The outrageous wheel of fortune that is the Stax Story. A couple of segments are blocked from this very decent documentary but you’ll still get a damn good idea about Stax’s torrid and tragic story. If you appreciated Muscle Shoals, then this too is a must. I came to Stax via Booker T, Isaac Hayes and The Temptations (my favourite Motown funksters), records I actually bought in the day. As a psychedelic funk nut — wah-wah guitar, brass and organ — would have to be my everyday style if I had to choose one. (Bowie’s brilliant Hayes-Mayfield-Womack inspired 1984 is “a milestone” according to the very excellent Chris O’Leary). But the big news is tonight’s show at the Proms — can’t wait to see a podcast of it. Boy, are those promenaders in for a treat what with Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd there! Here is Beverley Knight chatting about the Stax story as well.