The book's mission is to document the legends of the Memphis soul music business. Photographer Thom Gilbert set up a photo studio at Royal Studios in Memphis, home of the famed Hi Records that launched the careers of Al Green, Ann Peebles, and dozens of others. The studio's "green room" was filled with soul music royalty: Bobby "Blue" Bland in his signature nautical cap, several of the Hodges brothers who make up the incomparable Hi Rhythm Section were on hand, Stax Records musicians Bobby Manuel, Lester Snell were there actually working on a recording, but pausing to have their portraits taken. Gilbert has captured images of what seems like every living person related to Memphis soul music. From Rev. Jesse Jackson, who recorded spoken word albums on Stax's Respect Records label, to Sam Moore of the indelible soul duo Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas, Steve Cropper, B.B. King, Bobby Rush, and many others, including the lesser known but equally vital session players, writers, engineers, publicists who contributed to what is now world renowned as The Memphis Sound. AUTHOR: Thom Gilbert was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. His work has been seen in Interview, New York Magazine, Gotham, NY Times Magazine, LA Confidential, GQ and Hampton's Magazine. He has won numerous awards including the Hasselblad Masters Series. This is Mr. Gilbert's first solo book. He calls his portraiture honest. It comprises elements of trust he establishes with his subjects to bring out a moment of their true identity. Mr. Gilbert as already completed a similar approach with the pro surfing world and their culture called Now You See Them as well as a project photographing the people who were closest to Elvis Presley titled Brushing Shoulders with Elvis. SELLING POINTS: A must for all buffs of soul music: hundreds of amazing photographic portraits of the great and lesser-known artists A beautiful photography book on its own. Gilbert's portraits are honest and lively Soul - Memphis' Original Sound opens as a gallery show at The Stax Museum in Memphis, TN November 2014 180 colour and 20 b/w photographs
If a picture can speak 1,000 words, then author and photographer Thom Gilbert s Soul: Memphis Original Sound is comparable to an encyclopedia. Aside from a few brief pages of text, the book consists of more than 200 intimate, pristine portraits documenting the people, places and items responsible for the soulful Memphis sound of the 1960s and 70s. From B.B. King to Isaac Hayes Cadillac to the Lorraine Motel, Gilbert s book is a history lesson in soul, especially showcasing Stax Records home to Hayes, Sam And Dave, Otis Redding and others and Royal Studios, where Al Green, Bobby Blue Bland, Syl Johnson and others cut timeless classics.--Quinn Peterson, Life & Times "December 22, 2014 ""
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th November 2014
Country of Publication: IT
Dimensions (cm): 30.8 x 24.3 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 1.89