Saturday, November 26, 2011

The one that got away...Big Star

Many of you may already know about Big Star.  Their huge potential,misfortune,and irony that their first record named #1 Record never got the radio play or attention it well deserved.  I won't do them justice in this entry,but my effort is to get you to dig in and enjoy this music you may have missed and learn something about their missed brass ring.

You'll read all the issues that unfortunately roadblocked them into only making three albums, but there has been a cult following ever since the 1970s on these guys.  Yeah, they formed back in 1971 in Memphis and were essentially done by 1974 and all 3 albums are in Rolling Stone's top 500 albums of all-time.

"Big Star aren't rock's greatest cult band;they were arguably rock's first cult band."-Pitchfork

This link is a teaser on the documentary bigstarstory blog

This link goes back to the SXSW show that Big Star had planned to kick start them again in 2010 and tragically Alex Chilton died.  You'll see how R.E.M,The Replacements,Evan Dando and numerous others were influenced by Big Star Nothing Can Hurt Me- Big Star documentary trailer

Big_Star on wikipedia
Big Star on Facebook

Their 3 albums

Mike Smith,The Showbiz Kids

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