The Man Who Preferred Not To: Alex Chilton
Barney Hoskyns, Dig, The (Japan), November 1999
IF EVERYONE who heard the Velvet Underground in the 60s formed a band – so the joke goes – then everyone who heard Big Star in the 70s became a rock critic. Big Star were the ultimate critics darlings, a band garlanded with superlatives that never translated into sales but kept their flame alight long enough for the group to become a key influence on the post-punk music of the 80s and 90s.
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