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Dreams to Remember

Nonfiction: Music / Biography / History / Social Sciences
Unabridged   10.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/01/2015

Dreams to Remember

Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622319398


A soul icon and the Southern music he helped popularize come to life in this moving requiem.

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Product Description

When he died suddenly at the age of twenty-six, Otis Redding (1941-1967) had already become the conscience of a new kind of music. Sure, Berry Gordy might have built the first black-owned music empire at Motown, but Redding was doing something as historic: mainstreaming black music within the whitest bastions of the post-Confederate south. As a result, the Redding story still largely untold is one of great conquest but, sadly, grand tragedy. Now, in this transformative work, Mark Ribowsky contextualizes Reddings life within the larger cultural movements of his era, whisking us from the sinful clubs of Macon to the trendsetting studios in Memphis and, finally, to the pulsating stage of the Monterey Music Festival where, in a single set, Redding immortalized himself as soul legend. What emerges in DREAMS TO REMEMBER is not only a triumph of music history but also a reclamation of a visionary who would come to define an entire era.

Author Bio

MARK RIBOWSKY is the author of books including Howard Cosell and the New York Times Notable Book Don’t Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball, as well as The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal and Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: The Troubled Lives and Enduring Soul of the Temptations. He lives in Florida.

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