Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Stax Records relaunches

Most people know about Barry Gordy and the Motown Records hit factory in Detroit, but fewer know about the other great soul label, Stax Records, in Memphis, Tennessee. Stax - a.k.a. "Soulsville U.S.A." - was home to Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs, the Staple Singers, Sam & Dave, Albert King, the Bar-Keys, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, the Rance Allan Group and other great acts. Recently, in conjunction with the label's 50th anniversary, Stax embarked on a massive relaunch, promising a trove of new and old music and various other goodies.

Here is a promotional spot about Stax and the relaunch:

Even better, here is a trailer for the recently aired PBS documentary on Stax.

Here is the Stax 50th Anniversary Site, which has lots of good stuf:
Stax 50th Anniversary Site

Here is the link to the Stax Records museum:
Stax Museum of American Soul Music

And here is one more interesting Stax site:
The Stax Site

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