Memphis musician Jody Stephens has every reason to be skeptical of the pop music world, even cynical at this point in his life.
The drummer was recruited by Box Tops singer and songwriter Alex Chilton in 1971 to join his new band, Big Star, which recorded three albums, none of which ever scratched the Billboard 200 Albums list of the nation’s bestsellers.
He also joined the loose collective of indie-rock musicians Golden Smog, another band that never dented the pop charts.
Even after Big Star became a touchstone for a subsequent wave of rock acts, including the likes of R.E.M. and the Replacements — R.E.M.’s Peter...