Posted: Aug 2, 2013 3:22 pm
Yeah, watched it twice last week (j9 fell asleep the 1st run through) and it was good and sad. Had these random thoughts:
All Dickinson (Jim & Mary Louise) parts are great. All of the Dickinson clan are great.
Ross Johnson is on point.
Shot of Metal Mike at rock writer's convention gets used twice!
Mitch Easter & Chris Stamey win for super-fans. Very cool, funny stories.
The 1970 record is not even mentioned (though it's pictured.) This record kinda fucks up the whole "Alex gets bummed out about Big Star failing and just wanting to goof off in the studio afterwards" narrative, 'cause he's doing that pre-Big Star. "Sugar, Sugar" is messed up!
As far as I can tell, and I may be wrong, but there is no Chilton family involement at all. Ex girlfriends, wife, friends, nothing. Which fits into Alex's attitude about Big Star. Not interesting any more. Unless there's $$$ in it... ? He seems to be saying, no, I don't care about Big Star, and I don't care about your movie.
I remember when Big Star played the first time since the 70s (I think) at the New Daisy. Kevin Kinney played for free. Chilton brought up the Royal Pendletons to open and paid them out of Big Star money. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome show. I was so proud of the Pendletons.
Chris Bell dies, and it's sad. The scene with his brother & sister is a very real moment, a very telling and true moment of how your "straight" family sees your complete involvement in music as a waste.
Andy Hummel dies, it's sad.
Alex Chilton dies, it's time for a Big Star show.
The Civil War, err, Big Star re-enactments didn't really bother me, except Micheal Stipe sounds really bad. Love Norman Blake. What is Hot Chip?
Alex is a very, very good singer.
Eggleston is fantastic.
Tav Falco steals the show.