When I met Alex in early 70's Memphis (His mother, Mary, had an art gallery and his father, Sidney, owned a lighting company) he had a group called BIG STAR which he and Chris Bell started after Alex left the BOX TOPS. His father, Sidney, played Jazz as a hobby, and he was a talented musician. Alex was credited as being one of the pioneers of punk music, and he was one hell of a character. Oddly, or paradoxically, he loved performing and playing music, but he shunned fame and fortune. He'd had a big dose of fame as a 16 year old when he sang "Give me A Ticket for an Aeroplane." He recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis. He was uncomfortable around people, especially when he was the center of attention. But he loved being seen from an audience. He was skeptical of almost everything. As a photographer I shot one of his solo album covers, "Feudalist Tarts/ No Sex." I still have a copy, but I don't think I've ever listened to it. It was an LP and I didn't have a turntable. I doubt he ever read any of my books.
The older I get the more I appreciate the people I know, the more I'm affected by the passing of one of the ones who influenced me, made my life richer at some point. My life has been rich–– filled with great characters and a lot have passed on and I sorely miss all of them.