Heard from John Fry at Ardent. The Big Star box set is slated for a September 15th release. Details as they become available.
Larry (blogger) raised a few points in a reply to one of my recent posts. (He agreed with me – and Alex – about that the Radio City lyrics are effective at creating an overall impression or vibe for each song. You don't need to break them down line by line.) When I played with Alex in 1981 we were doing at soundcheck at the Mudd Club and I heard guitarist Jim Duckworth call Alex "Butch". I quizzed Jim about it and he said, "Yeah, that's Alex's nickname." So for 28 years I thought that I had cracked some secret code to the lyrics to September Gurls ("I was your Butch, you were touched"). Even had a little part about it in the book. Then I asked Alex, John Fry, and Jody Stephens about it and no one could remember Alex ever being called Butch. So the mystery remains...
As far as The Blue Reimondos and Peter LaBonne (in the book)...I've got it in mind to do a long piece about him soon and post a few mp3s once I figure that out. One of the most wildly talented musicians I've ever heard anywhere, he's so far off the grid (he lives in a cabin in a remote part of the Adirondacks - mostly recording for his own amusement / edification and a few lucky friends) he gives a whole new meaning to the term "outsider". He can be heard on the New Orleans sessions Richard Hell did in the 1980s with Zig Modeliste (fantastic guitar solo on The Hunter Was Drowned) and his only solo disc: Meditation Garden (on Travis Chandler's Sonic Trout label). (Yours truly did the cover art – it's a good collection of some of Pete's more recent low-fi cabin recordings. He plays all the instruments. His thing is so unique it'd be almost possible for him to record with other musicians at this point.)
Keep those cards a letters coming.