big star

The new feature documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me takes a candid look at the commercial failure and enduring legacy of Big Star, the early 1970s rock band formed in Memphis by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel. The documentary has been making the festival circuit, including playing at this year’s SXSW and New York’s upcoming Documentary Festival, but does not yet have a distribution deal or general release date. You can find more information about the project on the film’s official site and check out the press release for the movie inside.

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How’s this for some Internet feel-good: The producers of “Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story” posted a goal of $6,000 to help them finish their film on one of pop music’s finest offerings, and they blew through the goal in less than 24 hours. Check out a 9 minute clip of the upcoming film, and then drool over some of the sweet schwag the producers are giving away for pledges, including an autographed copy of ‘”Keep An Eye on the Sky”*.

*Of course, as soon as I start talking about how cool some of those gifts are, my office-mate Eric Melin stands up to say “Jody Stephens gave me an autographed 45 of ‘Don’t Lie to Me’ when we (being Truck Stop Love) recorded “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” at Argent”. *shakes fist at Eric*

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Alex Chilton, a man whose work in Big Star made me brave enough to play guitar and sing in front of an audience, died today at the age of 59. Maybe I’ll be able to articulate how much this man meant to me tomorrow, but for tonight here’s a live version of “Thirteen” from the recent 2008 reunion tour.

G’night Alex. Sweet heaven above, good night and thank you so very very much for everything you gave me the guts to do.

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