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Thursday, 25 June 2020 09:58

A Brief History of the Memphis Sound

Memphis is the capital of the Mississippi Delta and during the great migration, workers poured into the city seeking work. The workforce brought their musical heritage and music was a byword in Memphis. By 1860, Beale Street had become the Mecca for black musicians and eventually the entertainment centre of the city.

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Black Woodstock" (Wattstax in 1972 has also been labelled the "Black Woodstock", but this Harlem show came first) was a celebration of beliefs, art and people. Luminaries from the political and musical worlds participated, including Sly and the Family Stone, Jesse Jackson, the Staple Singers, Nina Simone and more). The festival also provided a rallying point during the upsurge of the black power movement, attracting over 100,000 participants with the Black Panthers providing security.
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