New York Times bestselling author, GRAMMY-winning essayist, editorial director, producer and host

Bob Mehr is an award-winning writer, editorial director, producer and journalist with 20 years of experience creating acclaimed traditional, digital media, and audio content.

Author of the New York Times bestseller Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements. An NPR, Amazon and Rolling Stone book of the year, it earned the ASCAP Foundation’s “Timothy White Award” for Outstanding Biography, and was named one of Billboard’s “100 Greatest Music Books of All Time.

In addition to his roles as a music editor and critic for Village Voice Media and USA Today, Mehr is a contributor to The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard,  and has been a U.S. correspondent for Europe’s leading music magazine, MOJO, since 2003. 

Since 2008, he has been an independent producer for Warner Music Group’s catalog division, Rhino Entertainment, conceiving, directing, and producing premier releases, boxed sets and series. 

In 2017, Mehr launched the highly successful catalog campaign for Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame nominees The Replacements, with titles including the Billboard chart-topping For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986, the GRAMMY-winning boxed set Dead Man’s Pop and expanded versions of the classic albums Pleased to Meet Me and Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash.

A GRAMMY winner for “Best Album Notes” in 2021, Mehr has been an essayist for dozens of career-spanning retrospectives and projects from artists including Otis Redding, The Dixie Chicks, The Kinks, Warren Zevon, Al Green, The Staples Singers, and Big Star. 

In 2023, Mehr earned his second GRAMMY for the album notes to the 20th anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of Wilco’s landmark LP, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. 

Mehr also produced 2023’s most buzzed about release, a remixed and expanded version of The Replacements 1985 album Tim. The deluxe boxed set scored a rare perfect 10.0 review on Pitchfork, earned five stars in MOJO, was singled out as the Reissue of the Month in Uncut, and was the subject of deep dive features and think pieces in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone, among others.

Mehr has also served as an editorial director for the groundbreaking experimental culture platform, byNWR, from renowned international filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (DriveNeon Demon). Developing quarterly multimedia volumes, including original podcast and video programming, Mehr also served as liaison between byNWR and its strategic partners including MUBI, the Harvard Film Archive and Bureau Agency.

An experienced host and reporter, Mehr has contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered and World Cafe, Spotify’s Bandsplain, Warner Music’s Rhino Podcast, and Radio NWR. 


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