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Big Star News

Members of REM, Hot Chip, The Raconteurs, Teenage Fanclub to take part in Big Star tribute night

The 'Sister Lovers' show will happen at London's Barbican on May 28

  • May 2, 2012

Big Star's original bassist Andy Hummel dies aged 59

Cult star passes away after a two-year battle with cancer

  • Jul 21, 2010

Stars honour Big Star's late singer at SXSW

Members of REM, The Lemonheads pay tribute to Alex Chilton

  • Mar 21, 2010

Big Star singer safe after hurricane

Alex Chilton survives New Orleans storm…

  • Sep 7, 2005


The cult guitar heroes return...

  • Jul 26, 2005

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Big Star Music Videos

Thirteen [Alternate Mix] Play Video

Thirteen [Alternate Mix]

Watch the official Thirteen [Alternate Mix] video by Big Star in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Big Star Play Video

Big Star

Watch the official Big Star video by Kenny Chesney in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

all star big band Play Video

all star big band

big band. Watch the official all star big band video by COBRAPRODUCCIONES@GMAIL.COM in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Le Nerf De La Guerre DJ QUICK Play Video

Le Nerf De La Guerre DJ QUICK

Big Ali & Mac Tyer Blood Money - 1er clip extrait de l'album 'Le Nerf De La Guerre' de DJ QUICK en précommande le 30 septembre / Sortie officielle le 04 novembre - KassDED : La chaine du hip-hop ! Abonne-toi :...

Urban Electro Documentary Play Video

Urban Electro Documentary

Watch the official Urban Electro Documentary video by BIG ALI in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

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Big Star Reviews

Nobody Can Dance

Nobody Can Dance

So named after the instructions given to the good people of Memphis attending this 1973 benefit concert, this LP is not so much evidence of Draconian prance-prohibition, as why bums on seats makes goo

  • Apr 26, 1999

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Big Star Biography

Big Star was an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, and Andy Hummel. The group broke up in 1974, but reorganized with a new line-up nearly 20 years later. In its first era, the band's musical style drew on the vocal harmonies of The Beatles, as well as the swaggering rhythms of The Rolling Stones and the jangling guitars of The Byrds. To the resulting power pop, Big Star added dark, existential themes, and produced a style that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Before it broke up, Big Star created a "seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations" in the words of Rolling Stone, as the "quintessential American power pop band" and "one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll".

Big Star's first album--1972's #1 Record--was met by enthusiastic reviews, but ineffective marketing by Stax Records and limited distribution stunted its commercial success. Frustration took its toll on band relations, and by the time a second album was completed in 1974 both Bell and Hummel had left the group. Like #1 Record, Radio City received excellent reviews, but label issues again thwarted sales--Columbia Records, which had assumed control of the Stax catalog, likewise effectively vetoed its distribution. After a third album was deemed non-commercially viable and shelved before receiving a title, the band broke up late in 1974. Four years later, the first two Big Star LPs were released together as a double album. The band's third album was finally issued soon afterward; entitled Third/Sister Lovers, it found limited commercial success. Shortly thereafter, Chris Bell was killed in a car accident at the age of 27.

The Big Star discography drew renewed attention in the 1980s when R.E.M. and other popular bands cited the group as an influence. In 1992, interest was further stimulated by Rykodisc's reissues of the band's albums, complemented by a collection of Bell's solo work. In 1993, Chilton and Stephens reformed Big Star with recruits Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, and gave a concert at the University of Missouri. The band remained active, performing tours in Europe and Japan, and released a new studio album, In Space, in 2005. Chilton died on March 17, 2010, after being admitted to a New Orleans hospital with heart problems. Hummel, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, died on July 19, 2010. These deaths left Stephens as the sole surviving founding member.

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