The former Stax studios and Satellite Record Shop, Memphis Tennessee, September 1989
photo by Dave Fisher, Waterloo Ontario.
While on a pilgrimage to Memphis in 1989 to see Graceland, we saw a sign on a Church's Fried Chicken for a two dollar special. Being hungry and cheap, we pulled off South Bellevue Blvd, parked the car and had some lunch. The Church's is still there twenty plus years later.
Sitting in the Church's I noticed a guy across the street selling watermelon out of the trunk of his car. Looking around a little more I noticed the street sign said "McLemore Ave". My brain exploded as I remembered that the legendary Stax studios was on this same McLemore Ave, a fact I remembered from a Booker T and the MG's album cover. It was a parody/tribute of Abbey Road.
I went to the counter of the Church's and asked the staff if we were close to Stax, they told us it was right down the street. Finishing our fried chicken, we hopped in the car and drove down the street and quickly found Stax at an intersection up the way. My friend Dave took this picture from the car window, with our long hair and pale complexions in a car with Ontario plates, we were a little too apprehensive to get out of the car to poke around a derelict former movie theatre, with foreboding grafitti, that was once the home of the Stax studios and the Satellite Record Shop, its precursor.
Today this site has been totally renovated and turned into the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.