The story of Stax Records is more than a record-label history -- it's a story about racial integration, about black power and economic independence, and about music and musicians in Memphis, Tennessee. We'll be joined in the studio by Robert Gordon, author of Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion, to talk about the music and listen to some of his favorite tracks. Fog City Blues with Devon Strolovitch ~ Wednesday, 2/05 at 9pm.
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40 years ago, in small town bars across the U.K., you could find party goers spinning, twirling and pumping their legs to the fast sounds of American soul music. But, it wasn’t the top 40 Motown sound you’d usually hear, in fact, by that time in the 1970’s, Funk and Disco had already taken over the charts. These kids craved Soul they hadn’t heard yet--rare B sides, and small label releases that were overlooked in the surplus of American-produced Soul music in the 1960’s. DJs in the U.K. began collecting Soul records that were off the beaten track, and often impossible to find again. That specific sound of Soul, and the night-life culture that erupted around it, was branded "Northern Soul."
It's been 40 years since the first all-night R&B party at the Wigan Casino nightclub outside Manchester, England. The doors didn't open until 2 a.m., and its 1,200-capacity ballroom was packed until dawn with dance-crazy (possibly amphetamine-fueled) soul fans. They called the uptempo vibe Northern Soul, after the region of England that fell in love with rare '60s R&B.