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Stax Records Museum of Soul
926 E. McLemore Ave.
Memphis, TN 38106

We got the hell out of Graceland as soon as we could and went to the far more satisfying Stax Records Museum of Soul. Stax was the home for artists such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, and many impressive more, located in the middle of Soulsville, USA, a neighborhood distinguished by such residents as Memphis Slim and Aretha Franklin.

The building was demolished a few years ago but the museum faithfully recreated it complete with a replica of the original recording studio plus an actual tiny gospel church rebuilt in a large room at the start of the exhibit. Terrific graphics explain the development of soul music, from its gospel roots, throughout the US. This is a terrific facility, far more significant and educational than the florid and indulgent bigger name down the street, and we encourage visitors to Memphis to see it.

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