Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me


Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a unique portrait of the seminal rock band who crafted three albums now considered to be pop masterpieces. Never experiencing popular success in their time – even today, they’re most widely known for their song “In the Street,” heard on TV’s That ’70s Show – Big Star has been cited as an influence by artists including REM, The Replacements, and Wilco. The film traces the history of the band from then-teenage singer Alex Chilton’s stardom with The Box Tops in the Sixties, through the tumultuous recording of the group’s landmark albums, and each band member’s subsequent struggles to define themselves after the band’s demise. Weaving never-before-seen footage and photos of the band together with in-depth interviews, director Drew DeNicola has created a unique portrait of four incredibly talented musicians who fell victim to the corporate stranglehold that the major record labels and radio stations held over the music industry. Most triumphantly, Big Star also documents the resurrection of the band by passionate musicians and music journalists, who discovered their music in later years, and came to treasure it as, in the words of singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, “a letter that got lost in the mail.” (Dir. by Drew Denicola, 2012, USA, 100 mins., PG-13, Magnolia Pictures) Digital