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Big Stars Radio City (33 1/3) Bruce Eaton

Big Stars Radio City (33 1/3)

Bruce Eaton

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Virtually anyone who is ever picked up a guitar whether wood or air has fantasized about playing onstage alongside his musical hero.Bruce Eatonactually did it.Radio City (the book) will be based on the improbable but true story of an ardent fan whoMoreVirtually anyone who is ever picked up a guitar whether wood or air has fantasized about playing onstage alongside his musical hero.Bruce Eatonactually did it.Radio City (the book) will be based on the improbable but true story of an ardent fan who gets close enough to Alex Chilton, the prime architect of the best power pop album ever made outside of Abbey Road Studios, to see what is on the other side of genius, fame, and expectations. Released when ELP and Elton John were plodding from one packed stadium to the next, Radio City was a radical album influenced by records that were already deemed oldies and yet sounding like a lean electrical jolt from the future. In time, power pop would become an official rock genre and the influence of Radio City would be widely heard through artists like R.E.M., The Replacements, The Bangles, and Teenage Fanclub. When they first appeared though, Big Star sounded quite like no other band (including the oft-compared Raspberries and Badfinger). This book examines the key ingredients of Radio City s lasting appeal, including the unique confluence of circumstances that channeled Alex Chilton s creative energies toward the possibility of commercial success for perhaps the last time. Special attention will be given to the production and sound of the record. Recorded at Ardent Studios on the heels of ZZ Top is mega-hit Tres Hombres, the visceral allure ofRadio City has more in common with the Top (and other chart toppers) than many of its devotees would want to admit.