Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records

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Schirmer Books, 1997 - Blues (Music) - 402 pages
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The story of the greatest R&B label ever -- and the great stars who recorded for it

Learn the story behind the legendary "Stax Sound" of the sixties and seventies. Walk the halls of the famous studio that produced hits for Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, Booker T. and the MGs, Albert King, and the Staple Singers. Experience the triumphs and tragedies of the Civil Rights movement as Stax, under the guidance of Al Bell, threw its weight behind the Reverend Jesse Jackson and his fledgling Operation Push.

Proceeding chronologically, Soulsville, USA provides the first history of the groundbreaking label as well as compelling biographies of the promoters, producers, and performers who made and sold the music. Along the way, Grammy-award winning historian Bowman discloses the behind-the-scenes deals and business transactions that contributed to the rise and fall of Stax Records.
-- R&B and Soul music icons: Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, Booker T. and the MGs, Albert King, the Staple Singers
-- Story of one of the early, successful, racially integrated, and later completely black owned and operated, businesses

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Bowman is a professor of music at York University in Toronto, specializing in ethnomusicology and popular music.

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