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Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul by [Ribowsky, Mark]
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“Subtly passionate. . . . What Mark Ribowsky has done here is to describe someone who was, not divine, but as godlike as a human can be.”
- David Kirby, Wall Street Journal

“A fascinating tale of the artist and his musical era.”
- Dave Shiflett, Washington Post

“Ribowsky has labored hard to get at [Redding’s] emotional center. Unlike other performers who died far too young, Redding’s death did not come out of abuse, and though he suffered, it was a universal human suffering―a pain in the heart that, partnered with unerring musical instinct, personal strength, and a little tenderness, he transformed into art. Ribowsky goes into the seamy side of the record business but also the sheer beauty and magic of the sixties soul music that Redding epitomized.”
- Mark Levine, Booklist

“[A]n engaging account of Redding’s rise to stardom and the parallel story of Stax/Volt. . . . Insightful and informative.”
- Michelle Jones, Dallas Morning News

“A rousing storyteller, Ribowsky energetically chronicles Redding’s rise from local singer to the King of Soul. . . . A fast-paced and entertaining tale of a man, a time and a place where black and white musicians, in spite of the racial tensions swirling around them, came together simply by playing the sweet soul music that transcends any divisions.”
- Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Bookpage.com

“The definitive look at the life and career of Otis Redding thus far. More importantly, [Ribowsky] offers a sort of parallel book about the political and social implications of ‘Southern Soul’ music in the ‘60s, as well as the story of Stax Records, Redding’s label where he was also the undisputed marquee artist. . . . Listeners can find a new appreciation for this “King of Soul” whose reign was all too brief.”
- Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press

“The best. . . . Otis Redding biography to date. . . . The soul and R&B singers and rappers who have come along in the nearly half-century since [Redding’s] death owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”
- George de Stefano, Popmatters

About the Author

Mark Ribowsky is the author of fifteen books, including Ain't Too Proud to Beg: The Troubled Lives and Enduring Soul of the Temptations, the New York Times Notable Book Don’t Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball, and, most recently, Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul. He lives in Florida.

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  • File Size: 6096 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (June 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OD8Z1CW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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