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When he died suddenly at the age of twenty-six, Otis Redding (1941-1967) had already become the conscience of a new kind of music. Sure, Berry Gordy might have built the first black-owned music empire at Motown, but Redding was doing something as historic: mainstreaming black music within the whitest bastions of the post-Confederate south. As a result, the Redding story—still largely untold—is one of great conquest but, sadly, grand tragedy.

Now, in this transformative work, Mark Ribowsky contextualizes Redding’s life within the larger cultural movements of his era, whisking us from the “sinful” clubs of Macon to the trendsetting studios in Memphis and, finally, to the pulsating stage of the Monterey Music Festival where, in a single set, Redding immortalized himself as “soul legend.” What emerges in Dreams to Remember is not only a triumph of music history but also a reclamation of a visionary who would come to define an entire era.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Evokes the fire of Redding…Ribowsky tells the story with nonstop energy, while always probing for the larger social and musical pictures…[His] insightfulness and storytelling gift trump all. Helped by revealing quotations from musicians, he recalls a time of interactive music-making that seems worlds removed from today’s computer-assembled, auto-tuned pop.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Subtly passionate…What Mark Ribowsky has done here is to describe someone who was, not divine, but as godlike as a human can be.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Excellent from start to finish, demanding a soundtrack of Stax hits as background listening.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Ribowsky has labored hard to get at [Redding’s] emotional center…[He] goes into the seamy side of the record business but also the sheer beauty and magic of the sixties soul music that Redding epitomized.”


  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 for Nonfiction
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