Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

Robert Gordon


The tale of Stax files unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister construct a list corporation that turns into a monument to racial concord in 1960's segregated south Memphis. Their luck is startling, and Stax quickly defines a world sound. Then, after losses either enterprise and private, the siblings half, and the brother allies with a visionary African-American accomplice. less than built-in management, Stax explodes as a countrywide participant until eventually, Icarus-like, they fall from nice heights to a sad loss of life. every thing is misplaced, and the sanctuary that flourished is ripped from the floor. A iteration later, Stax is rebuilt brick by way of brick to once more deliver tune and chance to the folk of Memphis.
Set on the earth of Sixties and ‘70s soul tune, Respect Yourself is a narrative of epic heroes in a shady undefined. it really is approximately song and musicians―Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett, the Staple Singers, and Booker T. and the M.G.'s, Stax's interracial residence band. it really is a few small self sustaining company's fight to outlive in a company global of burgeoning conglomerates. And continuously on the middle of the tale is Memphis, Tennessee, an explosive urban suffering via heated, divisive years.
Told through one in every of our major tune chroniclers, Respect Yourself brings to existence this valuable cultural establishment and the town that created it.

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