Larry Batson, columnist and patriarch of the Hypstrz and Mighty Mofos, dead at 75

One of the best pieces of rock writing to ever come out of this burg was penned by Larry Batson in the Minneapolis Tribune in the early '80s. This was before the electronic archives allowed us to search and find just about everything, so you'll have to trust me when I say that this column, about a proud father listening to the floorboards shake as his sons Ernie and Billy roared in the basement of their northeast Minneapolis home, was as good as anything that got the elder Batson nominated for a Pulitzer. Larry Batson died Monday at the age of 75; our condolences go out to Billy and Ernie and the extended Hypstrz and Mofos family.