RIP Alex Chilton
Super big bummer. If you haven’t heard of Alex Chilton, do yourself a favor and check out the first three Big Star records and see how wildly influential and strikingly talented this guy was. He also was, obviously, a huge influence for Paul Westerberg and the Replacements, who nameed one of their flagship songs after him. If that isn’t enough, when he was the teen he sang “The Letter” with the Box Tops, which alone would solidify his spot as a true legend. Big Star were supposed to be playing some sets down at SXSW this year, which is happening this upcoming weekend. Hopefully his music will get more attention now, although that is a hollow consolation for losing such a great talent.