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Estelle Axton: A Woman, A Place, and the Memphis Sound

Posted on: August 13th, 2014 by Guest Writer 2 Comments

 

Siblings Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton defied cultural norms in the Jim Crow era to found Stax Records, one of the most influential soul and R&B labels of the 1960s and '70s. Credit: Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Siblings Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton defied cultural norms in the Jim Crow era to found Stax Records, one of the most influential soul and R&B labels of the 1960s and '70s.

There's no obvious reason why Estelle Axton and her brother Jim Stewart should have been the kind of people who would established Stax Records in the Jim Crow South.

One of the most prominent and influential soul and R&B labels of the 1960s, Stax artists included Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett, and Isaac Hayes, backed by the house band, Booker T. and the MGs. The studio was located in the blue-collar African-American neighborhood of South Memphis, was founded by a pair of white siblings, and was a tightknit family of black and white artists working together.

"Jim and Estelle were righteous people who were living during a time and in a place that suggested that they should be anything other than who they were," says Deanie Parker, who joined the Stax family as a teenager and went on to become director of publicity. Parker helped establish the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, which opened in 2003 on the site of the original studio.... Read More →

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Ben Folds Leads Charge to Save RCA Studio A on Nashville’s Music Row

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

Written by Carolyn Brackett, Senior Field Officer

Credit: Ben Folds, Facebook
Ben Folds posted an infographic on his personal Facebook page detailing the importance of fighting for the future of RCA Studio A.

Musician Ben Folds is leading the charge to save one of the country’s most significant music sites: the RCA Studio A on Nashville’s famed Music Row. But Folds is not alone; he’s rallying support and building a coalition to help him do it.... Read More →

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Atlanta’s Swan House: From Historic Home to “Hunger Games” Set

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

Crews also setup scenes in the front yard of Sawn House, which was used as the set for President Snow’s version of the White House. Credit: Atlanta History Center
Crews set up scenes in the front yard of Swan House, which was used as the set for President Snow’s version of the White House.

The Swan House in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood is a 1928 Classical mansion and onetime home to the Inman family, whose wealth helped to rebuild the city after its destruction during the Civil War. More recently, the house, designed by Phillip Trammell Shutze, has become the home of the Atlanta Historical Society, and even one of the sets for the 2013 film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

I sat down with the Swan House’s Brandi Wigley and Jessica Rast to get the scoop on the house’s history and its role in the blockbuster film.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

The Palestra: College Hoops’ Most Storied Arena

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by David Robert Weible

 

Credit: Ed B, Flickr
The Palestra is famous its raucous atmosphere and for its seating that reaches right to the floor.

There’s a reason why they refer to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as March Madness: On top of the fact that the games themselves are crazy, basically the whole country goes wild over it. (When else do you see grown men and women biting their nails and sweating in their offices cubicles over whether to scribble “Dayton” or “Ohio State” on a piece of paper?)

But even with the onset of live-streaming five-game simulcasts and billion-dollar bracket giveaways, the game still has plenty of history to celebrate. Case in point: Philadelphia’s 1927 hoops arena known as the Palestra.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

In 1956, Finley brought his case for saving the historic Patent Office Building in downtown D.C. before President Eisenhower. He was successful, and today the building houses the National Portrait Gallery. Credit: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Gallery Archives.
In 1956, Finley brought his case for saving the historic Patent Office Building in downtown D.C. before President Eisenhower. He was successful, and today the building houses the National Portrait Gallery.

The Monuments Men” tells a true-life story of wartime brotherhood and the search for stolen art in WWII-era Europe. But behind the gallantry brought to life by George Clooney and Matt Damon was the work of a quieter hero -- one so quiet, he doesn’t even have a role in the film.... Read More →

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Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn

Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.