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Sunday, July 7 2013

"Kind of Serendipity, I Think": An Interview with Jody Stephens of Big Star

Big Star were not talked about much when they were releasing their music, but as their influence spread, so did their legend. With a new documentary in tow, sole surviving member Jody Stephens talks to PopMatters about the band's legacy, followers, and unsung mentors and teachers ...


Monday, March 22 2010

December Boys: On Life and Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton spent his musical life testing the limits of his enormous gifts and the patience of his devoted fans. He was a conflicted artist, equally talented and mistrusting of his talents. Music came easily, so he made it harder.


Thursday, March 18 2010

"I'm in Love with That Song": Remembering Alex Chilton

It's impossible with Chilton's music to not become personally engulfed; it's impossible to not feel an impenetrable attachment to it. The quintessential outsider, his music spoke to generations of fans who encapsulate those wrangled emotions.


Thursday, December 17 2009

The Best Re-Issues of 2009

PopMatters presents our 20 best re-issues of 2009, highlighted by the long overdue remastering of the Beatles oeuvre, a number of '80s and '90s classics, and one of the most storied catalogues in electronic music.


Wednesday, December 2 2009

Making a Case for the Most Underappreciated Band in Pop Music

Big Star may have long dwindled on the threshold of musical ubiquity and dangling obscurity, but it strangely seems like the only befitting legacy for artists so caught between their innate standing as pop music outsiders and their reverential, ever-striving will for superstardom.


Reviews

Sunday, May 6 2012

Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)

Fifteen covers performed with as fine a sense of group interplay as you’ll find outside the jazz world.


Tuesday, October 4 2005

Big Star: In Space

The addition of ex-Posies members has actually succeeding in making Big Star sound more like the bands they influenced than either Number One Record or Radio City.


Wednesday, October 15 2003

Big Star: Big Star Story


Saturday, December 31 1994

Big Star: Radio City

This recording may be the finest rock recording ever reduced to vinyl or CD.


Blogs

Friday, March 7 2014

Counterbalance: Big Star's 'Third/Sister Lovers'

Lo they did rejoice, the bright and pure of voice. And the wrong shall fail and the right prevail. A 1978 (or 1974) cult classic is this week's Counterbalance.


Wednesday, February 19 2014

Ambition Is the Last Refuge of the Failure

Sound Affects examines the recent trend of musical acts gaining popularity from word-of-mouth documentaries, using the cases of Death, Big Star, Anvil, and Rodriguez.


Wednesday, February 22 2012

Big Star Story to Debut at SXSW Next Month

The long-awaited Big Star documentary is set to have its debut next month at South by Southwest in Austin.


Wednesday, March 16 2011

The Top 5 Most Anticipated Music Documentaries

Music geeks are salivating at the prospect of these five upcoming music documentaries.


Tuesday, March 23 2010

The Replacements: In Love with Alex Chilton’s Song

I have to confess, I’m not too familiar with the musical oeuvre of the recently-passed Alex Chilton. Most of what I know about the


Rock Hard, Chilton (Marginal Utility) [18.Mar.10]
Alex Chilton R.I.P. (1950 - 2010) (Sound Affects) [18.Mar.10]

News

Thursday, March 18 2010

RIP Alex Chilton, American Music Man

AUSTIN, Texas — I was supposed to go out and hear some music. I didn't know if it would be some clanging revelation, a sound I'd


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