Tag: Chris Bell

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Rich Tupica, “There Was a Light: The Cosmic History of Chris Bell and the Rise of Big Star”

As time passes, it gets harder to write about something you love, especially like a band – you veer between adoration, hero worship,...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Big Star, “Live at Lafayette’s Music Room”

Dear God, this is amazing.  Not because it’s Big Star – let’s make one thing clear from the outset:  I...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Chris Bell, “I Am the Cosmos” (Expanded)

So there have been a few occasions where I had been asked to write about Chris Bell’s I Am The Cosmos album – and I’ve...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Chris Bell, “Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star”

This wonderful, 22-track compilation is just part of the work Chris Bell did before he dug his heels in with Big Star in 1971. ...

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Big Star, “The Best of Big Star”

So here’s the short version – Stax Records, in conjunction with Ardent, has finally released a sensible compilation of Big...

CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, Music

DVD/CD Review: “Thank You, Friends: Big Star’s ‘Third’ Live … and More”

Forget objectivity, because you won’t find it here – not from me.  And certainly not about these live, orchestral,...

Book Reviews, Books, Music

Book Review: Fabrice Couillerot and Donna Ranieri, “Big Star: Isolated in the Light”

This beautiful, hard-cover coffee table book is the result of a five year labor of love from publisher Fabrice Couillerot and photographer...

Album Reviews, Music


I’m not going to pretend to be cool, professional or objective – this album is simply stunning.  And for all the right...


Record Store Day Special: Big Star, “Jesus Christ”

I’ll keep this simple – a timely package:  the iconic artwork of the three wise men looking at the neon Big Star...

Album Reviews, CD Reviews, Music

ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Stamey, “Euphoria”

What can be said about the work of Chris Stamey that hasn’t already been said?  The brilliance and precision of his writing and...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Reviews: Big Star, “#1 Record” and “Radio City”

The way I’m going to approach this is to pretend that I’ve never heard #1 Record or Radio City.  I’m going to write...

Film, Music, Popdose Interviews

Popdose Q&A: The Makers of “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me”

I’ve written about this movie previously, but now, with the film making its national premiere in theaters, on InDemand and iTunes on...

Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Chris Stamey

Chris Stamey is the embodiment of the “thinking person’s musician”. His career is epic and storied: first as a member of...

Music, Popdose, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Jody Stephens (Big Star)

When it comes to bands whose critical acclaim far outweighs their record sales, few can compete with Big Star. The band, which initially...

Album Reviews, Music, Popdose

Album Review: Chris Stamey, “Lovesick Blues”

I’m not sure why – I can’t put my finger on it, but this is a special album. Released during the long and sometimes...

Film, Music

Big Star: For All Time

Perfect for fans as well as the uninitiated, the new Big Star documentary is a long-overdue testament to the band's greatness...



Popdose Contest: Big Star, “Third” – Win the Record Store Day Exclusive!

The vinyl release of Big Star "Third" as a Record Store Day exclusive is one of this year's most special offerings. Popdose has a copy for...


Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Alex Chilton (1950-2010)

Alex Chilton was the king of rock 'n' roll. The king of rock 'n' roll is dead. Long live the king....



Alex Chilton Remembered

When Alex Chilton died, it left a gaping hole in the hearts of music fans everywhere. The Popdose staff remembers Chilton's life, music,...


CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Chris Bell, “I Am the Cosmos” Deluxe Reissue

In the summer of 1978, EMI saw the light. Driven by interest in Big Star in the U.K., they released a gatefold double album package...


Infinite Play, Music

Infinite Play: Chris Bell, “You and Your Sister”

This is a series I began on my blog, Wings for Wheels, a few years ago under the awkward title Songs I Never Get Tired Of. When I begged...


CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Big Star, “Keep an Eye on the Sky”

Ken Shane reviews a release that will have power-pop lovers drowning in ecstasy for the rest of the year: the new Big Star box set from...


Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: The Posies in San Francisco, September ’98

Who doesn’t love The Wizard of Oz? (That was a rhetorical question. Put your hands and middle fingers down.) Last week in Bootleg...


Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose Interviews

Jesus of Cool: Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey Shamble Through the “Here and Now”

Erstwhile (and future) dB's Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey have a new record, a new tour, and all kinds of history to discuss with Jon...


Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Friday Mixtape: 6/26/09

Don’t just do something — stand there! Ben Folds Five – Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head from Burt Bacharach: One...


Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Big Star, “Radio City”

You get what you deserve, Big Star fans, so here are the rest of the tracks from the 2000 bootleg “What’s Goin’...