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Venue

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 E. McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN, 38106, United States
9012616338

Organizer

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
901-261-6338
info@soulsvillefoundation.org
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The Meaning of Soul with Author Emily Lordi

October 12 @ 7:00 pm – October 12 @ 9:00 pm
Admission: Free

Lecture and discussion with author Emily Lordi and Edwin Mims, Professor of English, Vanderbilt University

Free Admission

In The Meaning of Soul, Emily J. Lordi proposes a new understanding of this famously elusive concept. In the 1960s, Lordi argues, soul came to signify a cultural belief in black resilience, which was enacted through musical practices—inventive cover versions, falsetto vocals, ad-libs, and false endings. Through these soul techniques, artists such as Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, and Minnie Riperton performed virtuosic survivorship and thus helped to galvanize Black communities in an era of peril and promise. Lordi offers a vision of soul that foregrounds the intricacies of musical craft, the complex personal and social meanings of the music, the dynamic movement of soul across time, and the leading role played by black women in this musical-intellectual tradition.