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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Review

Big Star Nothing Can Hurt Me Review

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Big Star had one of the biggest chasms between commercial success and critical praise, and because of that, they have become underground legends. While their music really should have appealed on a larger scale (I’m not sure why they couldn’t have seen the same success as power-pop brethren Cheap Trick), they certainly – like Velvet Underground – have their influence shown in how many bands they inspired,  including R.E.M., The Replacements, Wilco, and Teenage

Who Is Harry Nilsson? Review

Who Is Harry Nilsson? Review

Who Is Harry Nilsson? (And Why Is Everyone Talking About Him) Who Is Harry Nilsson? (And Why Is Everyone Talking About Him) has to be one of the best titles for a documentary I can think of, speaking on the fact that nobody knows who he is and the title playing on his biggest hit, Midnight Cowboy’s title sequence track “Everybody’s Talkin”. The documentary covers the life and trials of Harry Nilsson, one of the greatest American singer/songwriters of all

Mistaken for Strangers Review

Mistaken for Strangers Review

Mistaken for Strangers Rock docs tend to follow pretty similar storylines: it’s either the “real-life” portrait of a band, a story of an unsung hero being discovered, or a document of a momentous event. The National documentary Mistaken for Strangers is misleading to even call a documentary of the National: the movie is only about the National tangentially, as the film is really a failed documentary about the National turned into a documentary about the relationship of lead singer Matt

20 Feet from Stardom Review

20 Feet from Stardom film review

20 Feet From Stardom Documentary filmmakers love to tell the story of the unsung hero, and there is no bigger unsung hero in the history of rock ‘n’ roll than the backup singer. 20 Feet from Stardom, the now 2nd consecutive music documentary to win an Academy Award following last year’s Searching for Sugar Man win, is a triumphant film documenting the history of backup singing (specifically gospel-rooted backup singing that has been prominent in rock music since its inception)

A Band Called Death Review

A Band Called Death

A Band Called Death Rock history is filled with tragedy: ugly band breakups, festival disasters, and deaths at 27. So when you actually get a documentary about a band called “death”, one might expect more of the same tragedy. And while there is some tragedy in this story about three religious Detroit brothers playing punk music in 1974 before punk was punk who somehow went completely unheard, the heart of the story is absolutely life-affirming: celebrating family, rock ‘n’ roll,

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