While it's not open to the general public, this is nonetheless pretty tantalizing: On July 26, the Memphis chapter of the Recording Academy is screening a new full-length documentary about the inestimable power-pop band Big Star, a group whose negligible chart success during their brief tenure in the '70s was in inverse proportion to the massive influence the band had on subsequent generations of guitar-wielding pop acts.
"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" blends archival footage with unreleased music and photos, and interviews with drummer Jody Stephens, legendary Little Rock-born producer Jim Dickinson (who produced Big Star's "Third/Sister Lovers," one of the most devastatingly beautiful and timeless works in all of rock 'n' roll) and others involved with the band.
If you're a member of the Recording Academy, you can watch the film free (RSVP here by Friday). The screening starts at 6 p.m. at Malco Studio on the Square.
A trailer and press release are included after the jump.
THE RECORDING ACADEMY® MEMPHIS CHAPTER HOSTS FILM SCREENING AND MEMBERSHIP CELEBRATION BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME ON JULY 26
An Exclusive Advanced Screening for Members of The Recording Academy
MEMPHIS, TN (July 13, 2012) — The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter will present a screening of the film Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me at Malco Studio on the Square on July 26, 2012 from 6 — 10 p.m. The exclusive event offers members of The Recording Academy an early opportunity to screen this highly anticipated, nearly completed film project, which documents the commercial failure, critical acclaim and enduring legacy of the cult phenomenon and legendary Memphis band Big Star. Filmmakers Drew DeNicola, Danielle McCarthy and Olivia Mori will participate in a question-and-answer session immediately following the film led by journalist Bob Mehr. Attendees will also enjoy a rare performance by artists the Memphis Dawls, Susan Marshall, Steve Selvidge, Jody Stephens and others. The event is free to members of The Recording Academy.
BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME explores the journey of the band with fascinating detail through a collection of interviews and footage. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star’s three albums became critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star have been cited as an influence by artists such as R.E.M, the Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliot Smith, and the Flaming Lips, among others. With never-before-seen footage including photos of the band, in-depth interviews and a rousing musical tribute by the bands they inspired, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a story of artistic and musical salvation.
Members of The Recording Academy can RSVP to attend this event here or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 20. As part of this Membership Celebration event, The Recording Academy will offer the opportunity to join or renew membership and receive free admission. Current, joining or renewing members may bring one non-member guest for only $25, space permitting.
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