Why Should I Care? Driving’s A Gas And It Ain’t Gonna Last

by Hayden Childs

Like much of the blogosphere, I’m in a state of shock over Alex Chilton’s premature death [on March 17].  I’ve been vocal about how I think he’s squandered his considerable talent over the last three decades or so, but the fundamental truth is that squandering his talent was his prerogative.  When he was great – and I don’t think it’s humanly possible to overstate his greatness and importance to rock music – he was wholly unappreciated by the public. When public tastes finally caught up to him, he took one look at the mantle of “elder statesman of rock” and chose to Bartleby.  God bless him for his irascibility.  There was no one else like him. 

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