Grant Hart, drummer for Husker Du, dies of cancer at 56

- Grant Hart, drummer and cofounder of Minnesota punk rock band Hüsker Dü has lost his battle with cancer at age 56, Bob Mould, his longtime bandmate confirmed in an emotional Facebook post Thursday.

Hart was born in St. Paul in 1961. He formed Hüsker Dü with Mould and Greg Norton in St. Paul in 1979.

In his Facebook post, Mould wrote that he met Hart at a record store in St. Paul in 1978. They connected over a mutual appreciation for punk rock.

“The next nine years of my life was spent side-by-side with Grant,” Mould said. “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.”

The band broke up in 1988 and Hart went on to record his own music. Hüsker Dü is credited with influencing bands like Nirvana and the Foo Fighters.

“Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful storyteller and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember,” Mould said. 

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