It's a sad day for power pop fans. Alex Chilton, mastermind of legendary bands the Box Tops and Big Star, died tonight of a heart attack at age 59. Big Star was a band whose influence far outstripped its fame. Ask any guitar-pop musician from the last 20 years for a list of influences, and Chilton will be there. The three classic Big Star albums (#1 Record, Radio City and Third/Sister Lovers) belong in any pop music fan's collection. I love them all.
Rest in peace, Alex.
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