Big Star was a rock band that was only around between 1971 and 1974. They never had much commercial success despite critical acclaim for each of their three albums.
Their success would come later, as popular bands in the 1980s listed Big Star as an important influence. This was the start of people's recognition of their work. Nowadays, many consider Big Star to be up there with The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.
Nothing Can Hurt Me tells the story of Big Star, and features commentary from members of R.E.M., The Flaming Lips, Cheap Trick, and more. It will be released on July 3.
Also, there will be a tribute concert to Big Star in Central Park on June 30. The show will feature an all-star band performing Big Star's album, Third:
Big Star’s Third is a full performance of the iconic album by an astonishing who’s who of rock music featuring famed vocalists including Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark), Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), supported by an all-star band including Mike Mills (R.E.M.) on bass; Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (The dB’s), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star) and Richard Lloyd (Television) on guitar; Dale Baker (Sixpence None the Richer) playing percussion; Charles Cleaver on keys; Django Haskins (The Old Ceremony), Brett Harris and Skylar Gudasz on harmony and guitar; and original Big Star member Jody Stephens on drums, all backed with a twenty-piece chamber orchestra including famed cellist Jane Scarpantoni and the Uptown Horns. In addition, the concert will feature a selection of earlier songs, including the much-hailed “September Gurls” and “In The Streets” (which was used as the theme of the popular TV sitcom “That ‘70s Show,” performed by Cheap Trick).
The concert will be free. More information can be found on the City Parks Foundation website.