Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
DIRECTED BY DREW DENICOLA AND OLIVIA MORI
USA, 2012, 113 MIN
The history of rock and roll is littered with epic commercial failures, perhaps none more epic (or ironic) than Big Star. In the early-‘70s this Memphis combo created three quirky, brilliant albums that ranged from glorious Beatles-inspired rock to feedback-drenched folk songs. Stymied by miserable distribution and imploding record labels, the albums vanished and the band collapsed. But ever so slowly, their legend grew, fueled by people would stumble across their albums in bargain bins, fall in love, and pass the secret onto friends. Big Star fans were a cult society that included R.E.M., The Replacements, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, and many, many others. Now, decades later, all three albums are revered as masterpieces, listed among Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” and Big Star is cited as among the most influential bands ever, forefathers of the indie/alternative rock movement. Even so, their story has never been properly told, until now. The beautiful NOTHING CAN HURT ME is an insightful and profoundly moving account of Big Star that’s absolutely worthy of their uncompromised legacy. Fans can rejoice. Everyone else should listen and learn about rock’s greatest cult phenomenon.