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Mu Mu
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..Alex Chilton..

Alex Chilton didn't seek medical attention because he had no health insurance
by Sean O'Neal April 9, 2010

As if we needed another argument for why, regardless of the political and financial means for attaining it, universal healthcare for all is absolutely necessary, now comes this sad, quiet revelation: It might have saved Alex Chilton. Buried at the bottom of this loving portrait of the late Big Star frontman in his later years—during which he lived a simple, “lazy” life in a small cottage in Treme, playing the occasional spontaneous gig and apparently watching reruns of Walker, Texas Ranger and Touched By An Angel, which is kind of awesome in its own weird way—is this paragraph:

At least twice in the week before his fatal heart attack, Chilton experienced shortness of breath and chills while cutting grass. But he did not seek medical attention, [Laura Kersting, Chilton’s wife] said, in part because he had no health insurance.

On March 17, Chilton suffered another episode and finally caved to going to the hospital, where he then died. Had Chilton been less concerned with the expense, and had he been able to visit the doctor during the first sign of sickness without it costing thousands of dollars, would he still be alive today? Obviously, that would just be speculation—and politically biased speculation at that, which we know everybody hates around here. But it is a sobering portrait of what it’s like for independent musicians, as well as everyone else out there who has to make do without health insurance; now, why don’t we want everyone to have that again? Something about socialism and Hitler?

Apr 13, 2010, 19:32


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hito
hito
1745 posts

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Were big star actually good? I am just listening to "love revolution" and it sounds like a mix of bad karaoke and bad song writing. The lyrics seem so lame. Am I missing something?

Nov 25, 2013, 10:13


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GaryB2
GaryB2
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Check out September Gurls - classic!

Nov 25, 2013, 18:15


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GaryB2
GaryB2
2328 posts

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Teenage Fanclub were fans :)

Nov 25, 2013, 18:17


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Squirrel M. Nutter
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hito wrote:
Am I missing something?

A brain, a personality, a single redeeming quality...

Nov 25, 2013, 19:04


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s_lush_s
s_lush_s
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Alex Chilton should've owned a defibrillator.

Nov 25, 2013, 23:11


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s_lush_s
s_lush_s
7383 posts

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and had a bottle of nitroglycerin. Not really feeling for a stupid bleeding heat...

Nov 25, 2013, 23:13


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s_lush_s
s_lush_s
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I thought we were having a discussion about cardiovascular happenings in cardiac patients in midwestern USA?!?

Nov 25, 2013, 23:15


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hito
hito
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Are you still here? I thought you committed suicide on the third of September.

Nov 26, 2013, 12:32


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hito
hito
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Well, I never really got Teenage Fanclub. I didn't hate them or anything. In fact, I liked a couple of tracks off bandwagonesque (the concept and start sign) but generally speaking, I never thought they were geniuses and don't have any of their records and don't yearn for them.

Listening to that track you recommended, I can see the link; it is very strong. As for me, I am not convinced by that track.

Any other suggestions?

Nov 26, 2013, 12:47

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