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Sonic Boomers and Bizarros
Hole in the Wall's anniversary weekend reunites the Bizarros
"...& the Bizarros around 1969-70, I think. Big Boy Medlin wrote some songs for them. I joined in 1971,..."

June 11, 2009 Music Post by Margaret Moser

Back Door Man
A profile of Bill Bentley, former Austin Sun writer, current music industry impresario, and producer of tribute albums of Roky Erickson and Skip Spence
"..."Big Boy [James Medlin] was living in a place behind a building on..."

Dec. 17, 1999 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Letters at 3AM: 'Roadie': 30 Years Later
The screenwriter of Roadie visits his younger, more serious self
"...if the guys who wrote the picture (James BigBoy Medlin and myself) can't take a nip of credit for..."

March 26, 2010 Column by Michael Ventura

Look Ma, No Hands!
How the underground press evolved into the alternative press.
"...experience; the rest of us were green. Big Boy Medlin, Bill Bentley, Carlene Brady, Eric "Enrique Pasa" Rosenblum, Margaret..."

Sept. 7, 2001 Column by Michael Ventura

Life A.D.
Former Austin Sun writer Bill Bentley says a prayer for Doug Sahm
"...reason, George's drums were being shipped to Big Boy Medlin's house on Pearl Street. Stopping by early one evening,..."

Nov. 26, 1999 Music Feature by Bill Bentley

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: Roadie
The shot about midway through 'Roadie' that travels from her sparkling shoes slowly up to her beaming face – that's Margaret Moser.
"...the scenes of Roadie. My fellow writers Big Boy Medlin and Michael Ventura boasted screenplay and story credits because..."

March 2, 2012 Music Column by Margaret Moser

Letters at 3AM: 'I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing'
"Route 66" taught me that I did not want to be rooted again
"...their names sounded adventurous: Ginger Varney, James "Big Boy" Medlin, Spider Johnson, Dixie Howard, Naunie Batchelder (whom I'd reference..."

June 29, 2012 Column by Michael Ventura

Future-Kill, Roadie
Hoping to capitalize on the success of Tobe Hooper's 1974 surprise horror hit Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Future-Kill reunited that film's stars Neal and Burns and aimed for a similar creepy / kitschy vein. It failed.Meat Loaf quits his day job to become the world's best roadie. Sound weird? It is.
"...with former Austinite and E! network founder Big Boy Medlin. It was produced by Zalman King (o ye of..."

Jan. 26, 2001 Screens Review by Kimberley Jones

Page Two: Songs of Ourselves
As friends and legends pass, art and memory burst from the present and warn the future
"...– Big Boy Medlin, in a letter to Bill Bentley..."

Aug. 11, 2006 Column by Louis Black

From the Vaults: Before the Deluge
‘Roadie’ beat these other music festivals to Austin
"...the Austin Sun, Michael Ventura and James Big Boy Medlin, were commissioned to write the screenplay for a movie..."

Oct. 11, 2013 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

Letters at 3am
Obama won the election through a uniquely American combination of inspiration and cash
"...America remains, in the words of James Big Boy Medlin, "the tale of a people in search of a..."

Nov. 21, 2008 Column by Michael Ventura

Chapter 4: The Nineties!
March 1991 -- December 2000
"...did my predecessors as Chronicle sports chiefs (Big Boy Medlin and Michael Corcoran), that a highly personalized column --..."

Sept. 7, 2001 Features Feature

Chapter 1: Before the Beginning
The Austin Chronicle is founded and struggles quite a bit.
"...Ventura, Dave Moriaty, Sara Clark, Ginger Varney, Big Boy Medlin, Bill Bentley, Jaxon ... we tip our hats to..."

Sept. 7, 2001 Features Feature

Letters at 3AM
Actions are our only true belongings.
"...get from here to there. Another card Big Boy Medlin gave me: Doc Pomus, the great songwriter, bearded and..."

Feb. 16, 2001 Column by Michael Ventura

Coach's Corner
"...in the Chronicle Sports Department, the estimable Big Boy Medlin or the now respectable Michael Corcoran, could make riveting..."

July 23, 1999 Column by Andy "Coach" Cotton

The Killing Fields, Kind Of
A culinary history of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre farmhouse
"...team he played on with Charlie Loving, Big Boy Medlin, and Doug Sahm. Robert Burns' commercial art company sponsored..."

Oct. 31, 2003 Food Feature by MM Pack

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...serve you a live chicken-fried snake. May Big Boy Medlin send Travis Redfish to forever live on your sofa..."

Sept. 13, 2002 Column

Letters @ 3AM
Cyberspace is nowhere and everywhere, a place where the articles on www.michaelventura.org hover and hang, nailed to a virtual wall like paintings in a museum
"...to the writer's life, expressed best by Big Boy Medlin when we collaborated on a screenplay. We were trying..."

May 9, 2008 Column by Michael Ventura

Drastic Space: Part II
"...night of New York. (Texas legend James "Big Boy" Medlin once said he never understood Charlie Parker and John..."

June 6, 1997 Column by Michael Ventura

Letters at 3am
A bounty to getting older is that you grow tired of the uselessly dramatic aspects of yourself, and most of your fears evaporate
"...A lot. (And I think it was Big Boy Medlin who said, "Nothing in excess, including moderation.") So I..."

Dec. 5, 2008 Column by Michael Ventura

Will a Matchbox Hold My Clothes?
Letters at 3am
"...that second dream-carrying woman. And of course Big Boy Medlin dancing on the stage with a napkin on his..."

March 20, 1998 Column by Michael Ventura

From the Vaults: Nominees on Rewind
The Texas Film Hall of Fame film series in focus
"...Michael Ventura and fellow Austin Sun writer Big Boy Medlin, who created the Redfish character in his regular column..."

Feb. 17, 2012 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

Michael Ventura: Fog-Clearing Instigator, Genius

Dec. 18, 2011 Postmarks

Page Two: Inner Sanctums, Outer Orbits
The intertwined legacies of indie music and the alternative press
"...interesting careers, including Bill Bentley, Michael Ventura, Big Boy Medlin, Margaret Moser, Ginger Varney, and Jeff Nightbyrd...."

Aug. 13, 2010 Column by Louis Black

Letters at 3AM: BigBoy's 'Slap Noir'
James BigBoy Medlin's 'Slap Noir' changed my life in a most concrete fashion
"...the years we partnered as screenwriters, Mr. James BigBoy Medlin wrote a solo script, a pet project of his..."

March 7, 2014 Column by Michael Ventura

'Slap Noir'
BigBoy Medlin's dark comic novel of West Texas: an excerpt
"...Excerpted from Slap Noir by James BigBoy Medlin. Copyright 2014 by James BigBoy Medlin. Reprinted by permission..."

July 18, 2014 Arts Feature by James BigBoy Medlin

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: The Sum Is Greater Than the Whole of Its Parts
Thirty-five years later, only who's doing the clutching has changed
"...for him. Nearby is sportswriter-turned-E! TV founder Big Boy Medlin, whom I truly worshipped, and Music editor-turned-record label honcho..."

Nov. 25, 2011 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

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