Memphis four-piece Big Star belongs in the pantheon of 1970s rock gods. A new documentary featuring never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews and a musical tribute by the bands they inspired is slated for release later this year. Drew DeNicola and Oliva Mori directed Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. DeNicola is no stranger to the rock doc. He is the brains behind the ongoing documentary project Natural Soul Brother: The Original Black Radio DJs. DeNicola is also the editor behind VICE’s video arm, VBS.tv.
BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME traces the origins and history of the legendary band from the late sixties with lead singer Alex Chilton sky-rocketing to stardom at the age of sixteen with The Box Tops and their #1 hit, “The Letter” to the serendipitous meeting of Chilton and local Memphis singer-songwriter-guitarist, Chris Bell; through the tumultuous recording of the group’s three landmark albums, #1 Record, Radio City and Third/Sister Lovers (Ardent Records); culminating with their implosion due to failed record sales, personal breakdowns and the tragic death of Chris Bell in 1978.
Written by Rob Peoni