Stax museum Memphis v Hitsville

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Top of pageBottom of page   By bobkayli (195.93.66.9) on Monday, August 25, 2003 - 04:53 pm:

Having returned from two weeks in chicago, Detroit and Memphis, it breaks my heart as a Motown freak to say that that the Stax museum beats Hitsville handsdown. We had a fabulous four hours of nostalgia on College and Mclemore, even bought a stack of Stax cds. What needs to be done to stir up the Detroit hierarchy so that the Detroit soul heritage gets greater recognition in the town? The sad state of the Motown buildings on Woodward and West Davison, the Golden World era, i could go on all night..... It surely would raise the positive profile of the town if the oft talked about new museum was brought to life. The budget could surely be found as it would surely bring jobs and economic reconstruction of a part of the town. The Motown museum is great but gives a very one sided view of Detroit soul. Should I write to the mayor? Would he care?

Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle (81.109.33.162) on Monday, August 25, 2003 - 05:15 pm:

I think you should write to the Mayor.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Top of pageBottom of page   By bobkayli (195.93.72.8) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 11:32 am:

David, thank you for your northern soul tour on the website, it helped us find lots of studios that otherwise we wouldn't have known about. I will write to the mayor. If he responds I'll put it on the website.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Eugene Brown (64.7.167.66) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 03:29 pm:

Several years ago there was a documentary on Stax that aired in Detroit. Does anyone have any information on this?

Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle (81.109.33.162) on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 04:39 pm:

Thanks Bob

There are about another 400 images of buildings associated with the music industry that I have still to upload.

Plus another 100 still to photograph and upload.

David

Top of pageBottom of page   By ~~medusa~~ (68.248.2.146) on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 08:24 am:

well, since the Mayor here N Detroit wants 2 enhance the city, Yes, I'd say that's a good idea
I'm sure folks that will B here 4 the Super Bowl, have heard about the'Motown sound", I for one, will try 2 get the Mayors attention, he's very visible N the public.
WOW! Bob, that is really an excellent idea.

Top of pageBottom of page   By IRVMILNE (81.152.210.34) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 03:05 pm:

I TO HAVE BEEN TO HITSVILLE 2 WEEKS AGO AND ENJOYED IT,I WOULDN'T WANTED IT ALL SPICK AND SPAN LIKE WHAT I BELIEVE SOULSVILLE IS NOW ,HITSVILLE WAS WHAT IT WOULDVE BEEN LIKE IN ITS HAYDAY AND I PREFER THAT SO LONG AS ITS LOOKED AFTER BUT THE SHOP WAS A LET DOWN IT COULDVE HAD MORE STUFF FOR SALE, MINOR GRIPE REALLY.

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 04:44 pm:

Hopefully, they will not change anything else at Hitsville. It has been slightly changed from the original, and joined onto the house next door, among other little things. It should stay as is.

However, the building on Woodward could really be done anyway they want to do it. The museum could make lots of money at that location. A great spot. I'm hoping they will do the external as it was when Motown was there.

I was told Stax has quite a bit of Motown, Temptations, Funkbrothers, exhibits one way or another. Someone told me the museum has too much of Motown, when in fact, they have enough to celebrate of themselves without tapping into Motown.

Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle (81.103.135.80) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 04:57 pm:

It's surprising that Stax celebrates Motown. As you say Sis there is no need.

The Hitsville museum is wonderful. I've been through it about half a dozen times and they have done a great job (Thanks Ron Swope).

It is also the original building which is a huge advantage over Stax.

As for Woodward and West Davison, it is unrealistic to think that money should be pumped into those premises. I would love to see inside Studio B but how many others would, outside of our forum community.

The last time we were at Hitsville a busload of kids did the tour. I also know that 50 went in a tour with Richard Pegue from WVON in Chicago. They had a grat day but the last thing they wanted to see was Woodward and Davison.

That is the reality.

BTW a (now, not too secret) dream of mine is to gain entry to the DAF. Maybe I'll try in July!

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 05:02 pm:

The Motown Building is on Woodward and I75, a few blocks from the Fox Theater, Palms Theater, and Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit. Remember DMeikle, that's where you saw Marvin Gaye's desk. :o)

Top of pageBottom of page   By David Meikle (81.103.135.80) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 05:07 pm:

Yes Sis, it's in the heart of the Detroit resurrection, but can you imagine the cost of renovation!

It's significant theat Esther Edwards plans have stalled. Or does anyone know if the project is still on?

Top of pageBottom of page   By SisDetroit (68.42.209.170) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 05:12 pm:

I don't know whether it's still on. Wasn't Berry suppose to donate the building? Whether that building or a new building, it would be worth it. I seem to recall, Magic Johnson made an offer for that spot a few years back so he could put up one of his theaters. But it was declined.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Bob Olhsson (12.85.128.151) on Friday, August 29, 2003 - 07:51 pm:

There IS an extremely significant difference. The Stax museum is a brand new building that has been built from the ground up to be a museum and a school that looks like Stax. Hitsville is the real deal that has been carefully preserved pretty much as it really was by Berry Gordy's sister.

The Stax museum is a wonderful tribute to the music (I've been there and spent an evening with the staff) but everybody involved wishes the original building had been protected the way Mrs. Edwards has protected Hitsville.


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