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.
Grant Hart wrote some of the songs that matter the most to me. Thank you and Rest in Peace.— Craig Finn (@steadycraig) September 14, 2017
RIP Grant Hart— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) September 14, 2017
Your music saved my life.
It was with me the day I left home.
It's with me now.
Travel safely to the summerlands. pic.twitter.com/B8JfIdp57H
His drumming was so incredible I feel like a fraud when we play Husker Du songs. AND he could write & sing like this— Jon Wurster (@jonwurster) September 14, 2017
Incredibly sad waking up to this news of Grant Hart -- RIP amazing musician/songwriter ��Turn On The News - Hüsker Dü https://t.co/Ell5ZLhXHf— Tanya Donelly (@TanyaDonelly) September 14, 2017
Waking up to news Grant Hart is gone. I can't even *understand* his drumming, but his classic melodicism was a massive inspiration. RIP.— Ted Leo (@tedleo) September 14, 2017
Oh man, super-bummed about Grant Hart. He was like royalty to me, such an amazing songwriter and imposing personage in my early music days.— Dan Wilson (@DanWilsonMusic) September 14, 2017
Here's local raconteur and impressario Ian Rains on Hart's wilder side.
Grant Hart stole my car once. I was in it, and if had been anyone else, I'd have called this a… https://t.co/QQJNZOcZiI— drinkingwithian (@drinkingwithian) September 14, 2017
Veteran local rocker Matt Helgeson stressed Hart's continuing commitment to the Twin Cities scene in this thread.
1) the thing about Grant Hart people who have not been involved in Minneapolis punk or underground music won't understand is that (cont)— Matt Helgeson (@MattHelgeson) September 14, 2017
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.