July 24th, 2007
This month we’re featuring two new books that belong on everyone’s shelves—the Gospel Discography 1943-1970 from Eyeball Productions, and Third Coast by Roni Sarig, the first in-depth examination of southern hip hop. The 30th anniversary celebration of Tyscot Records continues with a new DVD that chronicles the history of the label through interviews and some great performance footage. There are several fabulous reissues, including the complete recordings of Polk Miller & the Old South Quartette, the iconic 1973 & 1974 albums by funk diva Betty Davis, and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson’s masterpiece Kidney Stew is Fine, featuring T-Bone Walker. We’re also taking a look at two of Koch’s latest hip hop offerings—the RZA’s soundtrack to Afro Samurai and Hip Hop Lives, the first collaboration between KRS-One and Marley Marl. Our reggae contributor takes a look at Black Chiney’s latest riddim’ CD, while providing an overview of this Jamaican dancehall style. And last but not least, we’re highlighting new recordings by soul legend Howard Tate and the Pine Leaf Boys, a Louisiana-based quintet.
SAVE THE DATE: On August 1, PBS Great Performances will be commemorating the 50th anniversary and rebirth of America’s preeminent soul music label with Respect Yourself: the Stax Records Story. This new documentary includes never-before-seen home movies by Stax artists; outtakes of footage from the legendary 1972 WattStax concert; lost performances by Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, and Isaac Hayes; and interviews with Isaac Hayes, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas, Sam Moore, Booker T. Jones, members of the MGs, Al Bell, and Stax founder and co-owner Jim Stewart. Details can be found on the PBS website. The companion website is set to launch Wednesday, July 25.
Review Genre(s): African American Culture & History