“Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” just might break your heart. The Drew DeNicola & Olivia Mori-directed documentary tells the story of Big Star, the greatest, most profoundly beautiful train wreck in the history of American rock music. Led by the twin songwriting tour de force that was Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, Big Star recorded three albums in the early ’70s that went nowhere fast, but rather miraculously became massively influential on several generations of musicians, record-makers and songwriters long after the band had ceased to exist.
“#1 Record,” “Radio City” and “Third/Sister Lovers” are widely held to be the definitive power-pop albums in American music at this point, but back when they were released, they caused nary a ripple. DeNicola and Mori’s tender-hearted documentary sheds some light on why Big Star couldn’t get itself arrested during its lifetime – and how record label mishandling may have had something to do with that commercial failure. It also celebrates the band’s groundbreaking and, as the years have proven, timeless music. It’s a must-see for fans, but folks unfamiliar with Big Star might discover a lifelong love here. “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” gets a one-time screening at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Squeaky Wheel (712 Main St.). Admission is $7 at the door. Learn more through Squeaky.org/events.
– Jeff Miers