Down & Brown
since 1998


In the guide books I have, there is nothing to be found at the site of the former Stax Record Studios. How wrong they are.

Memphis has invested in its soul heritage and built an enormous Stax Soul Institue and Museum.

The museum is not due to open until April 2003, though the institute - the best bit - is operational and is making a sound investment in the musical future of Memphis. I think this is brilliant, so does Steve Cropper, the man, the cornerstone, responsible for capturing the soul sound and hundreds of soul hits. He can be heard on a great Memphis radio station, Soul Classics, 103.5, celebrating the fact that kids are being taught to play, read and perform soul music.

This is what it should be about.