Paul Westerberg Remembers Alex Chilton in The New York Times

Former Replacements leader and noted Alex Chilton devotee Paul Westerberg wrote a tribute to his friend and musical idol in The New York Times over the weekend. He starts, “How does one react to the death of one’s mentor?” and goes on to talk about his personal experiences with the late Big Star singer involving baseball, taking girls back to tents, and how “rock guitar players are all dead men walking.” A must-read for fans of Westerberg and Chilton both. (Westerberg also released a separate statement on Chilton’s passing last week, too.)

In other Westerberg news, the living legend vaguely talked about his upcoming plans in an interview in the latest issue of Spin. “I’ve found so much stuff I’ve written lying around, I’m tempted to get it all together as some sort of prose,” he said. “But the one thing I know I’m not doing anytime soon is playing live.” Kind of a bummer.

Check out Paul doing his song “Alex Chilton” at a rowdy 1993 show after the jump. People used to crowd surf to this song: