Music and mystique in Muscle Shoals

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University of Illinois Press,, Urbana, United States, p.1 online resource (xii, 256 pages) : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01030486, (OCoLC)fst01097281, (OCoLC)fst01126930, (OCoLC)fst01127019, 20th century, Alabama, bisacsh, fast, History and criticism., History., MUSIC / General, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Soul & R 'n B., MUSIC / History & Criticism., Music and race, Music and race., Rhythm and blues music, Rhythm and blues music., Soul music, Soul music., Sound recording industry, Sound recording industry.


Includes bibliographical references and index."The forceful music that rolled out of Muscle Shoals in the 1960s and 1970s shaped hits by everyone from Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon. Christopher M. Reali's in-depth look at the fabled musical hotbed examines the events and factors that gave the Muscle Shoals sound such a potent cultural power. Many artists trekked to FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound in search of the sound of authentic southern Black music-and at times expressed shock at the mostly white studio musicians waiting to play it for them. Others hoped to draw on the hitmaking production process that defined the scene. Reali also chronicles the overlooked history of Muscle Shoals's impact on country music and describes the region's recent transformation into a tourism destination. Multifaceted and informed, Music and Mystique in Muscle Shoals reveals the people, places, and events behind one of the most legendary recording scenes in American history"--Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 15, 2022).