Big Star: The Short Life, Painful Death, and Unexpected

Big Star: The Short Life, Painful Death, and Unexpected



10 thoughts on “Big Star: The Short Life, Painful Death, and Unexpected Resurrection of the Kings of Power Pop

  1. Tosh Tosh says:

    In one word to describe the band Big Star Iconic Like the Velvet Underground, Ziggy Stardust, and the early to mid Kinks, the work is faultless Big Star is part of that grouping due that they made music at a specific time in a special city that s Memphis To make such perfect noise in the Memphis landscape is quite remarkable Does that genius come through the Memphis tap water Sun Records, Stax, and then Big Star Rob Jovanovic did a great job with respect to research and capturing what mak In one word to describe the band Big Star Iconic Like the Velvet Underground, Ziggy Stardust, and the early to mid Kinks, the work is faultless Big Star is part of that grouping due that they made music at a specific time in a special city that s Memphis To make such perfect noise in the Memphis landscape is quite remarkable Does that genius come through the Memphis tap water Sun Records, Stax, and then Big Star Rob Jovanovic did a great job with respect to research and capturing what makes Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens music so special The one sour note, and it is not the author s fault, that he didn t get to speak directly to Chilton, who without a doubt, is probably one of the most interesting figures in contemporary pop music Bruce Eaton s book on Big Star s Radio City part of the 33 1 3 series is a much better book, due that he had actually had a relationship with Chilton, and Alex was willing to talk to him Through that book one finds out he was devoted to Civil War history,and was quite knowledgeable about Memphis and New Orleans history Plus he was totally devoted to the world of Zodiac signs and had a long interesting relationship with the great photographer William Eggleston But by no means does that mean one should ignore Jovanovic s book Its a very good and detailed book, especially the early years of The Box Tops bio on a band that is endlessly fascinating So do get this beautifully produced edition by the great Jaw Bone , as well as Eaton s book on Radio City and the masterpiece by Robert Gordon It Came From Memphis The beauty of the Alex Chilton narrative is one gets a bigger picture of Memphis as well as American music


  2. Kiof Kiof says:

    Shockingly bleak bio of a band that it is at least superficially considered a little happy go lucky Bell and Chilton do not come out unscathed they both seem like total nuts, while Hummel and Stephens seem to be the epitome of normal guys After reading the book, Chilton s post Flies which is a great record, I don t care what ya think music makessense The philosophy of that 80 2000 s music was cynical about big meanings, appreciative of very small, simple things Those ideas might n Shockingly bleak bio of a band that it is at least superficially considered a little happy go lucky Bell and Chilton do not come out unscathed they both seem like total nuts, while Hummel and Stephens seem to be the epitome of normal guys After reading the book, Chilton s post Flies which is a great record, I don t care what ya think music makessense The philosophy of that 80 2000 s music was cynical about big meanings, appreciative of very small, simple things Those ideas might not make a great song, but they re a pretty good recipe for a happy life, which is what I think what Chilton got when he rescinded the Faustian bargain He got his real soul back, but lost most of his musical one somewhere around the time of Lost My Job Essential reading for anybody who loves I am the Cosmos and or 3rd


  3. Clay Clay says:

    The story of one of my favorite obscure bands Lots of great info, interviews, tidbits, etc., but poorly written and organized.


  4. Warren Truitt Warren Truitt says:

    An OK bio, not that informative, but when there s next to nothing out there about a band you like, you gotta take what you can get.


  5. Jeter Jeter says:

    i will read anything that has to do with the greatest band that ever existed.


  6. Lori Lori says:

    If you ve never heard of Big Star, you re not alone and welcome to the cult I grew up in the 1970s but only came to learn about them in my 40s Obscure as they may be, Big Star has a bigger following today than they did when they first recorded and toured in the 1970s It seems that most people who hear their music love it then now but for a variety of reasons including record company distribution problems beyond their control , they never found an audience at least, not at the tim If you ve never heard of Big Star, you re not alone and welcome to the cult I grew up in the 1970s but only came to learn about them in my 40s Obscure as they may be, Big Star has a bigger following today than they did when they first recorded and toured in the 1970s It seems that most people who hear their music love it then now but for a variety of reasons including record company distribution problems beyond their control , they never found an audience at least, not at the time their records were originally released Maybe they jinxed themselves after all, they had the audacity to call themselves Big Star although they did lift the name logo from a local supermarket chain and their first album 1 Record Over the years, Big Star s legacy has continued to grow as new generations and those of us who missed out the first time around continue to re discover their music, sometimes when it s recorded by other bands musicians For example, the 1990s sitcom That 70s Show used In the Street as its theme song, and the all female band The Bangles recorded the Big Star song September Gurls in the 1980s Singer guitarist Alex Chilton died of a heart attack in 2010 at the far too young age of 59, just before a reconstituted version of Big Star was supposed to play at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas Not long afterward, original bass player Andy Hummel also passed away from cancer , and I remember reading both obituaries in the newspapers at the time Drummer Jody Stephens is the lone remaining member of the original lineup Big Star The Story of Rock s Forgotten Band by Rob Jovanovic, first published in 2004, was recently updated re released There s aren t many books out there on the band so if you are into Big Star or want to learnabout them, this would be essential reading It s a good primer and well researched although I must confess I found the writing slightly flat I did enjoy learningin its pages about group founder Chris Bell, who tragically joined the 27 Club in 1978 when he crashed his car into a lamppost, and whose huge contribution to the group has been overshadowed by Alex Chilton s Foron Big Star and Alex Chilton specifically, try A Man Called Destruction The Life and Music of Alex Chilton by Holly George Warren There s also a good documentary about Big Star, Nothing Can Hurt Me, which was released in 2012 to critical acclaim


  7. Allan Heron Allan Heron says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this very readable book about the legend of Big Star I was one of those who bought the double album release of 1 Record Radio City when it came out in the UK Although I might be classed an early adopter much of the background was not known to me Looking back now, it seems astonishing that these guys have left such a huge imprint on music It s still hard to really get into Alex Chilton s head but there is a feeling that he had so muchto give Also, very pleased to ha Thoroughly enjoyed this very readable book about the legend of Big Star I was one of those who bought the double album release of 1 Record Radio City when it came out in the UK Although I might be classed an early adopter much of the background was not known to me Looking back now, it seems astonishing that these guys have left such a huge imprint on music It s still hard to really get into Alex Chilton s head but there is a feeling that he had so muchto give Also, very pleased to have a fuller account of Chris Bell s life I had thought his death was drug related and was almost relieved to discover that was not the case.If you haven t heard the albums, rectify that now You ll want to read this book to find out how such sublime music came about


  8. Dave Dave says:

    Jovanovic does a really good job in his research on this relatively great, but hard luck band Very similar in ways to Badfinger I really liked how the chapters gave start and end years so it was easy for me to go back and find a certain time in the band s career to check something on I would have liked to have seen somepictures of the band and solo throughout the book rather than just the intro pages, but the book is fairly detailed and you can tell a ton of research was done on the a Jovanovic does a really good job in his research on this relatively great, but hard luck band Very similar in ways to Badfinger I really liked how the chapters gave start and end years so it was easy for me to go back and find a certain time in the band s career to check something on I would have liked to have seen somepictures of the band and solo throughout the book rather than just the intro pages, but the book is fairly detailed and you can tell a ton of research was done on the author s part Highly recommended to fans of the music


  9. Dean Dean says:

    The great should have been huge rock band that never quite made it.


  10. Curtis Kise Curtis Kise says:

    Informative, but dry.


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