Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion Hardcover – 16 Jan 2014
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A masterful storyteller, music historian Gordon artfully chronicles the rise and fall of one of America's greatest music studios, situating the story of Stax within the cultural history of the 1960s in the South...Gordon deftly narrates the stories of the many musicians who called Stax home. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
A compelling story, and Robert Gordon's well placed to tell it. (Bookforum)
A spellbinding history of the one of the most prolific hit-making independent record companies in the history of American music... (Kirkus)
Superb (New York Times on It Came from Memphis)
...Gordon tells the Stax story - from it's humble beginning to its heyday, to its bankruptcy, and to its present-day incarnation as the Stax Museum of American Soul Music - with expertise, feeling, and a sure hand. (Booklist (starred review))
Gordon gets the deep lowdown on the original rolling stone. A major feat of research and a fascinating read. (Jay McInerney on Can't Be Satisfied)
An affectionate rumination. (The New Yorker on It Came from Memphis)
Respect Yourself is a prototypical American bootstrap story of poverty, race, music, money, and greed. But it is also a story of 'shifting the paradigm, breaking the covenant, pursuing the dream...riffing, an economic jam session, a socioeconomic symphony...determined to reach the next eight bars.' (Shelf Awareness)
Meticulously researched.. Gordon lays out the story of Stax in remarkable detail, tracing the label's history from early stumbles to unimagined success to eventual collapse. He knows Memphis, and what Stax meant there, and he clearly loves the music and the people who made it.In 1972, the Staple Singers had a huge hit on Stax with 'I'll Take You There,' written and produced by Al Bell. With Respect Yourself, Robert Gordon does exactly that. (The Dallas Morning News)
His fluent prose and quotes from interviews keep the reader's attention as he combines technical accounts of recording sessions with the unfolding of historical events in the African American community of Memphis.. . For anyone interested in independent record labels and their music in mid-20th-century America. (Library Journal)
Respect Yourself is the rare music book with an exciting subject matter, in this case it's the multiple rises and falls of Stax Records, that's also really well written. Author Robert Gordon's lyrical prose and exquisite word choices, are difference maker, elevating the book beyond just a good story, simply told. (Midnight to Six)
The enduring artistic and cultural history of the legendary Memphis record label, by the premier authority on the subject.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Teamed it with a Stax cd and he was very happy!
Would make a good gift idea for anyone who is interested in the history of Stax or soul music and has added interest if you have visited (or are planning a trip) to the location in Memphis.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best if not the best book on Stax I've read.
The book however was damaged & the dust over was ripped. Read more
This was a Christmas present for my husband. Can safely say I made a good choice-he's hardly put it down. In his words "a fantastic read"Published 6 months ago by barbara lee
A great book that covers the musical, social and business aspects of the Stax records story. Great interviews with all the important people involved really tell the story. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bassman Al
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