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Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion [Kindle Edition]

Robert Gordon
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The story of Stax Records unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a record company that becomes a monument to racial harmony in 1960’s segregated south Memphis. Their success is startling, and Stax soon defines an international sound. Then, after losses both business and personal, the siblings part, and the brother allies with a visionary African-American partner. Under integrated leadership, Stax explodes as a national player until, Icarus-like, they fall from great heights to a tragic demise. Everything is lost, and the sanctuary that flourished is ripped from the ground. A generation later, Stax is rebuilt brick by brick to once again bring music and opportunity to the people of Memphis.

Set in the world of 1960s and ‘70s soul music, Respect Yourself is a story of epic heroes in a shady industry. It’s about music 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 house band. It’s about a small independent company’s struggle to survive in a business world of burgeoning conglomerates. And always at the center of the story is Memphis, Tennessee, an explosive city struggling through heated, divisive years.

Told by one of our leading music chroniclers, Respect Yourself brings to life this treasured cultural institution and the city that created it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5720 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (12 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EME5MMG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Respect Yourself Robert Gordon 4 July 2014
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Ace book in the Stax story! Covers well The music and the racially divided social context from which it emerged, and shows how a love of music making created an integrated haven from which emerged the great music to which we are still listening. Full of insights into the music, the people who made it, the MGs, Isaac Hayes, Al Bell, and the Memphis from which it emerged. Gordon not only is a good writer but he loves the music and the people who made it. He is a sweet soul writer and he will "take you there"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stax Records Soul explosion 21 Feb 2014
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Great book full of facts from the late 50s early sixties on the late, great soul music of that era, that was so popular with the Mods here in the UK.

Recommended necessity !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Aug 2014
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great
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This is a window on what was one of the finest soul labels ever, the people, the time, the places and of course the fantastic musical legacy that evolved within the Stax studio. A great read for anyone who wants to know the story behind the music
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