Big Star was an American power pop 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
vocal harmonies of The Beatles, as well as the swaggering rhythms of The
Rolling Stones and the jangling guitars of The Byrds. To the resulting
power pop, Big Star added dark, existential themes, and produced a style
that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Their
first two albums, #1 Record and Radio City, suffered from ineffective
marketing but garnered enthusiastic reviews; Rolling Stone called the
band a “quintessential American power pop band” that was “one of the
most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll”. In 1993,
Chilton and Stephens re-formed Big Star with Jon Auer and Ken
Stringfellow. After tours in Europe and Japan, they released a new
studio album, In Space, in 2005. Big Star was inducted into the Memphis
Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
In a conspiracy to replace the Medici family as rulers of the
Florentine Republic, the Pazzi family attacked Lorenzo de’ Medici and
killed his brother Giuliano during High Mass at the Florence Duomo.
American Revolutionary War: Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington
rode forty miles through the night to warn militiamen under the control
of her father that British troops were planning to invade Danbury,
In Naperville, Illinois, US, two passenger trains collided,
leaving 45 people dead and some 125 injured.
The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Chernobyl, Ukrainian
SSR, suffered a steam explosion, resulting in a fire, a nuclear
meltdown, and the evacuation and resettlement of over 336,000 people
Expelled student Robert Steinhäuser murdered 16 people and
wounded seven others before committing suicide at the Gutenberg-
Gymnasium Erfurt in Erfurt, Germany.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
The systematic destruction of a culture.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
If God be God and man a creature made in image of the divine
intelligence, his noblest function is the search for truth.
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