Grant Hart of indie pioneer Husker Du dies
MINNEAPOLIS — Widespread commercial success largely eluded Grant Hart and his pioneering indie-rock trio, Husker Du. But the hardworking band emerged as one of the heavyweights of Minneapolis’ burgeoning 1980s music scene and was credited with inspiring genre-defining acts that followed, including Nirvana and the Pixies.
Hart, who died Wednesday after a bout with cancer, was the drummer and co-vocalist for the band he formed with bassist Greg Norton and guitarist-singer Bob Mould in 1978 in St. Paul.
The loud, hard-edged trio toured relentlessly and ruled the local music scene, along with Prince and The Replacements. Despite never experiencing huge commercial success, Husker Du was seen as a major influence on several acts that did.
The 56-year-old Hart died late Wednesday at a Minneapolis hospital from complications of liver cancer and hepatitis C, his wife, Brigid McGough, said in an email to Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current.