Friday, March 19, 2010

Alex Chilton In Words and Music

by Dick Mac

I am still shocked and awed by the death of Alex Chilton.

He once said it would be great if you could be amazingly rich and successful while remaining relatively anonymous. Alex managed his career in a way that brought him privacy and freedom to move around the world simply, he never enjoyed a huge fortune, but he did have a dedicated and adoring following that included some of the most famous and up-and-coming artists of our times.

Please enjoy the following videos that either feature or pay homage to Alex.

Alex Chilton on 120 Minutes (1985):

The Box Tops perform "The Letter":

The Box Tops perform "The Letter" live
at the World Trade Center, New York, NY, (2001):

Alex Chilton and Yo La Tengo perform "Femme Fatale" (2007):

Congressman Cohen Commemorates the Life of Alex Chilton:

Alex Chilton performs "The Letter" in Norway (2008):

Paul Westerberg sings his song "Alex Chilton"
(originally recorded by The Replacements):

in Northampton, MA (2002):

in New York, NY (1996):

Story about Big Star on NPR (audio only):

Alex Chilton

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