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The Rise and Fall of Stax Records

The Rise and Fall of Stax Records

Nov 7, 2019 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
The Venue Aurora | 21 S. Broadway Ave. | Aurora, IL 60505

Nov 7, 2019
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

The Venue Aurora
21 S. Broadway Ave.
Aurora, IL 60505


Bank teller and amateur country fiddler Jim Stewart and his sister Estelle Axton (Whose joined last names would give Stax its label) opened Satellite Records in a garage in Memphis, TN in 1957. Two years later, Satellite Records and the newly formed Stax Recording Company, moved to a vacant movie theater at the corner of College and MacLemore in predominantly African-American South Memphis.This presentation will examine the meteoric rise and the inevitable fall of Stax as a result of bad business deals, unchecked expansion, predatory banks, the rising tension of the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.


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