can still remember when he passed away.

Of course, this gig could have dissolved into drunken covers and half-hearted ballads. Still brilliant, though.