BIG STAR Documentary Gets a Trailer and Poster

Magnolia Pictures is releasing the rock and roll documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me simultaneously to theaters, iTunes, and VOD on July 3, and the indie distribution company recently gave us a peek at the poster and trailer for the film.

The poster (courtesy of The Playlist) features the iconic logo of the Memphis-based power pop quartet Big Star, which also served as the album cover for their 1972 debut, #1 Record.  Though Big Star would only release three albums before guitarist/vocalist Chris Bell was killed in a 1978 car accident, the group is cited as a seminal influence on the alternative music boom of the ‘80s and ‘90s.


The trailer – seen below and on iTunes – gives a brief introduction to the Big Star story: the instant critical acclaim, the poor promotion and weak sales of their albums, and their re-evaluation as an essential American rock band.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me trailer

It’s unfortunate that Big Star’s creative nucleus – Bell and guitarist/vocalist Alex Chilton, who died of a heart attack in 2010 – did not get to contribute more to this retrospective, but it seems full of insight on how the band persevered with its beautifully bittersweet, melancholy sound at a time when rock music was entering its ultra-hedonistic, arena-conquering phase.

Are you planning to see Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me?  What other “underrated” bands deserve the documentary treatment?  Sound off in the comments!

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