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Dreams to remember : Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the transformation of Southern soul

Author: Mark Ribowsky
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A soul icon and the southern music he helped popularize come to life in this moving requiem, "--Amazon.com.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Otis Redding; Otis Redding
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Ribowsky
ISBN: 9780871408730 0871408732
OCLC Number: 891611120
Description: xxix, 365 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : The Big O --
Prologue : "It was music" --
Son of a preacher man --
Heebie jeebies --
Rockin' Redding --
"It's something called soul" --
"A lousy singer" --
"Wait, we got time for another kid" --
Chops like a wolf --
Turning the knife --
The King of Soul --
Just one more day --
Crossing over --
The whole damn body --
Making the white feel black --
"The only son-of-a-gun this side of the sun" --
London calling --
Peace, love, and Otis Redding --
Hard to handle --
"So I guess I'll remain the same" --
Amen --
Epilogue : "Wouldn't that have been somethin'?"
Responsibility: Mark Ribowsky.
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