This beautiful, hard-cover coffee table book is the result of a five year labor of love from publisher Fabrice Couillerot and photographer Donna Ranieri.  The first authorized monograph of Memphis’ cult heroes Big Star is a wonderful collection of photos of this enigmatic and beloved band, some previously unseen, and chronicles the life of Big Star with over 200 color and black and white photographs by artists such as William Eggleston, Michael O’Brien, Maude Schuyler Clay, Carole Manning, David Bell, Stephanie Chernikowski, and David Godlis and historic images from the vaults of Ardent Records.  An incredible array of images by a dream group of artists.

There are also exclusive new interviews with select photographers as well as drummer Jody Stephens, the sole remaining original member of Big Star and David Bell, the brother of guitarist/founder Chris Bell, plus an introduction by Bob Mehr, author of Trouble Boys:
The True Story Of The Replacements – an authority on Big Star and contributor to the Big Star career retrospective box set, Keep An Eye On The Sky.

Big Star — Isolated in the Light was published October 14th in a limited edition hardback run of 1,000 numbered copies: 500 of the standard version, and 500 of the “Signature Edition” which features a previously unpublished signed and numbered 10″x7.5″ print from Michael O’Brien and two posters (of which I was fortunate enough to get – my own copy is number 217).

If you love Big Star and you’re a completist, you must not miss your opportunity to add this to your collection.  This is a must.

Available for a limited time now




About the Author

Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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