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The story of Big Star's three 70s studio albums has been exhaustively parsed if you're a serious pop-music fan, you probably know about the temporary obscurity the Memphis group fell into as the decade progressed from Beatles-influenced pop to the
On Friday, The Belcourt opens Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, a documentary about the much-loved 1970s Memphis group that exerted the kind of influence over power pop that the Velvet Underground did over punk.
Big Star's story is the stuff of rock legend, told over and over again in history, criticism, and just before the needle drops on a dusty LP. For 40 years, the Memphis rockers have been the quintessential "best band you've never heard," as their
70s band gets its due in new documentary The legend of the band Big Star was born back in May 1973, when a promoter flew legions of young rock critics into Memphis for a "convention" that was essentially a stunt to get them to hear Big Star perform.
Nothing Can Hurt Me Is Tribute to a 70s Group William Eggleston/Magnolia Pictures From left, Andy Hummel, Alex Chilton, and Jody Stephens. Published: July 2, 2013 Forty years ago a mob of rock critics gathered for a convention cooked up by a promoter
Big Star's Third is a revamp of and modern tribute to the seminal 1970s rock band Big Star. Though they broke up in 1974, Big Star's third album Third/Sister Lovers is revered by critics and fans as one of the best albums ever made, despite having
11/9/2012 by John DeFore Drew DeNicola goes back to the origins of a band few discovered until decades after their demise. One of the greatest power-pop bands ever was never pop: Big Star, the beautiful-but-doomed Memphis quartet whose melodic songs
In fact, Duren tried out for Big Star in 1974, but the band was on its last legs, and the audition itself was a strange one. Still, Duren is one of the greatest power-pop artists, and if his story intersects with Big Star's more well-known tale of
Mark Allan For fans of jangly, emotionally acute indie-rock , Big Star are an ur-band, although their third album, variously dubbed Third and Sister Lovers, is apt to separate the mere admirers from the cult devotees. Recorded in chaos , never
Big Star members (left to right) Jody Stephens, Andy Hummel and Alex Chilton. Photograph: Gab Archive/Redferns 'I thought it would encounter difficulties," says John Fry, with delicious understatement, down the phone from Ardent Studios in Memphis,