On the evening of November 2, 1985, I was in The Seventh Street Entry venue of Minneapolis, Minnesota's First Avenue Nightclub. It is a dank little side room with a stage no more than two or three feet high, allowing for almost eye-level contact with the performers. I was staring at a punk-rock power trio that was punching its way through a barrage of short, kinetic songs with a tightness that I had rarely ever witnessed. The front man jerked his hulking frame back and forth savagely as though suffering some form of musically induced seizure. The group was The Minutemen and the front man was D. Boon. In later years Boon would be listed as the #89 guitar player on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time. The Minutemen's album Double Nickels on the Dime, released in 1984, would be on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time. On that night in 1985, The Minutemen seemed poised to take the music world by storm. Unfortunately, in less than two months, D. Boon would be dead.