A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex by Holly George-Warren

By Holly George-Warren

The 1st biography of the influential musician and forebear of the indie-rock scene

Alex Chilton's tale is rags to riches in opposite, starting with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints top 60s sensation the field Tops ("The Letter") and pioneering 70s popsters tremendous superstar ("the final American pop band"—Time), Chilton grew to become a dishwasher. but he rose back within the 80s as a solo artist, manufacturer, and trendsetter, coinventing the indie-rock style. by means of the 90s, acolytes from R.E.M. to Jeff Buckley embodied Chilton's legacy, ushering him again to the highlight prior to his premature demise in 2010.

In the career-spanning and revelatory a guy known as Destruction, longtime Chilton confidante Holly George-Warren has interviewed greater than a hundred bandmates, acquaintances, and relations to flesh out a guy who presided over—and influenced—four many years of yankee musical historical past, rendered right here with new viewpoint in the course of the adventures of a real iconoclast.

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They were joined by two other slaves, Austin and a teenager named Moses. They approached the house. Hark wanted to break through the door with his axe, but Turner held him back, worried that the noise might wake the nearest neighbor, whose house was less than a half mile away. The night was deep and silent, and Turner wanted to preserve the element of surprise as long as possible. Hark fetched a ladder and placed it against the side of the house. Turner waved him and the other men aside and climbed it alone.

On arriving at the Porter farm with half of his army, he found that the place was empty. Everyone had fled. Turner understood immediately that word about the rebellion was out. The rebels had now lost the advantage of surprise (as he knew they would sooner or later). Next, Turner and his men reached a strategic objective, the Barrow farm, and found the owner, a veteran of the War of 1812, hoeing in the fields. The old man fought so valiantly before he was killed that the rebels honored him by wrapping his body in a quilt and placing a plug of tobacco on his chest— this was the way that warriors were honored in parts of Africa.

Some, like the armed bands that were organized to defend runaway slaves in the Northern cities, believed in taking action against slavery; in many cases, they opened fire on Southern slave catchers and sent them packing. Other abolitionists only believed in “moral persuasion” and never broke the law or threatened violence against the slaveowners. Some combined both methods—such as the Quakers, who would hide escaped slaves but would refuse to fight. Some whites were against slavery without advocating freedom for blacks or equal rights.

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