Although never a great commercial success, Alex Chilton’s ‘70s rockers went on to be one of the most name-checked bands of the last 40 years, and director Drew DeNicola’s film attempts to put their impact on those who followed in perspective.
Chief among the contributors is Peter Buck of REM, who declares “Big Star served as a Rosetta Stone for a whole generation of musicians.”
In their original incarnation, the band were together for just three years and three albums, their existence blighted by false dawns, disappointment, internal conflict and initial industry indifference.
Clearly a fan, DeNicola has unearthed engrossing archive footage, and gathered an impressive roster of talking heads to sing the band’s praises, plus contributions from the surviving players themselves (Chilton died of a heart attack in 2010).
Release details to be confirmed