Respect Yourself

Respect Yourself

The Stax Records Story

DVD - 2007
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With rare performances, previously unreleased home movies and new recordings, filmmakers Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville present the first comprehensive look at Stax Records, the greatest soul label of all time. Provides first-hand accounts of what really happened on the streets and behind studio doors from celebrated musicians such as Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper and Mavis Staples, as well as label president Al Bell, Rev. Jesse Jackson and others. -- Container.

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Jul 09, 2016

Stax was a great record label / studio out of Memphis, TN. Their artists included Booker T. & the MGs, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Curtis Mayfield, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Carla Thomas, The Staple Singers. It was created by 2 white people Jim STewart & Estelle AXton (STAX) but they had an open door policy and enlisted/recruited both white and black talent. The label eventually emerged into a label with black artists selling to a black market. It was very successful and represented a harmonized community during politically challenging times - especially regarding race relations (seems quite timely now). Stax said they represented FUNK whereas Motown represented sweet. They ultimately fell apart but it is fun to watch the dynamic Otis Redding, Booker T and Isaac Hayes who was originally a songwriter for the label who evolved into a music icon. Stax was always creative as illustrated by their Wattstax concert (DVD available at SPL). Mavis Staples says Stax marketed her band as "message music" and that the Stax sound was music from the streets.

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Jul 02, 2015

If you have seen Standing in the Shadow of Motown, this is a must see as well. A little more political but equally as important.

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