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A Man Called Destruction

The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man
George-Warren, Holly (Book - 2014)
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Alex Chilton's story is rags to riches in reverse, beginning with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints leading 60s sensation the Box Tops ("The Letter") and pioneering 70s popsters Big Star, Chilton became a dishwasher. Yet he rose again in the 80s as a solo artist, producer, and trendsetter, coinventing the indie-rock genre. By the 90s, acolytes from R.E.M. to Jeff Buckley embodied Chilton's legacy, ushering him back to the spotlight before his untimely death in 2010. In this career-spanning and revelatory biography, longtime Chilton acquaintance Holly George-Warren has interviewed more than 100 bandmates, friends, and family members to flesh out a man who presided over--and influenced--four decades of American musical history, rendered here with new perspective through the adventures of a true iconoclast.--From publisher description.
Authors: George-Warren, Holly
Title: A man called destruction
the life and music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to backdoor man
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2014.
Characteristics: x, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: The Chiltons of Virginia and Mississippi
Memphis
Midtown
Thirteen
From Moondog to Deville
America's youngest hitmaker
On the road
Nonstop
"I slept with Charlie Manson"
1969
Free again
Big Star ascends
#1 record
You get what you deserve
Radio City
Sister lovers
3rd
The walking dead
Shakin' the world
Like flies on shit
Bourgeois blues
Behind the magnolia curtain
Lost my job
High priest
Let's get lost.
Summary: Alex Chilton's story is rags to riches in reverse, beginning with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints leading 60s sensation the Box Tops ("The Letter") and pioneering 70s popsters Big Star, Chilton became a dishwasher. Yet he rose again in the 80s as a solo artist, producer, and trendsetter, coinventing the indie-rock genre. By the 90s, acolytes from R.E.M. to Jeff Buckley embodied Chilton's legacy, ushering him back to the spotlight before his untimely death in 2010. In this career-spanning and revelatory biography, longtime Chilton acquaintance Holly George-Warren has interviewed more than 100 bandmates, friends, and family members to flesh out a man who presided over--and influenced--four decades of American musical history, rendered here with new perspective through the adventures of a true iconoclast.--From publisher description.
Local Note: 53 118 148 150 245
ISBN: 0670025631
9780670025633
Statement of Responsibility: Holly George-Warren
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references ( pages 343-355) and index.
Subject Headings: Rock musicians United States Biography. Chilton, Alex.
Topical Term: Rock musicians
LCCN: 2013041158
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