Stax Museum of American Soul Music | Kristin Luna

Watch the documentary, experience the legacy of HBO's STAX Documentary

HBO's Stax: Soulsville, USA documentary debuted May 20, 2024. Archival footage, interviews spanning decades, and iconic vocal performances by Stax artists including Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Booker T and the MGs, The Staple Singers, The Bar-Kays and Rufus and Carla Thomas tell the story of the global soul music explosion: a revolution ignited around Stax Records in the Memphis neighborhood that would come to be known as Soulsville.

In four parts, the documentary explores the music, artists and studio executives behind the creative movement that caught on worldwide. But it also explores the unique conditions in Memphis, and the nation, that were catching at the time: an era of civil rights pain and progress forever entwined with the period's popular music, and soul music in particular. Curious about the Memphis locations you see in the documentary? Scroll for an itinerary to help you plan your set-jetting visit.   

National Civil Rights Museum / David Meany
visitor in front of rock n soul with ja morant poster
Marissa Strang
hallway with walls covered in record sleeves at the Stax Museum
Raphael Tenschert
A band performs a concert outside at night on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee

Clockwise from top left: Outside the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel; outside the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum; live music on Beale Street; inside the hall of records at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Ready to plan a Memphis #Soultrip inspired by HBO's Stax: Soulsville USA documentary? Start here: