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Music and mystique in Muscle Shoals

Summary: "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"--

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  • ISBN: 9780252086588 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 9780252044519
  • Physical Description: xii, 256 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-244) and index.
Subject: Rhythm and blues music Alabama Muscle Shoals History and criticism
Soul music Alabama Musicle Shoals History and criticism
Sound recording industry Alabama Muscle Shoals History
Muscle Shoals Sound Studios History
FAME Recording Studios History
Music and race Alabama Muscle Shoals
MUSIC / History & Criticism
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Soul & R 'n B

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at State Library of Alabama.


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APLS 781.6409 REA 2022 31291002952040 ALABAMA Available -
APLS 781.6409 REA 2022 31291002952057 ALABAMA Available -

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