Otis Redding : an unfinished life /

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New York : Crown Archetype,, United States, p.viii, 533 pages : (2017)



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African American musicians, Biography., Soul musicians, United States


Includes bibliographical references (pages 503-516) and index.Monterey -- Georgia on my mind -- Laura -- Gallantry's last bow -- Sonny -- Georgia Tom -- Sister Rosetta and the Jukebox King -- Macon music -- Brown v. Board -- Brother Ray -- 1955 -- Specialty -- Bellevue -- Hillview Springs -- Teenage party -- Atlantic -- Phil -- Otis and Phil -- Zelma -- Love twist -- Joe -- Satellite -- Stax -- These arms of mine -- That's what my heart needs -- The hot summer revue -- Pain in my heart -- The Apollo -- Security -- Berry, Brown, and Burke -- Roy street -- Soul ballads -- I've been loving you too long -- Otis blue -- My girl -- I can't turn you loose -- The soul album -- The whisky -- Summer 1966 -- Otis and Phil redux -- Ready steady go! -- Dictionary of soul -- The Fillmore -- King & Queen -- Hit the road, Stax -- R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- The love crowd -- Buses to planes -- What makes these guys so special -- The dock of the bay -- December 10 -- Epitaph -- Epilogue."Otis Redding remains an immortal presence in the canon of American music on the strength of such classic hits as "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "Try a Little Tenderness," and "Respect," a song he wrote and recorded before Aretha Franklin made it her own. As the architect of the distinctly southern, gospel-inflected style of rhythm & blues associated with Stax Records in Memphis, Redding made music that has long served as the gold standard of 1960s soul. Yet an aura of myth and mystery has always surrounded his life, which was tragically cut short at the height of his career by a plane crash in December 1967. In chronicling the story of Redding's life and music, Gould also presents a social history of the time and place from which they emerged. His book never lets us forget that the boundaries between black and white in popular music were becoming porous during the years when racial tensions were reaching a height throughout the United States. His indelible portrait of Redding and the mass acceptance of soul music in the 1960s is both a revealing look at a brilliant artist and a provocative exploration of the tangled history of race and music in America that resonates strongly with the present day"--Provided by publisher.