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Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Years Active: 1971-1974, 1993-present
Genres: Rock, Power Pop

Big Star was an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel. The group broke up in 1974, but reorganized with a new line-up nearly 20 years later. In its first era, the band's musical style drew on the work of British Invasion groups including The Beatles and The Kinks, as well as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, and other U.S. acts. To the resulting power pop, Big Star added dark, nihilistic themes, and produced a style that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Big Star's first album, 1972's “#1 Record,” was met by enthusiastic reviews, but ineffective marketing by Stax Records and limited distributi... Continue Bio >>

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