I Really Want This! Big Star Neon Sign

Anyone who collects anything has that one object that is simply unattainable. Usually it is either a cash problem… or it just isn’t available to buy. In my case, it falls into both categories. You see, I have this dream of having a bar that has a single neon sign just off to the side.

This sign

 big star sign

It isn’t just a sign. It is major history in the world of one of my favourite rock bands. It is a story hanging on my wall. It is the ultimate geeky altar to music people who are ‘in the know.’ A way to instantly tell people we worship awesome music in this home.

The sign first shows up on the cover of Big Star’s #1 Record. In fact, it is pretty much the cover.

bs 1

Then it shows up again on a tree for the cover of Big Star Live,

bs live

and once more on the movie poster for the Big Star biography Nothing Can Hurt Me.


It is gorgeous and glorious and the ultimate fan possession.

The cool thing was that a couple years back, some official replicas were made around the same time Omnivore was putting out a special edition of Third/Sisters Lovers for Record Store Day. It was out of my price range.


bs third


But I still want it… it is one of the coolest memorabilia items in existence… but alas, I haven’t won the lottery yet. Guess a poster might have to do.


3 thoughts on “I Really Want This! Big Star Neon Sign

    • As a fan and a person on the outside, that is soooooo incredible. I’ve always seen the neon sign as something that belongs in the rock n roll hall of fame. A ‘holy grail’ of rock history. To have been given one by John Fry… again, the fan in me is freaking out over such an honor. Of course, that’s me as a fan without knowledge or context. Having a celebrity within my family circle (so to speak) I’m often confused as to why ‘people’ make such a big deal. I’m sorry for the loss of your husband, and I hope that whatever becomes of this treasure, whether you pass it on or sell it,that the sign finds a home with someone that can appreciate the fact that it is priceless to a good many people. I find myself wishing I could win the lottery and make an offer on the spot… wow… Sherry, I really hope you are doing well, and that you are able to find a buyer that will display that sign with pride. Thanks for writing.


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