By Robert S. C. Gordon
The tale of Stax documents unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister construct a monument to racial concord in blighted south Memphis through the civil rights circulation. Their good fortune quickly pits the siblings opposed to one another, and the brother abandons his sister for a visionary African-American accomplice. less than built-in management, Stax explodes as a countrywide participant until eventually, Icarus-like, the heights they in achieving lead to their tragic dying. They fall, wasting every thing, and the sanctuary they created is torn to the floor. A new release later, Stax is rebuilt brick by way of brick and is once more reworking disenfranchised formative years into stellar younger musicians.
Set on the earth of Sixties and ‘70s soul tune, Respect Yourself is a narrative of epic heroes in a shady undefined. It’s approximately tune and musicians -- Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett, the Staple Singers, and Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Stax’s interracial residence band. It’s a couple of small autonomous company’s fight to outlive in a company international of burgeoning conglomerates. And regularly on the heart of the tale is Memphis, Tennessee, an explosive urban suffering via heated, divisive years.
Told via one among our major song chroniclers, Respect Yourself brings to existence this precious cultural establishment and the town that created it.
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