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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me 2012 ***

One of the problems of Kickstarter funding is that it favours projects that have a large fan-base; it would be unlikely to fund a documentary like Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, primarily because the band under investigation never made it big. Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori’s film makes a strong case for digging out the Big Star catalogue; the music sounds great, and their laid-back sound is clearly a jumping off point for bands from The Flaming Lips to Teenage Fanclub. And although the deaths of Chris Bell and Alex Chilton means the can’t contribute, the film-makers have done an excellent job tracking down rare and archive footage, telling the story of a band who, in hindsight, were too good to last. If you’ve never heard of Big Star, this film is well worth checking out; Nothing Can Hurt Me opens the door to a treasure-trove of great songwriting.



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