Shindig! Issue 77
OTIS, ISAAC , BOOKER T: BEHIND THE DOORS OF STAX STUDIO
The Stax finger clicking logo is undoubtedly one of the most recognised icons in music. It’s certainly up there with the Stones’ tongue. As happenstance would have it the output of the Stax studio and its numerous artists also influenced, inspired and drove practically every artist you and I hold dear. That one small sanctum in Memphis forged a sound that was utterly unique; raw and primal yet smooth and sweet. Paul Richie visited The Stax Museum where he spoke with long time staffers James Cross and Rosie Thigpen about the studio and label’s early days, the era in which Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding and numerous other legends cut some of the greatest tracks committed to wax.