Ardently Awaiting the Big Star Documentary, Nothing Can Hurt Me
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 10:32 AM
Danielle McCarthy and Drew DeNicola are directing a documentary about the great ’70s Memphis rock band Big Star, titled Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story, which is due for release next year. Band leader Alex Chilton died March 17, 2010 at age 59, right before Big Star were slated to play SXSW.
Big Star were fabulous melody generators; they could be considered an American South Beatles, if you like glib sound bites (and I know you do). They deftly crafted about three dozen songs over three LPs—#1 Record, Radio City, and Third/Sister Lovers—to which you can listen with utmost enjoyment and emotional fulfillment for the rest of your life. That is an amazing feat.
Chilton was a notoriously tough critic of himself, though. In the promo clip below, surrogate Big Star member Ken Stringfellow (the Posies) commented about how the icon dealt with the reunited band: “[Alex Chilton] sees Big Star as his embarrassing teenage poetry. He has to come up with a reason to emote these songs into living things, because they’re not really where he’s at. That’s a whole show in itself.”