R.I.P. Alex Chilton

Influential singer/guitarist Alex Chilton of the band Big Star has died just days before a much anticipated set at Austin's SXSW Festival. Big Star has been covered by such a wide array of artists as R.E.M., Bat for Lashes, Jeff Buckley, Garbage, Cheap Trick, Wilco, Whiskeytown, and Beck. Chilton is survived by his wife Laura and their son Timothy. He was 59.

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