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Friday, January 15, 2010

Stax Records and Sun Studios

More music related vacation pics, sorry.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Unfortunately the southern part of the trip has come to a close, but I can still listen to Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club at an uncomfortable volume and look over some pictures of Sun Studios and Stax Records. And so can you, if you want.

We went to Stax first and parked right beside Memphis Slim's house. Which was in terrible shape, but the city intends to renovate it. Justin Timberlake intends to sink a bunch of money into Stax, apparently, so maybe he can fund this project too! We were on the Stax tour with about six other people, all fanatical German fans of Elvis. They had monogrammed satin bomber jackets, with portraits of Elvis embroidered on the back. The Stax Museum contains a LOT of reading, so they breezed right through while we read about everything Booker T and the MG's, Rufus Thomas or Sam & Dave ever did and gazed longingly at Isaac Hayes' INCREDIBLE Cadillac.

No photos allowed inside Stax, sadly
  • No photos allowed inside Stax, sadly

Sun Records was next and I was expecting a full on Mystery Train experience, but it was a little different than that. The place is small, but our tour guide was a real honey and it was fun as hell. I would like to say I learned a lot, but I had a hard time retaining any truly interesting facts because I was probably in a BBQ coma. But you can record at Sun Studios for $100/hour. Not too bad!

Sun Records toilet. Your pee could flow down the same pipes as Johnny Cash!
  • Sun Records' toilet. Your pee could flow down the same pipes as Johnny Cash!

BB King graffiti
  • BB King graffiti

This amp, stuffed with newspaper, recorded Rocket 88 and made everyone ever love electric guitars and fuzzy noises they can make. Ike Turner dumped it off a car or something and busted it.
  • This amp, stuffed with newspaper, recorded "Rocket 88" and made everyone ever love electric guitars and fuzzy noises they can make. Ike Turner dumped it off a car or something and busted it.

Now I want a tooled leather sheath for my guitars
  • Now I want a tooled leather sheath for my guitars

Johnny Cash probably wasnt looking at a giant portrait of Elvis when he recorded at Sun, but he was definitely looking at that wall
  • Johnny Cash probably wasn't looking at a giant portrait of Elvis when he recorded at Sun, but he was definitely looking at that wall

The view of Sun Studios from a car headed to get the best fried chicken ever made. IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD DAY!
  • The view of Sun Studios from a car headed to get the best fried chicken ever made. IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD DAY!

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