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"Respect Yourself" Screening and Book Signing with Author Robert Gordon
The Plaza Theatre
Atlanta, GA
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"Respect Yourself" Screening and Book Signing with Author Robert Gordon
In his latest book and companion documentary, music historian and Memphis native Robert Gordon tells the story of Stax Records, which unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a record company that becomes a monument to racial harmony in 1960's segregated south Memphis. Their success is startling, and Stax soon defines an international sound. Then, after losses both business and personal, the siblings part, and the brother allies with a visionary African-American partner. Under integrated leadership, Stax explodes as a national player until, Icarus-like, they fall from great heights to a tragic demise.  A generation later, Stax is rebuilt to once again bring music and opportunity to the people of Memphis. Set in the world of 1960s and '70s soul music, "Respect Yourself" is a story of epic heroes in a shady industry. It's about music 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 house band. It's about a small independent company's struggle to survive in a business world of burgeoning conglomerates. And always at the center of the story is Memphis, Tennessee, an explosive city struggling through heated, divisive years. Told by one of our leading music chroniclers, "Respect Yourself" brings to life this treasured cultural institution and the city that created it.

After the screening Gordon further discusses his work with The Bitter Southerner's Editor-in-Chief Chuck Reece and Resident Soulologist Nelson Ross.

The evening concludes with a book signing.

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Location

The Plaza Theatre (View)
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
United States


Categories

Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Film > Movies
Music > R&B

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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