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Victoria Rowell will discuss her new book at the Leimert Park Book Fair
Even Memphis Comes to Leimert Park Village to Honor the 1960s
When the 1960s Civil Rights Movement was at its peak, music fueled and inspired the era. Stax and Motown Records led the charge for what came to be known as “soul music,” a genre that would outlive some of its participants.
The 7th annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair will offer a special tribute to the era, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 29th in the Vision Theatre back lot, 4319 Degnan Blvd., including a celebration of Stax and Motown Records punctuating its theme, “The 1960s – America’s Era of Social Change.”
A special exhibit will be offered by the Stax Museum, which is housed in a Memphis, TN-based 17,000 square foot facility with more than 2,000 videos, films, photographs, original instruments used to record Stax hits, stage costumes, interactive exhibits and other items of memorabilia including the restored gold-trimmed, peacock blue Cadillac El Dorado owned by one of Staxs’ premiere artists, Isaac Hayes.
Born Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. on August 20, 1942, the songwriter, musician, singer, actor, and voice actor succumbed this life on August 10, 2008 after starring in a movie loosely named after one of the biggest hits he ever wrote.
One of the creative influences behind the southern music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and record producer, in the mid-1960s Hayes partnered with David Porter to write “Soul Man,” first performed by Sam And Dave, and now recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and by RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century. It also is recognized as one of the first songs to use the term “soul.”
Hayes himself went on to record such successful “soul” albums as “Hot Buttered Soul,” “Black Moses,” and “The Theme from Shaft.”
In addition to an author’s tent comprising upwards of 200 writers, a publisher’s row, museum row, poets performance stage and Children’s Storytelling stage, the book fair will offer featured author/actors Victoria Rowell, Eriq LaSalle and Judge Mablean Ephriam, as well as visual, vocal, instrumental and performing artists.