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The Rock-itt : September 2011
In addition to Sun Records, Memphis is the home of another famous record label, Stax Records. Although it’s now The Stax Museum, the original building was a converted movie theatre where artists such as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the M.G .'s, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and many others recorded throughout the 60's and 70's. Stax Records created a classic 60's soul music, much grittier and horn-based than Motown. The sound was highlighted in the Blues Brothers movie, in which many of the Stax players themselves starred. A story about Memphis wouldn’t be complete without m ention of the magnificent food on offer at the many restaurants and cafés in the city. Ribs are a specialty in the south of the USA and in Memphis you can find them everywhere, along with other mouth watering treats such as seafood gumbo, fried catfish, po- boys, crawfish, Jambalaya and steaks. Finally, in addition to being famous around the world as a musical mecca, Memphis is also infamous as the site of the assassination of the American civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King. The National Civil Rights Museum is located in the former Lorraine Motel where Dr King was shot dead in 1968. The museum includes a historical overview of the American civil rights movement. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister, an activist, and a prominent leader in the African- American Civil Rights Movement. He strove for the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using non-violent methods. He is best known for his 1963 "I Have a Dream " speech, where he expounded his vision of a color blind society and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. By the tim e of his death his efforts were focused on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War. A city of such joy through music, Memphis also carries the weight of the loss of a great man of history. For so many reasons Memphis is an icon of a city on the world stage and has played a not so insignificant part in shaping popular culture through the twentieth century till today. If you ever have the chance to visit this wonderful place, do so, you won’t regret it. Dining in Memphis is a feast of tasty treats Some of the greatest names in rock music hav e recor ded at Sun Studios Martin Luther King was assassinated in Mephis in 1968 The million dollar quartet