Concert tributes happening in Chicago and New York this weekend in advance of the opening. Blurt, meanwhile, interviewed the filmmaker and sole surviving member Jody Stephens.
By Blurt Staff
The feature-length documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me from Magnolia Pictures about Big Star opens in New York at the IFC Center on July 3 and will also be available that same day on iTunes and via most on demand video services. A special Los Angeles opening is also set for July 5 & 6 at the Nuart. Big Star tribute concerts in Chicago and New York are taking place this weekend, featuring Jody Stephens, the band’s sole surviving original member & drummer, in anticipation of the film’s release.
Read the Blurt interview with Stephens and filmmaker Drew DeNicola, by contributor Danny Phillips and published June 26. Among the nuggets:
Stephens: Anytime anyone is creative, they are opening themselves up to being hurt I think so, we just happened to do something that worked. It was valuable to me, we wrote great songs and it’s completed to me. I feel good that people love it.
DeNicola: To me, it seems that they actually succeeded at the real point of making music and the rest of it is just decadence and window dressing.
The film’s soundtrack was just released this week via Omnivore Recordings. The movie 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.
Tributes this weekend:
06/28 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theater – A Tribute to Big Star’s Third
06/30 New York, NY – Central Park Summer Stage: A Tribute to Big Star’s Third
Openings next week:
07/03 New York, NY – IFC Center – film opening *
07/05 & 07/06 Los Angeles, CA – Nuart Theater – film opening #
07/10 Detroit, MI – Magic Bag – film opening
07/12 Memphis, TN – Ridgeway – film opening
07/12 Nashville, TN – The Belcourt – film opening
07/12 Minneapolis, MN – Lagoon Cinema – film opening
07/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Hollywood Theater – film opening
07/13 Montreal, QC – La Salla Rossa – film opening
07/13 & 07/17 Chicago, IL – Music Box – film opening
07/19 San Francisco, CA – Roxie – film opening
07/19 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Art – film opening
07/19 Seattle, WA – The Grand Illusion Cinema – film opening
07/19 Miami, FL – The O Theater – film opening
07/19 Cambridge, MA – The Brattle – film opening
07/20 Portland, OR – Hollywood Theater – film opening
07/21 & 07/22 Austin, TX – Alamo Ritz – film opening
07/25 Portland, ME – Space Gallery – film opening
07/26 Dallas, TX – Texas Theater – film opening
07/26 Denver, CO – Sie Film Center – film opening
07/30 New Orleans, LA – Contemporary Arts Center – film opening
08/03 Jacksonville, FL – The Sun-Ray – film opening %
08/09 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center for the Arts – film opening
08/10 Ooltewah, TN – The Barking Legs Theater – film opening
* = followed by Q&A w/ Jody Stephens & filmmakers
# = followed by Q&A w/ Jody Stephens & filmmakers, plus live acoustic performance from Jody Stephens
% = followed by Q&A w/ filmmakers