The Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction March 2012
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A fascinating archive from Memphis Sound Productions that tells the story of a historic time in American music - the 1960’s – and the emergence of black artists in the south facing segregation and looking for the acceptance of white audiences and the difference in the cultures of the U.S. and Europe of that acceptance. This Memphis Sound Productions financial archive was part of the Capricorn Records/Phil Walden, Sr. Archives owned by the Walden Family. Phil Walden, Sr. was the founder and President of Capricorn Records and he guided the careers of Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band, among many others, playing an instrumental role in the development of the 70’s phenomenon of Southern rock. The archive features financial documents covering the period of the Stax/Volt Revue tour which was the start of the peak interest in Otis Redding, and goes through his untimely death on December 10, 1967, through to the year 1969 covering all of the Revue’s stars. An original Memphis Sounds Productions check book covering 1967 and 1968, bank statements and canceled checks are also featured. Canceled checks, with their signatures on the verso of the checks include: Otis Redding, Al Jackson, Eddie Floyd, Jim Stewart, Steve Cropper, Booker T and the MG’s as well as the original copies of the cover letters that went with these checks. Also included are expense reports on Phil Walden Artists and Promotions stationery for Otis Redding, The Markeys (Mar-Keys), Booker T and the MG’s, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley, Carla Thomas, Sam and Dave, as well as invoices for these artists. Showing that the artists sometimes also owed the company there are documents of “debts owed” as well. The bank statements from Georgia Bank are in the name of Phil Walden Artists and Promotions as well as Memphis Sound Productions. Documents measure 8.5 x 11. Very good condition. Comes with a Gotta Have Rock & Roll™ Certificate of Authenticity.
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