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Big Star artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Interviews & Profiles

Big Star's members pose in front of their barn.

January 16, 2013 Listen to an interview with Big Star drummer Jody Stephens about Memphis' power-pop scene.

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Discover Songs

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September 7, 2009 From now until its release on Sept. 15, stream the box set's remarkable first disc in its entirety.

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June 8, 2009 A power pop classic from Big Star, Malaysian singer Zee Avi, a new Danger Mouse project, more.

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November 27, 2005 For a holiday edition of Director's Cuts, Ned Wharton presents picks of the year's best music.

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October 13, 2003 Powerful new folk rock from Dave Dondero; Pete Seeger's grandson with The Mammals; Indian folk s...

News

Big Star's 'Keep An Eye On The Sky'

March 18, 2010 In remembrance of Big Star's Alex Chilton, Ed Ward reviews the band's Keep An Eye On The Sky.

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Reviews

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February 2, 2010 Rock historian Ed Ward tells the story of the band with the worst luck in American rock history.

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November 27, 2005 For a holiday edition of Director's Cuts, Ned Wharton presents picks of the year's best music.

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March 27, 2014 Holly George-Warren's new bio is poignant and forthright portrait of the Big Star singer.

The Memphis pop band Big Star (composed at one point of, from left to right, Andy Hummel, Jody Stephens, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton) would eventually be acknowledged as a significant force among purveyors of power-pop — though not until years after the group's demise.

July 2, 2013 The cult band Big Star never fully earned its name until years after it fell apart.

Big Star #1 Record

June 9, 2011 Intern Micah Loewinger finally digs into an album by Jeff Tweedy's biggest influence, Big Star.

NPR Artist Directory

Chopin

Frederic Chopin

Hear Chopin's music in performance and perspective.

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Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch

Enjoy archival interviews and performances from the folk revivalist.

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Spoon

Spoon

Music, live concerts and interviews with the pop-rock band.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

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Bon Iver

Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Hear essential recordings and performances from the lauded quartet.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Hear concerts and interviews with the grandiose art-rock band.

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Big Star Story

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Dimanche a Bamako

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In Space

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Our New Orleans 2005

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Dimanche a Bamako

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Volume 5: Anatomic

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  • Artist: Afro Celt Sound System
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In Space

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Keep an Eye on the Sky

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  • Released: 2009