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Soul On A Summer's Day - a short story - abeatcitydiary

Soul On A Summer's Day - a short story - abeatcitydiary | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
There's me and Sid and we're doing our usual and sitting in the Corner Cafe, watching it all pass us by out of the window.
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The Soulful, Swinging Sounds Of Stax: A Look Back - WUWM

The Soulful, Swinging Sounds Of Stax: A Look Back - WUWM | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
Memphis' Stax Records was an international sensation, putting out hits like Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Coming," "Green Onions" by Booker T. and the MGs and Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness." But behind the music, Stax's story features racial harmony in a city with a troubled history.
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Memphis music legend gives personal tour of Stax - Memphis Business Journal

Memphis music legend gives personal tour of Stax - Memphis Business Journal | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
It’s one thing to walk through the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and hear songs like Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness,” but it would be a completely different experience to talk to one of the musicians who played on the song.
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MUSCLE SHOALS (2013)

MUSCLE SHOALS (2013) | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
I’ll be honest with ya, for years I thought Muscle Shoals was simply the name of a recording studio not an actual location on a map.
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'Muscle Shoals' - Film Review - Ultimate Classic Rock

'Muscle Shoals' - Film Review - Ultimate Classic Rock | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
'Muscle Shoals' - Film Review Ultimate Classic Rock By the mid-'60s, the work Hall and his band — Barry Beckett (piano), Jimmy Johnson (guitar), David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums) — with help from Spooner Oldham (organ) and horn players,...
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Sam & Dave gave Elvis Costello the blueprint to an apology - A.V. Club

Sam & Dave gave Elvis Costello the blueprint to an apology - A.V. Club | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it

Elvis Costello’s fifth album, Get Happy!!, was dismissed by some upon its 1980 release as a roundabout apology for Costello’s drunk-in-public comments about James Brown and Ray Charles—a rant that infamously included the n-word—in 1979. (It didn’t help that Costello’s 1979 “Oliver’s Army,” contains the phrase “one less white nigger.”) Costello himself downplayed that reading of his intent, but listening to Get Happy!!, it’s not hard to see why the album was interpreted as a mea culpa. In addition to its overall tone, which is a blatant throwback to the ’60s soul sounds of Motown and Stax, the album includes two covers of ’60s R&B songs: Jerry Butler’s “I Stand Accused” and Sam & Dave’s “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down.”

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Wax Poetics » The Soul of Stax

Wax Poetics » The Soul of Stax | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
Al Bell walked with measured steps toward studio “A,” where $67 million dollars of the Stax catalog master tapes were housed. Bell’s face was flushed as heat soared through his body, and he alternated between nervousness and anger. He asked one of the federal marshals that followed close behind him if he could stop in the restroom as they walked down the long corridor. There he splashed his face with cold water and tried to settle down as he stared in the mirror wondering what to do.
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Stax Museum, Memphis: top five music artefacts and the stories behind them

Stax Museum, Memphis: top five music artefacts and the stories behind them | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
Synonymous with the creation of soul music, Stax Records helped put Memphis on the map. Its history is preserved by the Soulsville Foundation in the Stax Museum.
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The Legendary Muscle Shoals Sound : NPR

The Legendary Muscle Shoals Sound : NPR | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it

In an obscure northwest corner of Alabama, a little-known piece of music history is up for sale. The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio was a recording mecca for rhythm and blues, rock and pop artists in the '60s and '70s.

In 1969, four local session players known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section decided to open up their own recording studio. David Hood, the group's bass guitarist and studio co-founder, says the studio's name was a joke of sorts.

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Memphis songwriting legend David Porter's soul music school

Memphis songwriting legend David Porter's soul music school | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
Memphis Hall of Fame songwriter and producer David Porter, 71, stands in the lobby of Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town), a new national music mentorship program on Wednesday morning. Porter says, “In the program, I want to give you things that you don’t know. The whole premise of growing in a collaborative environment, in the creative process, is knowing how to utilize skills that someone else doesn’t know with that you do know and that’s how you come up with genius pieces. That’s how you come up with major success. That’s what collaboration is all about.” In this program, Porter will also work with recording artists Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Ray Parker, Jr., “Ghostbusters”. (Yalonda M. James/The Commercial Appeal)
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BBC Four - Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story

BBC Four - Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
Documentary about Stax, one of the most influential soul record labels ever. ("Respect Yourself" The #Stax Records Story. Great #Soul #Doc shown on BBC4 TV UK.
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Booker T. Jones Talks Stax Return, New Album 'Sound the Alarm'

Booker T. Jones Talks Stax Return, New Album 'Sound the Alarm' | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
Booker T. Jones returns to a revitalized Stax Records for accessible, guest-filled album.

Forty-three years after leaving Memphis for Los Angeles, Booker T. Jones has been reunited with the label whose sound he helped define, Stax Records. He left at a time of turmoil and change in ownership at Stax in 1970, but he rejoins, coincidentally, during an ownership change at parent Concord Music Group, but during a much smoother transition.

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In Performance at The White House: Memphis Soul | Performing in the White House

In Performance at The White House: Memphis Soul | Performing in the White House | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
"In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul" premieres on PBS April 16 // "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul" will honor the memorable sou...
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The Soulful, Swinging Sounds Of Stax: A Look Back - NPR

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It's fitting, then, that Memphis is a main character in Robert Gordon's book Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion.
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The Sound of Soul | Chapter 16

The Sound of Soul | Chapter 16 | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it

It’s appropriate that a little Memphis label known as Satellite Records would take off in 1957, the same year the Soviets launched Sputnik to great international uproar. By the time Satellite changed its name to Stax Records four years later, it was already becoming one of America’s most important record labels. In 1975 the company was forced into involuntary bankruptcy, ending its run as an influential force in both music and race relations.

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'I swept the floors': Steve Cropper literally worked his way to the top at Stax Records

'I swept the floors': Steve Cropper literally worked his way to the top at Stax Records | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
You know Steve Cropper from his legendary work with Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor -- and, of course, with Booker T. and the MGs. His beginnings with the Stax Record label...
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Muscle Shoals UK upcoming screenings

Muscle Shoals UK upcoming screenings | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative music in American history.
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Review: 'Muscle Shoals' Has Got Soul - Movies With Butter (blog)

Review: 'Muscle Shoals' Has Got Soul - Movies With Butter (blog) | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
Review: 'Muscle Shoals' Has Got Soul Movies With Butter (blog) True buffs know it as the place where many of the greatest rock, soul, and R&B records of the '60s and '70s were recorded -- a geographic hamlet with an outsized influence on the...
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Stax star Sam Moore returns to Memphis for 20th annual Blues Ball

Stax star Sam Moore returns to Memphis for 20th annual Blues Ball | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it

After signing in 1965, Moore assumed that Atlantic would have them recording in New York, where the label was headquartered, or perhaps in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where it had sent Percy Sledge and Aretha Franklin. Instead, Sam and Dave were given two bus tickets to Memphis, home of Stax Records.

When Moore and Prater got off the bus, they were “shocked” at what they found: an integrated collection of musicians working out of a funky old studio on the city’s south side. “We first met Jim Stewart and Packy (Axton), and then as we were being introduced and around the corner comes David Porter, and soon after here comes Isaac Hayes,” Moore says of his first moments at Stax.

 

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Booker T. Jones on a life dedicated to music - MusicRadar.com

Booker T. Jones on a life dedicated to music - MusicRadar.com | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
MusicRadar.com Booker T. Jones on a life dedicated to music MusicRadar.com As a rotating member of the Stax records house band he played on some irrefutable soul classics and wrote songs with Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding and Albert King (on Cream...
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Deep Soul Heaven: Watch The Muscle Shoals Documentary Trailer - MOJO (blog)

Deep Soul Heaven: Watch The Muscle Shoals Documentary Trailer - MOJO (blog) | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
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Deep Soul Heaven: Watch The Muscle Shoals Documentary Trailer
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During the '60s and '70s, Muscle Shoals and FAME Studios were home to some of soul music's greatest recordings.
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Booker T's Organ-ized Fun - MOJO (blog)

Booker T's Organ-ized Fun - MOJO (blog) | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
MOJO (blog) Booker T's Organ-ized Fun MOJO (blog) On a record of mostly tuneful, modern pop-soul strewn with vocalising guests from Mayer Hawthorne through Anthony Hamilton to Kori Withers (daughter of Bill), this instrumental leaps out at'cha with...
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SNAP for STAX

SNAP for STAX | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
Enter to win a $250 Amazon Gift Certificate from Stax Records. (Visit http://t.co/Aabfv1Vhan & sign up for the #Stax newsletter for a chance to win a $250 @Amazon Gift Certificate.
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Booker T x Kori Withers – “Watch You Sleeping”

Booker T x Kori Withers – “Watch You Sleeping” | Mod Scene Weekly | Scoop.it
Booker T. Jones teams up with Kori Withers, daughter of his famous collaborator Bill Withers, for the song Watch You Sleeping from his new album Sound The Alarm
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