Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Synopsis: BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star's three albums have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star has been cited as an influence by artists including REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliott Smith and Flaming Lips, to name just a few. With never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews and a rousing musical tribute by the bands they inspired, BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a story of artistic and musical salvation.
Director(s): Drew DeNicola, Olivia Mori (co-director)
Production: Magnolia Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

that Memphis was

one of the places

where Rock and Roll

got invented,


they would have contests

on the radio all the time,

well, you know,

"Who's the best,

the Beatles or Elvis?"

I pestered my parents

till they bought me a bass

and started playing

in a little garage band.

Back in the '60s

there were so many kids

and neighborhoods

were such a big deal

that you could field

a baseball team,

a football team,

and you could also

field a band.

I was 21 years old

when we started

that commercial studio

and I probably

looked to people

like I was about 16.

There was no reason

for those people to think

I knew what I was doing.

When I was in

junior high school,

we were making

recordings in my house.

Every kid was going out

and buying

a guitar or a drum set

or something

and starting a band.

So we had, you know,

plenty of guinea pigs

to experiment on

and then we would go

and have 45 records pressed

and we'd try

to sell them locally

and actually

had fairly good luck.

And I was asked to join

a kind of successful local band

who made records.

So it was just


that was easy to fall into.

The first time

I saw Alex Chilton,

I guess he was

11 or 12 years old.

Now Alex was

what I call an art brat.

His mother ran an art gallery.

His father was

a hobbyist clarinet player.

Bill Eggleston,

the Memphis art photographer

had given him peyote

and he was running around

with his eyes

spinning like that

and his hair sticking out

and I thought, "Well, this kid's

gonna have a unique life. "

I got sent to Central

for one year

in the 10th grade

and Alex was

in my geometry room.

And I noticed that, you know,

Alex, he's not here today.

And then the next

geometry class

I said, "He's not here

again today. "

You know, what's going on?

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