Outshadowed by larger ‘70s acts and obstructed by poor marketing and distribution, the true breadth of Big Star’s musicianship was perhaps only fully recognized after the band broke up in late 1974. A forthcoming documentary on the group, titled Nothing Can Hurt Me celebrates the group’s enduring legacy and explores its troubled end.
Ironically titled #1 Record, their first album met with wide critical acclaim, but limited commercial success. Big Star’s career was only further hindered by the individual problems of some of its founding members, like Chris Bell and Alex Chilton.
Although Big Star’s career was short lived, their long-running influence in the decades afterward developed a loyal cult following for their music. Big Star’s sound helped to shape some of the greatest albums of succeeding generations of musicians. A few of them contribute commentary to the film, including members of the Flaming Lips and R.E.M.
Legendary critics Cameron Crowe (Rolling Stone) and Lester Bangs (Creem Magazine), who were eager supporters of Big Star’s albums at the time, also appear in the film.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me will open on July 3.