Grant Hart RIP

Husker Du man passes

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Rhythm is sad­dened to re­port the pass­ing of Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart.

Grant Hart, who was drum­mer and vo­cal­ist for alt rock pi­o­neers Hüsker Dü, has died at the age of 56. Hart’s pass­ing comes fol­low­ing a bat­tle with liver can­cer.

Husker Du front­man Bob Mould broke the news on so­cial me­dia:

“The tragic news of Grant’s pass­ing was not un­ex­pected to me,” he said. “My deep­est con­do­lences and thoughts to Grant’s fam­ily, friends, and fans around the world. Grant Hart was a gifted vis­ual artist, a won­der­ful sto­ry­teller, and a fright­en­ingly-tal­ented mu­si­cian. Ev­ery­one touched by his spirit will al­ways re­mem­ber.”

Mould and Hart formed Hüsker Dü af­ter meet­ing at a Min­nesota record store in the late 1970s.

In his so­cial me­dia trib­ute, Mould dis­cussed the pair’s mu­si­cal re­la­tion­ship.

“The next nine years of my life was spent side-by-side with Grant,” he wrote. “We made amaz­ing mu­sic to­gether. We (al­most) al­ways agreed on how to present our col­lec­tive work to the world. When we fought about the de­tails, it was be­cause we both cared. The band was our life. It was an amaz­ing decade.

“We stopped work­ing to­gether in Jan­uary 1988,” Mould con­tin­uted. “We went on to solo ca­reers, fronting our own bands, find­ing dif­fer­ent ways to tell our in­di­vid­ual sto­ries. We stayed in con­tact over the next 29 years — some­times peace­ful, some­times dif­fi­cult, some­times through go-be­tweens. For bet­ter or worse, that’s how it was, and oc­ca­sion­ally that’s what it is when two peo­ple care deeply about ev­ery­thing they built to­gether.”

The pair, joined by bass player Greg Nor­ton, re­leased six al­bums be­fore go­ing their sep­a­rate ways in 1988.

Their in­flu­ence can be heard in a slew of bands that fol­lowed them through­out the ’90s and on­wards. Mem­bers of Nir­vana, Pix­ies, the Smash­ing Pump­kins and even Me­tal­lica are among those artists to have spo­ken of their love for the band over the years.

Fol­low­ing the band’s split, Hart moved out from be­hind the kit and fronted his new band, Nova Mob and em­barked on a solo ca­reer. He re­leased his last solo work in 2013 with TheAr­gu­ment al­bum.

Rhythm would like to state our con­do­lences to Hart’s fam­ily, friends and band­mates. Grant Hart, 1961-2017.

Hüsker Dü: Grant Hart (cen­tre) who died on 13 Septem­ber 2017

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