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Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion


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The story of Stax Records unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a monument to racial harmony in blighted south Memphis during the civil rights movement. Their success soon pits the siblings against each other, and the brother abandons his sister for a visionary African-American partner. Under integrated leadership, Stax explodes as a national player until, Icarus-like, the heights they achieve result in their tragic demise. They fall, losing everything, and the sanctuary they created is torn to the ground. A generation later, Stax is rebuilt brick by brick and is once again transforming disenfranchised youth into stellar young musicians.

Set in the world of 1960s and ‘70s soul music, Respect Yourself is a character-driven story of racial integration, and then of black power and economic independence. Its about music and musicians—Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, and Booker T. and the M.G.s, Staxs interracial house band. Its about a small independent companys struggle to survive in an increasingly conglomerate-oriented world. And always at the center of the story is Memphis, Tennessee, an explosive city struggling through volatile years. Told by one of our leading music chroniclers, Respect Yourself is the book to own about one of our most treasured cultural institutions and the city that created it.


"A joyous and heartbreaking story that says a lot about America." —Richard Hell, Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Robert Gordon has been writing about Memphis music and history for thirty years and is the author of It Came from Memphis, Cant Be Satisfied, The King on the Road, and The Elvis Treasures. He won a Grammy in 2011 for his liner notes to the Big Star box set Keep an Eye on the Sky. His film work includes producing and directing the documentary Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story for PBSs Great Performances. Gordon lives in Memphis.

Product Details

Stax Records and the Soul Explosion
Gordon, Robert
Bloomsbury USA
General History
United States - 20th Century
Genres & Styles/Soul & R n B
History & Criticism *
US History - 20th Century
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Trade paper
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1 x 8 page color insert. BandW illustrat
9.25 x 6.125 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Soul and Motown
Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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