Memphis 68 : The Tragedy of Southern Soul

Memphis 68 : The Tragedy of Southern Soul

Details

Author(s)
Stuart Cosgrove
Format
Paperback | 326 pages
Dimensions
130 x 195 x 25mm | 288g
Publication date
12 Jun 2018
Publisher
Birlinn General
Imprint
BIRLINN LTD
Publication City/Country
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, color
ISBN10
1846974135
ISBN13
9781846974137
Bestsellers rank
75,621

Description

WINNER OF THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE 2018

In the 1950s and 1960s, Memphis, Tennessee, was the launch pad of musical pioneers such as Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Al Green and Isaac Hayes, and by 1968 was a city synonymous with soul music. It was a deeply segregated city, ill at ease with the modern world and yet to adjust to the era of civil rights and racial integration. Stax Records offered an escape from the turmoil of the real world for many soul and blues musicians, with much of the music created there becoming the soundtrack to the civil rights movements.

The book opens with the death of the city's most famous recording artist, Otis Redding, who died in a plane crash in the final days of 1967, and then follows the fortunes of Redding's label, Stax/Volt Records, as its fortunes fall and rise again. But, as the tense year unfolds, the city dominates world headlines for the worst of reasons: the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.


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