Soul Music History

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During a time of chaos and disunity, one of the most powerful musical powerhouses emerged out of Memphis, TN. During the 1950s and 1960s a struggle, almost war, between African Americans and Caucasians aroused in the United States. The Civil Rights Movement caused tension throughout the nation. Despite all the confusion, on the corner of East McLemore Avenue and College Street, an old movie theater that later became Satellite Record Store flourished into what we know today as Stax Records, or Soulsville. Soulsville was an incredible little recording studio on the corner that changed the dynamic of music, and the city. This was the birthplace of southern soul music. Soul music is a termed coined in the south that refers to how people felt when …show more content…
Axton and Stweart had no idea that they birthed the funky soul music that would come to inspire many. They had no idea what was created that night. Soul music had a major impact on all genres during the 60s. Soul music can trace its roots back to gospel music. According to BB King, “Gospel music is just country music.” Some of the various artist recall that the first genre of music they were exposed to was country music, and they recalled memories listening to the Grand Ole Opry. “Memphis soul” was a special type of sound. It was said that Memphis soul was raw, uncut, and had no filter. Stax Records produced some of the most talented artist during this time such as Isaac Hayes, Carla Thomas, Rufus Tomas, and many more. Otis Redding was considered the heartbeat of Stax Records. During the 60s this type of music was called “race music.” Rhythm and blues and soul was called race music because it was a subliminal message to the fellow African Americans. Songs such as Respect by Otis Redding, and later Aretha Franklin, were trying to encourage their African American audience to respect themselves, and stand up for their …show more content…
Soulsville was contributed to the musical influences in Memphis. Stax museum came to a devastating end in the late 1970s. Stax was forced to shut their doors in December of 1975. Some thought that the legacies and music had parrished.This hurt the hearts of many Memphians and people around the globe. The legacy of Stax could not be vanished for long. In 2003, Stax made a major contribution to the country. Stax Records turned into Stax Museum of American Soul Music. “Founded in 2003, the Stax Musuem of American Soul Music is the first and only museum dedicated to telling the story of soul music” (Stax Musuem of American Soul Music). Stax wanted to expand and continue the tradition in memphis. In 2005, the doors of Stax Music Academy and Soulsville Charter Schools opened its doors. The music academy and charter school opened their doors to local Memphis middle and high school students who showed their interest, passion, and love for music.
In conclusion, Stax not only had an impact in the city of Memphis, but also a major impact around the world. Stax produced a new sound of music called Soul. Soul music gained its roots from gospel and country music. Stax records defeated the stereotypes that divided the African American and Caucasian community during the Civil Rights Movement. This small music studio became one of the best musical influences in the world. If it had not been for Stax Records would you have

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