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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 large big name ("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. through the 90s, acolytes from R.E.M. to Jeff Buckley embodied Chilton's legacy, ushering him again to the highlight ahead of his premature dying in 2010.

In the career-spanning and revelatory a guy referred to as Destruction, longtime Chilton confidante Holly George-Warren has interviewed greater than a hundred bandmates, acquaintances, and relations to flesh out a guy who presided over—and influenced—four a long time of yank musical background, rendered right here with new standpoint throughout the adventures of a real iconoclast.

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Indd 21 6/25/13 8:53 AM 22 C ur l y and tending the truck garden. Every farm animal became his friend, and he awoke each morning at four thirty to feed them. Shemp, on the other hand, hated farm work and would rather goof off. He never tired of running around the Horwitz spread in the maddest-looking outfit, which consisted of bright red flannel underwear, an old Continental Army coat, and an early American military hat. Each day would find him playing his favorite practical joke. He would don his kooky costume, strike a comical pose in the middle of a cornfield, and wait for the neighboring farmers to pass by and stare in amazement at what they thought was one strange-looking scarecrow.

Bernice: Uncle Babe [Curly] lived with us for a while in the late ’20s. He was very fond of my mother—either because she and dad married on his birthday or because my mother and Jennie battled over real estate deals and my mom usually won. Joan: How did Jennie feel in those days about Moe and Shemp being in show business? Bernice: Jennie thought she was being cursed because her two boys were on the stage and her “baby” was straining at the bit to join them. In fact, to get Uncle Babe away from the theater, she sent him to Europe—I think he spent most of his time in Paris.

Joan: How did Jennie feel in those days about Moe and Shemp being in show business? Bernice: Jennie thought she was being cursed because her two boys were on the stage and her “baby” was straining at the bit to join them. In fact, to get Uncle Babe away from the theater, she sent him to Europe—I think he spent most of his time in Paris. When he returned, he was even more handsome than before, with his dark, wavy hair and very French waxed mustache. This is the time he came to Pittsburgh. indd 43 6/25/13 8:54 AM 44 C ur l y Joan: Can you recall any funny stories related to Curly’s visit?

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