Music Legend Alex Chilton: DEAD

Alex Chilton, whose gritty vocals gave The Boxtops their signature sound has died in New Orleans of an apparent heart attack. His band Big Star was to play South by Southwest this weekend.

Big Star and Chilton himself became cult favorites, through the championship of REM and The Replacements. In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine named all three Big Star albums to its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.