Monday, April 14, 2014

Soulsville USA

Here's the front of Stax Museum of American Soul Music at 926 East McLemore Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. Can you dig? It's been up and running for a little more than a decade. Soulsville USA has clear lines of connection, in its engaging spirit of music and energy, with Hitsville USA (Motown Museum) in Detroit city, Michigan.
"The mission of the Soulsville Foundation is to preserve, promote, and celebrate the many unique cultural assets of the Soulsville, USA neighborhood in Memphis, while supporting the development of new educational and community-building opportunities." Here's a link for more details.

Right on the same grounds as the museum are The Soulsville Charter School (between 500 and 600 students, grades 6-12) and Stax Music Academy. How cool is that?
Stax-related artists include Booker T. & the MGs, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Staples Singers, Elvis (in the 1970s), Isaac Hayes and so on. Stax Museum covers all of soul music, from Memphis and Detroit to around the world.

Today's Rune: Fertility. 


the walking man said...

From the blues comes the soul...

Charles Gramlich said...

i'm not very familiar with soulsville. Your knowledge of the music world far outstrips my own.

jodi said...

Erik-I love the concept. My beef about much of the 'modern' music is that is has no soul!