Grant Hart of in­die pi­o­neer Husker Du dies

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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.

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