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Publisher: Viking Adult (March 24, 2014)
George-Warren’s portrayal of Alex himself is honest and compassionate. Chilton was a bright and talented young man and grew up in a household brimming with creative energy, but struggled with emotionally unavailable parents, alcohol abuse and depression. When he was just six-years-old, his older brother Reid died from accidental drowning, an event that haunted Alex the rest of his life. A moody, rebellious teenager, Chilton sought comfort in music, listening to everything from his father’s jazz records to his brother’s Coasters 45s and was an avid listener of The Grand Ole Opry and local R&B radio stations. It’s been a joy reading about Alex’s encounters with music and his early foray into rock and roll with his first bands the Moondogs and the Devilles and later, the Box Tops. And the cast of Memphis characters that surround Chilton as he launches his music career has me jotting names down on a separate piece of paper, Game of Thrones-style.
Clearly, this is just the tip of the iceberg, as Alex Chilton embarked on a music career that would span 43 years. I’m excited to read about him producing iconic psychobilly quartet The Cramps, playing with avant-garde iconoclasts the Panther Burns and writing and singing for one of the most influential bands of all time, Big Star. And for those of you who haven’t yet seen it, the 2012 Big Star documentary “Nothing Can Hurt Me” is the perfect companion to this book.
Currently, Spin has an excerpt from the book up at their website and Holly George-Warren kicked off a book tour earlier in March at the South by Southwest festival.
Holly George-Warren's book signing tour:
|New York, NY||
McNally Jackson / 7:00pm |
In conversation with Anthony DeCurtis
|New York, NY||Hi-Fi / 7:00pm||March 28|
|Memphis, TN||Crosstown Arts / 6:30pm||April 2|
|Oxford, MS||Thacker Mountain Radio Taping / 6pm||April 3|
|Woodstock, NY||Woodstock Writer’s Festival||April 6|
|Woodstock, NY||The Golden Notebook / 6:30pm||April 12|
|Los Angeles, CA||Book Soup / 7:00pm||April 22|
|Los Angeles, CA||Grammy Museum / 7:30pm||April 23|
|Seattle, WA||Elliott Bay Book Co. / 7:30pm||April 26|
|Nashville, TN||International County Music Conference||May 21|