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Big Star's Third + Friends

Central Presbyterian Church, 208 E. 8th St., Austin, TX

2017 Official Showcase Presenter

A special orchestrated performance of selections from both Big Star’s legendary Third album and their earlier releases, featuring an all-star cast, including members of Austin’s own Tosca Strings. Preceded by sets by three superb singer/songwriters.

Date: Friday, March 17 Venue: Central Presbyterian Church (200 E 8th St.)

Opening: Parker Millsap, Skylar Gudasz, Robyn Hitchcock

Performance of Big Star’s Third by: Jody Stephens (Big Star), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star), Mitch Easter (Let's Active), Chris Stamey (The dB's), Brett Harris, Skylar Gudasz, Robyn Hitchcock, and members of Austin’s own Tosca Strings.

Documentary Screening *WORLD PREMIERE*

Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 320 E 6th St., Austin, TX

A celebration of the musical legacy of Memphis' best-known secret - Big Star - and their legendary THIRD album. Performed by a collective featuring members of Big Star, the dB's, Let's Active, the Old Ceremony, the Posies, R.E.M., Semisonic, Wilco, and Yo La Tengo with Kronos Quartet, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Robyn Hitchcock, Jessica Pratt, Luther Russell and others. Following the untimely death of Alex Chilton two days ahead of Big Star's SXSW performance in 2010, famous friends and fans came from far and wide to play the gig in his honor. Much of that spontaneous ensemble, along with other musical titans, return to SXSW in this triumphant film.

DIRECTOR BIO

Benno Nelson began his career directing music videos, fortunate enough to direct pieces for Beck, James Bay, Dwight Yoakam and Quincy Jones. In 2009 Nelson created Yes Equals Yes, a mind melting production company. Y=Y clients include Republic Records, Warner Brothers Records, AMC, Sundance, the Weinstein Company and Sony. www.yesequalsyes.com

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Official trailer for THIRD LIVE documentary

Official trailer for the 'Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live... and More!' documentary. From director Benno Nelson, the film showcases the live performance of the Third album plus other favorites. Jody is joined by members of R.E.M., The dB's, Semisonic, Wilco, The Posies, and more. In stores April 21st! 

Preorder “Thank You, Friends”: 
2-CD/Blu-Ray: http://smarturl.it/ThankYouFriends_BR 
2-CD/DVD: http://smarturl.it/ThankYouFriends_DVD 
2-CD: http://smarturl.it/ThankYouFriends_CD

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SXSW Film Festival: Big Star's Third Live


​Fantastically fun to announce that Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live will premiere at the 2017 South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, TX on Thursday March 16th.

More details to come! 
 
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Vol. 1 Complete Third - Vinyl Release 11/25

Omnivore Recordings will release Complete Third Vol. 1 on a double LP Friday November 25th.
Check your local record stores!

From Omnivore:

First of three volumes that will bring Big Star’s Complete Third to vinyl. 

“Ask any of the original participants who made the record, and none of them would say they expected this album to even see a real release, much less end up on Rolling Stone>’s list of the 500 best albums of all time… It’s an amazing snapshot of the artists and the times and circumstances in

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Book Release Party

Big Star: Isolated In the Light Book Release Party
Thursday October 20th
Brooks Museum
Memphis, TN
*Free*

5:30pm - Mingling and cocktails (cash bar)
6:30pm - Panel discussion with Bob Mehr moderating, featuring Jody Stephens, David Bell, Michael O'Brien, and Maude Schuyler Clay.
Books will be available for purchase and a signing will follow the discussion.

Click for more details.

 
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Complete Third out now!


Complete Third from Omnivore Recordings is out now! 

“Ask any of the original participants who made the record, and none of them would say they expected this album to even see a real release, much less end up on Rolling Stone>’s list of the 500 best albums of all time… It’s an amazing snapshot of the artists and the times and circumstances in which the recordings were made. It’s a great testament to Third that an album that almost nobody was interested in at the time of its pressing, is now loved and

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Americana Fest: Ardent Studios 50th Anniversary

Tomorrow in Nashville, TN the Americana Fest is hosting a panel discussing Ardent Studios' 50th Annviersary. The panel will be moderated by Bob Mehr (writer for Memphis' The Commercial Appeal and Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements) and feature guests Jody Stephens, Steve Earle, and Paul Ebersold.

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Big Star Book Launch Party

Join Jody and the team from First Third Books to celebrate the release of Big Star: Isolated In The Light.

Thursday October 20, 2016
Brooks Museum
Memphis, TN
5:30pm

Join First Third Books, Big Star drummer Jody Stephens and photographers Michael O’Brien, Maude Schuyler Clay and David Bell for a celebration of the release of BIG STAR – Isolated in the Light. This limited edition photography book chronicles the career of the now-iconic cult band from Memphis and features over 200 color and black and white

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"Thirteen" - GRAMMY Museum L.A.

A very special performance of "Thirteen" at The GRAMMY Museum L.A. last month, to honor Ardent Studios' 50th Anniversary. Jody is joined by Those Pretty Wrongs partner Luther Russell and good friend R.E.M.'s Mike Mills.

Happy September, Gurls

It's September 1st and here's Jody sharing a tid bit about "September Gurls" from Radio City!