Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me

 Big Star Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature length documentary about the 1970s Memphis band Big Star.  The documentary is very straight forward and workman like but it is the subject matter that makes it a must see movie for anyone who likes music from that era. The band made three albums and because of various distribution and record label issues, they were a commercial failure.  But the influence of those albums are still felt today. 

The death of lead singer in 2010, Alex Chilton was commemorated by Congressman Cohen, see below: 

William Ruhlmann at Allmusic.com sums up the impact of their music perfectly:

"The problem with coming in late on an artwork lauded as "influential" is that you've probably encountered the work it influenced first, so its truly innovative qualities are lost. Thus, if you are hearing Big Star's debut album for the first time decades after its release (as, inevitably, most people must), you may be reminded of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers or R.E.M, who came after -- that is, if you don't think of The Byrds and The Beatles, circa 1965. What was remarkable about #1 Record in 1972 was that nobody except Big Star (and maybe Badfinger and The Raspberries) and wanted to sound like this -- simple, light pop with sweet harmonies and jangly guitars. Since then, dozens of bands have rediscovered those pleasures. But in a way, that's an advantage because, whatever freshness is lost across the years, Big Star's craft is only confirmed. These are sturdy songs, feelingly performed, and once you get beyond the style to the content, you'll still be impressed."

Big Star's resurgence in the 1980s happened when bands such as R.E.M, Teenage Fanclub and The Replacements sited the influence of the band on their music.  Subsequently, the band acquired a cult following and in 1993 two of the original band members reformed the band with two new members and toured for the next ten odd years.  In 1999, one of their songs, In The Streets, was used as the opening song for the US sitcom That 70s Show and the band's music start become more and more mythical.

It is an interesting story and as such so is the movie, but I recommend just putting on #1 Record or Radio City and listen for yourself.