Alex Chilton Passes

There’s never much to be down about at South By Southwest (SXSW), the uber music-film festival in Austin, which runs through Saturday. However, legendary singer-songwriter Alex Chilton, of Big Star/Boxtops fame, passed away in New Orleans yesterday. Chilton was slated to perform with Big Star Saturday at SXSW. Chilton was a brilliant but underheralded songsmith. He’ll be sorely  missed From the serious to the trivial. During the 14 years I’ve been to SXSW, it’s never been colder in Austin than Philly. Tomorrow the latter will be 15 degrees warmer than the former. What a crazy winter!

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