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“Great Historical Perspective of American Soul Music”

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
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Ranked #5 of 156 things to do in Memphis
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, is a 17,000 square-foot museum offering interactive exhibits, videos, vintage musical instruments used to create the Stax sound, stage costumes, photographs, records, and approximately 3,000 other items of memorabilia that tell the unique story, from beginning to present, of American soul music, particularly that of Stax Records and the Memphis Sound.Artists highlighted include Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Booker T. & the MGs, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and hundreds of others.
Reviewed December 30, 2008

Although this is stuck in an older part of Memphis, the musuem is very nice and they've done a great job laying out the history of the STAX record company and the great artists that recorded there. If you like music - especial R&B, then this is definitely worth the trip.

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Reviewed December 21, 2008

i live in memphis and sad to say my first visit to stax was last week.

if you're a music lover you've done yourself a injustice by not coming here while in memphis.

i checked my camera at the door and headed to the "movie" room. when the movie started i was toe tapping and bobbing my head to the beat of the music in no time. it lasted about 20 minutes and i thought to myself, "man they had some of everybody in there".

the museum points out that lots of the artists started in the church. i'll save the reason and gospel/soul music comparison for when you visit the museum.

stax music is before my time but i do remember my parents listening to it. that being said, i knew the words to quite a few of the songs even if i didnt know the title. a whole list of movies were listed where stax music was used in the soundtrack. a handful of scenes were shown to give examples. pulp fiction being one. kinda puts in mind that good music transcends anyone's "time".

dont want to ramble on, but i left the museum with a whole list of songs to add to my zune/ipod. i'm sure you will too.

3  Thank LR72202
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Reviewed September 12, 2008

Man oh man what a great place to visit. The tour starts out with a great 20 minute video about the Stax history. Afterward's you go into the museum part. The first thing you encounter is an old church removed from the Delta region and replaced here. It was awesome, so rich in southern history. It tells about the musical history begining in the southern churches. The rest of the museum talks about all the different artists from Stax. Tons of information on everyone. Also is Isaac Hayes gold plated cadillac. Found under a tarp rusting away years ago it was restored to it's original condition and looks super bad!! The Stax building isn't the original, that was torn down years ago. The present building does look like the old one in the front which is cool. The original Stax neon sign is now at the Rum Boogie bar on Beale street. The only thing I found disappointing was no cameras were allowed inside, you have to check them in.This place is truly SOULSVILLE! If you want to experience a part of musical history ya gotta check the Stax museum out. SOUL FINGER!!!!

3  Thank Aerowing
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Reviewed July 23, 2008

If you are a music lover, make sure you get to Soulsville, USA, aka Stax Museum of American Soul Music when you visit Memphis.

While I would be more than happy if the Museum only featured the legendary Stax/Volt artists, you also get exhibits on musicians from other labels like Motown and Hi. It's a pretty comprehensive exhibit of key events, artifacts and other effects from the great era of soul music. My main complaint is that many of the exhibits are not adequately lighted. Old fogeys such as me who grew up on this music and really would like to read the text on the exhibits will be frustrated with this, and I hope museum management will do something to remedy this situation.

Stax Museum is located on the site of the original Stax Records studio. The original building was torn down but a new structure was constructed on the site, to look like the original. The Stax Academy is next door in a contemporary building.

I like the fact that Stax is in a residential neighborhood. You really get a feel for the ambience that must have been present during the years the label was releasing those wonderful records. Booker T. Jones, for instance, lived a couple of blocks away from the studio. House musicians all hung out there and you sense the family atmosphere that prevailed.

This was the highlight of my visit to Memphis. Much more fun than Graceland!

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Reviewed May 11, 2008

We spent 90 minutes at the Stax Museum and thoroughly enjoyed it. We learnt a great deal regarding the artists, the founders and the historic context of the music.

We purchased a CD and could not stop tapping/singing along to the fantastic music. A great afternoon in Memphis!!

2  Thank Hollyol
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