Thursday, March 18, 2010

Alex Chilton, rest in peace

Alex Chilton, founder of the Box Tops and - most importantly - Big Star, has passed away at the age of 59. As Pitchfork reports, Chilton was still very active and was even supposed to play with Big Star at the SXSW festival in Austin this weekend. How I would have loved to see this band live...

Chilton was a songwriter's songwriter. Widely acclaimed and influencial among collegues, much lesser so among the audience. Certainly, without Big Star no R.E.M., no Teenage Fanclub, no Jayhawks, to name a few of the most direct followers of Big Star.

As John Lennon said when The Beatles broke up: 'The music is still there'. Indeed, it is and here are the final two songs from the first Big Star album '#1 Record'.

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