Alex Chilton’s career after the dissolution of his most iconic band, Big Star, has been described as “a cautionary tale” by REM bassist Mike Mills in the new issue of Uncut, out on Thursday (March 29).
But his old Big Star bandmate Jody Stephens told Uncut, “Alex, to my knowledge, never did anything that he didn’t want to do.”
The piece examines the late songwriter’s life as a solo artist, his time in Tav Falco’s Panther Burns and his subsequent move to New Orleans and the reformation of Big Star – as well as his interest in astrology and 19th-century park design.
A host of Chilton’s friends and associates remember him in the piece, including girlfriend Lesa Aldridge, latter-day Big Star member Ken Stringfellow, long-time collaborator Richard Rosebrough as well as Jody Stephens.
Read more in the new issue of Uncut, in shops from Thursday, March 29.