After finally watching the documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, Matthew is able to fill in some blanks (his own) regarding the band’s history and music. Joe has more experience with Big Star, and queries Matthew on bringing fresh eyes to the subject. How often do we revere certain works because of perceived canonization?
The band’s expansive influence yet tragic story are recounted. Perhaps most surprisingly, the central role that a Memphis TGI Fridays played in the band’s history is explored (yes, TGI Fridays). As if that’s not enough, don’t forget the part photographer William Eggleston played, or The Box Tops and their single, “The Letter.” Oh, and Stax Records.
All of this culminates in the recollection of themes discussed in earlier podcast episodes on the creative life: Specifically:
- How does one stay true to their own unique creative path?
- How does one find their own unique creative path anyway?
- What is success in the creative life?
- What are the factors that contribute to success in the arts?
Real answers are few. For now.