Humanities Moments

Items in the Big Star Tribute Collection

A Soul Filled with Music
Thomas describes the impact that a conductor at a childhood music camp had in showing her the transformative potential of music. His passion and intensity led to a strong performative connection between members of the camp’s orchestra.Curator's…

In the Presence of True Magic
Sansone remembers a childhood opportunity to watch from the wings of his hometown theater as Gladys Knight performed. As he describes it, seeing her transform into a dazzling presence on stage, captivating the audience with her music, her persona,…

An Invitation to a Community of Musicians
Crawford recalls how a potentially traumatic move to a new high school at the age of fourteen could have been a distressing experience, but ultimately showed him the power of community, acceptance, and music.

Cultivating Emotional Intelligence Through Classical Music
As a child, Ken Stringfellow had difficulty relating to others and understanding seemingly inscrutable social cues. Turning to his parents’ collection of LPs changed all that. By immersing himself in symphonic compositions, he was able to understand…

Riots and the Rolling Stones: Musical Youth Culture in 1970s Greece
Parthenon describes his experience growing up as a musically-minded American expatriate in Greece in the 1960s and early 1970s. After a Greek military coup, opportunities to see live American rock shows ceased entirely. As a result, when the film…

How Big Star Saved Pop Rock
Peter Holsapple describes his dismay as a Beatles fan growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina when subsequent pop rock, in his opinion, failed to live up to their high standard. That all changed one day when he listened to an album by the band…

Becoming a One-Man Band
Heitzenrater describes his transition from an early focus on classical music to the revelation that multi-track recording could enable him to reach new creative heights in musical composition and engineering. Curator's note: John Heitzenrater, a…