Paul Westerberg – “Alex Chilton: Beyond the Box Tops” (2010)

October 16, 2010 at 8:31 am (Music, Paul Westerberg, Reviews & Articles)

I just found this brief, but moving article that Paul wrote about Alex Chilton’s untimely death. It comes from an op-ed piece in The New York Times, March 20th of this year…


How does one react to the death of one’s mentor? My mind instantly slammed down the inner trouble-door that guards against all thought, emotion, sadness. Survival mode. Rock guitar players are all dead men walking. It’s only a matter of time, I tell myself as I finger my calluses. Those who fail to click with the world and society at large find safe haven in music — to sing, write songs, create, perform. Each an active art in itself that offers no promise of success, let alone happiness. Read the rest of this entry »

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