RIP Grant Hart: Tweets from fans and friends, TV clips from the long ago ‘80s


Grant Hart preparing to rock Bryant Gumbel right out of his sweater vest on the Today Show in 1987. YouTube

The best way to mourn Grant Hart, of course, is to listen to his music -- both his astounding songs for Hüsker Dü and the many (often underrated) recordings he left us in nearly three decades after that monstrous indie power trio disbanded.

But in addition to listening to his music, Hart's friends and fans have been sharing eloquent remembrances of their experiences with him.

Both of Hart's Hüsker Dü bandmates paid tribute to him on Facebook.

And many of the musicians Hart influenced said goodbye on Twitter.

Here's local raconteur and impressario Ian Rains on Hart's wilder side.

Veteran local rocker Matt Helgeson stressed Hart's continuing commitment to the Twin Cities scene in this thread.

But perhaps best of all is this long farewell from Ken Shipley of the Numero Group, the label that's reissuing Hüsker Dü's classic material.

And from YouTube, here's a record of the promotional blitz the band carried out for their final studio album, Warehouse: Songs and Stories in 1987. First, their storied appearance on The Late Show with Joan Rivers.

And here's an even more interesting, less widely circulated clip from around the same time: Hüsker Dü meets Bryant Gumbel on The Today Show, taped in downtown Minneapolis. The '80s were a strange time indeed.

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