Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

A reverent, inspiring portrait of the ultimate cult band.

Even if a screening is sold out, tickets are often available 30 minutes before the start of the film at the box office at each venue.

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  • Director Drew DeNicola
  • Producer Danielle McCarthy, Olivia Mori
  • USA 2012
  • 120 mins
  • Sales Submarine Entertainment

Chris Bell, Andy Hummel, Jody Stephens and Alex Chilton became Big Star in Memphis in 1971, and split in 1974 after a turbulent career and three underselling albums, two of them without Bell. That might have been their legacy in a nutshell, but as they were rediscovered and reappraised in subsequent years, their influence became pervasive. They were name-checked and covered by significant guitar bands throughout the 80s and 90s, REM’s Peter Buck declaring ‘Big Star served as a Rosetta Stone for a whole generation of musicians’. Saddled with the label of ultimate cult band for decades, the story of how such a precious and influential group did not become as big as they should have been is legendary in indie rock circles. Director Drew DeNicola brings that story of false dawns and desperate disappointments to the screen with a reverence and a fan’s devotion, celebrating their genius with rare footage, illuminating interviews and the brilliant, unassailable music that they made.

Michael Hayden