Respect Yourself; Stax Records and the Soul Expression. Robert Gordon, Booker T. Jones, foreword.

Respect Yourself; Stax Records and the Soul Expression

Bloomsbury, 2013. First edition. Hardcover. Fine in fine dust jacket. Hardcover. First edition. 463 pages, with index. Illustrated with photographs. The story of Stax Records, a company founded by a white brother and sister in Memphis in 1957 (the original name of the lable was Satellite Records; the name was changed to Stax in 1961). The label was greatly influential in the creation of Southern soul and Memphis soul music. It also released gospel, funk, and especially blues. The company's team of staff and bands were racially integrated, remarkable for that time and place. It's biggest star was Otis Redding; after his 1967 death, the label has a new co-owner who expandsed the operation dramatically in order to compete with its rival Motown Records. Following poor financial management, Stax closed in 1975; most of its catalog was acquired by Fantasy Records in 1977 but by the early 1980s it was issuing no new material and had become strictly a reissue house. Fantasy was acquired by Concord in 2004, the Stax label was reactivated and continues to issue some its 1968-75 catalog as well as new recordings in the R&B field. Fine / fine. Item #E25357
ISBN: 9781596915770

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