Muscle Shoals: The Hit Capital's Heyday & Beyond

By C.S. Fuqua

Music & musicians | Paperback, eBook


From Dexter Johnson’s garage studio to James Joiner’s “A Fallen Star,” Tune Records to FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound studios, Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones, from the beginning to present day—Muscle Shoals: The Hit Capital’s Heyday & Beyond is an updated, expanded version of Music Fell on Alabama, the original book-length history of the Muscle Shoals music industry, first published in 1991, chronicling the cooperation of black and white producers and artists during one of the most volatile times in U.S. race relations, cooperation that produced many of the most celebrated and enduring songs of all time. Much has been written about the Muscle Shoals music industry and even a movie produced, most accounts crediting the area’s phenomenal success to some mystical power divined from the Tennessee River. Myth makes for good drama, but Muscle Shoals: The Hit Capital’s Heyday & Beyond details the true source of the industry’s success: the tenacious determination of talented individuals obsessed with the desire to make a difference in music. And what a difference they made…


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From Dexter Johnson’s garage studio to James Joiner’s “A Fallen Star,” Tune Records to FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound studios, Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones, from the beginning to present day—Muscle Shoals: The Hit Capital’s Heyday & Beyond is an updated, expanded version of Music Fell on Alabama, the original book-length history of the Muscle Shoals music industry, first published in 1991, chronicling the cooperation of black and white producers and artists during one of the most volatile times in U.S. race relations, cooperation that produced many of the most celebrated and enduring songs of all time. Much has been written about the Muscle Shoals music industry and even a movie produced, most accounts crediting the area’s phenomenal success to some mystical power divined from the T...


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C.S. Fuqua's books include Muscle Shoals ~ The Hit Capital's Heyday & Beyond, White Trash & Southern ~ Collected Poems Volume I, Rise Up, Notes to My Becca, The Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft, Trust Walk, The Swing: Poems of Fatherhood, and Divorced Dads, among others. His work has appeared widely in publications as diverse as The Christian Science Monitor, Naval History, Main Street Rag, and Year's Best Horror Stories. His interest in music is prevalent in many of his stories and books and is rooted in his hobbies as a musician and native flute craftsman. Please visit his website at http://www.csfuqua.weebly.com.


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C.S. Fuqua's books include Muscle Shoals ~ The Hit Capital's Heyday & Beyond, White Trash & Southern ~ Collected Poems Volume I, Rise Up, Notes to My Becca, The Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft, Trust Walk, The Swing: Poems of Fatherhood, and Divorced Dads, among others. His work has appeared widely in publications as diverse as The Christian Science Monitor, Naval History, Main Street ...


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