Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live... and More

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.

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photo of Benno Nelson



Benno Nelson

Executive Producer:

Lowell Rottenberg


Sig Sigworth, Elizabeth Boettcher James, Chris Stamey


Scott Rettberg


Emilio Martinez, Benno Nelson, Steve Banta

Principal Cast:

Chris Stamey, Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Ken Stringfellow, Pat Sansone, Mitch Easter, Jon Auer, Jeff Tweedy, Robyn Hitchcock, Kronos Quartet


Public Film Contact:

Sig Sigworth
Concord Bicycle Music

Publicity Contact:

Cary Baker

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Platinum Badge
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Secondary Access
Music Badge
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Film Festival Wristband
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95 mins