Memphis advertises itself as “Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” so it’s easy to forget the city’s important contribution to Soul Music. Housed in a rebuilding of the Stax recording studio at its original location this brilliant museum redresses the balance.
All the well known Stax artistes are fully covered (Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, etc, etc) although some of our more knowledgeable group did spot one or two lesser known ones missed out. Highlight for me was seeing the Hammond Organ used in Booker T. & the MGs’ “Green Onions” recording!
I have been twice now but on both occasions our tour guides have only given us about half an hour (not the museum’s fault I hasten to add!) to look around. The first time we had the introduction video and ended up rushing the main exhibits. Second time the video was skipped and managed to appreciate the exhibits a lot more. Ideally you really need to give the museum around an hour and a half to really take everything in – hopefully I’ll get the chance on my next visit!
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