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Guy Who Wrote ‘Alex Chilton’ Remembers Alex Chilton

Paul Westerberg, who’d already written the perfect tribute with the Replacements 1987 song “Alex Chilton,” contributed a Times op-ed yesterday remembering his mentor. Take it away, Paul: “On Big Star’s masterpiece third album, Alex sang my favorite song of his, “Nighttime” — a haunting and gorgeous ballad that I will forever associate with my floor-sleeping days in New York. Strangely, the desperation in the line “I hate it here, get me out of here” made me, of all things, happy.” [NYT]

Photo: Chad Batka/New York Times