By Holly George-Warren
The 1st biography of the influential musician and forebear of the indie-rock scene
Alex Chilton's tale is rags to riches in opposite, starting with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints best 60s sensation the field Tops ("The Letter") and pioneering 70s popsters great megastar ("the final American pop band"—Time), Chilton grew to become a dishwasher. but he rose back within the 80s as a solo artist, manufacturer, and trendsetter, coinventing the indie-rock style. by means of the 90s, acolytes from R.E.M. to Jeff Buckley embodied Chilton's legacy, ushering him again to the highlight sooner than his premature demise in 2010.
In the career-spanning and revelatory a guy known as Destruction, longtime Chilton confidante Holly George-Warren has interviewed greater than a hundred bandmates, buddies, and relations to flesh out a guy who presided over—and influenced—four many years of yankee musical heritage, rendered right here with new viewpoint throughout the adventures of a real iconoclast.
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A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man by Holly George-Warren