Big Star's influence over R.E.M., the Replacements, the Flaming Lips, Pete Yorn and countless others has been well documented. However, the new feature-length documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me goes even deeper, chronicling the impact of the legendary Memphis rock band through previously-unseen footage, photos, all-new interviews and music.
In this exclusive video excerpt, filmmakers Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori go beyond the heyday of the short-lived but beloved group to hone in on guitarist Chris Bell's brilliant but obscure 1978 solo single, "I Am the Cosmos."As those close to the band note, the song picked up where 1973's Radio City left off and asserts just how integral Bell – who died in a car accident in December 1978 – was to the group's sound.
As Nothing Can Hurt Me affirms, modern rock as we know it was deeply impacted by this ill-fated band, which also featured revered frontman Alex Chilton, drummer Jody Stephens and bassist Andy Hummel.
This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone: Big Star Explore Their Past in 'Nothing Can Hurt Me' - Premiere