Athens, Ga. songwriter Vic Chesnutt died on Christmas Day. He was 45. Michael Stipe of R.E.M. said, "We have lost one of our great ones." Patti Smith said this: " 'I flew around a little room once.' A line from Supernatural. He was just that. He possessed an unearthly energy and yet was humanistic with the common man in mind. He was entirely present and entirely somewhere else. A mystical somewhere else. A child and an old guy as he called himself. Before he made an album he said he was a bum. Now he is in flight bumming round beyond the little room. With his angel voice." More reaction here.

Chesnutt's obituary is here, and his interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air is here.

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