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CHRIS BELL’S PURE POP COSMOS: Big Star’s Other Bright Light

Speaking (as I so often do here) about great musicians and music, I’d like to take a moment to remember and honor Christopher Bell, the co-founding singer-songwriter of the seminal 1970s outfit Big Star. Although in the years since the band’s initial demise and subsequent discovery by new generations of listeners, much of the credit and attention […]

MAYBE IN A BETTER WORLD: Alex Chilton Comes Clean

Alex Chilton still doesn’t get what all the fuss is about. Well, most of the fuss, anyway. Chilton concedes that his celebrated band, Big Star, had “a *few* good songs”, but he also makes a  distinction between what he calls “good music and good songs.” The pair of albums the band recorded during its lifetime, […]

HEY 19: Memphis’s Second-Favorite Son Flips The Box Tops and Flies Free Again

 To put a cap on the starry sparklers of our July 4 weekend tribute to Big Star, here’s my review of  Alex Chilton’s “1970,” an album that was a eureka moment for me when I first heard it. To me, it offered a gaze through a kaleidoscopic looking glass; a peek through the window of transition between Alex’s stint as […]

THE SOLO SOUL OF A BIG STAR: Alex Chilton On No. 1 Records, Radio City Rebounds, And A Third Album That Really Wasn’t

I could barely believe it when he said yes. Well actually, to be more precise, I couldn’t believe it when, after asking whether the evasive, elusive, and reclusive Alex Chilton might possibly consent to an interview with me for my music column in the Boston Phoenix’s Stuff@Night magazine, his publicist checked with the man, called me back, […]

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