Production Journal Monday, January 16, 2012
The New Year is upon us but we’ve hardly noticed here at Big Star Headquarters, or BS HQ as it’s affectionately known to those we’ve been wrangling up and chatting with lately. In November we had the distinct honor to host internationally recognized video artist, author and musician Tav Falco right here in our Brooklyn office during a rare state-side visit. Tav grew up in the same Memphis scene as Alex Chilton where the two became great friends and collaborators in the art damage band, Tav Falco’s Panther Burns. We spoke with Tav about Alex’s unique voice, a mixture of Chet Baker, Mel Torme and Frank Sinatra. We also learned about Alex’s love of baseball! Tav is a true Southern gentleman and we’re so lucky to have his input for the Big Star story!
Hot on the heels of Tav’s visit we also had the great fortune to sit down with uber-cool, renowned rock critic and author, Jaan Uhelszki. Jaan began writing for Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine at the same time as the notorious Lester Bangs. She got to see Big Star perform live in Memphis in 1973 at the now infamous International Rock Writers Convention, which plays an important role in our story as well.
Stay tuned to the Big Star movie blog for more exciting updates and premiere information!