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Big Star

Jody Stephens - FUV Live - 2014

by Darren DeVivo
Irwin Merkin, Darren Devivo and Jody Stephens, photo by Dennis Elsas

End of Love is a New York City band about to release its debut album, Ghosts On The Radio. The band first came together a little over ten years ago as a trio, but after a few years, the members drifted apart. Now End of Love is back with an expanded lineup which features drummer Jody Stephens (Big Star, Golden Smog and others) and guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco, the Nels Cline Singers and more). I recently welcomed one of the original members of End of Love, Irwin Menken (who has also played bass with Lee Ranaldo, formerly of Sonic Youth), and the legendary beat of Big Star, Jody Stephens, to the WFUV studios to talk new music and classic power pop.

Holly George-Warren - FUV Live - 2014

by Darren DeVivo
Alex Chilton, promo photo

Alex Chilton was one of rock's great, enigmatic characters. He was singing on hit singles for the Box Tops while still a teenager. He was a driving force behind Big Star, one of the leading purveyors of the power-pop genre. He became one of forefathers of both the indie rock movement and the lo-fi sound. He was also a master of deconstructing all that he had accomplished. Then, suddenly, at the age of 59, he was gone.

Alex Chilton's life has been brilliantly chronicled by renowned author, journalist and music historian Holly George-Warren in the new book A Man Called Destruction: The Life And Music Of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops To Big Star To Backdoor Man. Holly has written and edited many fine books on rock and country music, and has overseen the publication of numerous reference guides for Rolling Stone magazine. As a fan of Big Star and a great admirer of the life and music of Alex Chilton, it was a thrill to get to meet Holly and talk to her about her latest book.