Hanging on the Telephone Podcast

A conversation with 'BIG STAR: Nothing Can Hurt Me' filmmakers Drew DeNicola & Danielle McCarthy Boles (ep. 9 )

December 10, 2020 Rich Tupica Season 1 Episode 9
Hanging on the Telephone Podcast
A conversation with 'BIG STAR: Nothing Can Hurt Me' filmmakers Drew DeNicola & Danielle McCarthy Boles (ep. 9 )
Show Notes

Host (and Chris Bell biographer) Rich Tupica chats with Danielle McCarthy Boles and Drew DeNicola, two of the filmmakers behind Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, the amazing documentary that gave further exposure to the 1970s cult rock band, Big Star. It was a long journey getting the film made, and we dig into many of the hurdles that popped up along the way.

In this hour-long episode, we chat about Chris Bell, Alex Chilton and their short-lived songwriting partnership that birthed the highly-influential #1 Record LP back in 1972. We also talk about the influence their producer John Fry (owner of Ardent Studios) had on the band. 

Nothing Can Hurt Me (Magnolia Pictures) is the definitive documentary about the beloved band.  Together less than four years (during its initial run as a band), Big Star flirted with mainstream success but never achieved it. Nonetheless, they produced a body of work of seminal importance to pop and alternative music, influencing major artists like R.E.M., The Replacements, Elliot Smith, Beck, The Flaming Lips and countless others. If you STILL haven't watched the film, stream it ... or buy the DVD and get the A+ special features. 

Listen on to find out more about this brilliant rock doc.