Once you’ve heard an Alex Chilton song, it’s hard not to fall in love with it.
“Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round They sing ‘I'm in love. What's that song? I'm in love with that song.’ “
--The Replacements, “Alex Chilton"
Once you’ve heard an Alex Chilton song, it’s hard not to fall in love with it. As the leader of the Box Tops (“The Letter”) and the seminal Big Star, Alex Chilton, who died in 2010, is one of rock music’s obscure legends. He largely evaded mainstream success, but influenced so many who achieved it. Holly George-Warren’s A Man Called Destruction is the first serious attempt to tell Chilton’s unique story. It’s a breathless account, as Chilton was a restless performer who absorbed and mastered several styles of American music and played with numerous bands. It may not reach the unconverted, but it’s a must-read for the die-hard fan.
The library also has CDs available from throughout Chilton’s career, including the Box Tops, Big Star and his solo work. Check him out! He’s much more than the author of theme from That 70’s Show.
Brett @ Central