Movie Preview – Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me – Magic Bag – Wednesday July 10
Wednesday night at the Magic Bag Theater in Ferndale is your only chance to see Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me locally on the big screen. The documentary covers just about anything you might want to know about the Memphis band that influenced everyone from R.E.M, The Replacements, The Flaming Lips and countless other powerpop/heart-on-your-sleeve-bands since. You might not know Big Star, but you certainly know someone they’ve touched.
It’s not a feel-good movie. It’s not gonna be on all the kid’s lunchboxes when they go back to school in September. Big Star, for all the critical acclaim they had when they were active in the early-mid 70s, failed to reach any commercial success. It wasn’t until the 80s and since when everyone from the above mentioned bands to The Bangles, Wilco and beyond covered their songs and cited them as a major influence.
Big Star released 3 records, the first of which was the only one with Chris Bell, who many see as at least the equal to Alex Chilton when it comes to the genius behind their sound. As the story progresses, Bell’s decline into depression and addiction are key to the tragic tale, and even as Alex’ solo career takes unpredictable turns, Bell’s personal journey carries equal weight. Music recording and history geeks will like the studio talk as Ardent Studio and Memphis itself become actual characters in the movie.
Despite the overall downer vibe, the documentary is a truly excellent, needed, and overdue portrait of the band. It’s full of super-rare footage, interviews and commentary from several key players in and outside of the band’s circle including surviving members, producers, Robyn Hitchcock, Mike Mills from R.E.M, Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey, and many others. Highly recommended for fans of any band that use chorus and overdrive on their guitars and play melodic rock over a steady beat. If you’re not sure, maybe you should check out #1 Record. The soundtrack to the film is stellar too – as most Omnivore Records releases are.Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Wednesday July 10th Doors 8pm/Film 9:30 Magic Bag Theater 22920 Woodward – Ferndale
Film Site: http://www.bigstarstory.com/