Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

Robert Gordon


The tale of Stax documents 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 good fortune is startling, and Stax quickly defines a global sound. Then, after losses either company and private, the siblings half, and the brother allies with a visionary African-American associate. below built-in management, Stax explodes as a countrywide participant till, Icarus-like, they fall from nice heights to a sad loss of life. every little thing is misplaced, and the sanctuary that flourished is ripped from the floor. A new release later, Stax is rebuilt brick by way of brick to once more carry track and chance to the folk of Memphis.
Set on the earth of Sixties and ‘70s soul track, Respect Yourself is a narrative of epic heroes in a shady undefined. it really is approximately track 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 condominium band. it is a couple of small autonomous company's fight to outlive in a enterprise 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 considered one of our best song chroniclers, Respect Yourself brings to lifestyles this precious cultural establishment and the town that created it.

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