Stax Records officially began in 1960. A company, that evolved from Satellite Records three years prior, the Stax Museum formed in the late 90’s. A group of community leaders, philanthropists and former Stax employees formed the Soulsville Foundation, to revitalize the area, provide mentoring and music-focused educational opportunities for neighborhood children, and open a museum to tell the Stax story.
What’s happening folks, it’s S.D., your favorite OG (older gent) here! Reflecting on some of my favorite musical artists of the 70’s (1970-1979). It was during these times that I personally enjoyed the natural development and maturation of some already known R&B acts. In addition to being introduced to new musicians from the “DISCO” era.
The Museum Of UnCut Funk thanks Corey Pickett for agreeing to showcase his work in Aesthetic Grooves. Corey creates works of art that is consistent with our mission to pay homage to Black Icons from the 1970’s and beyond.
I received an image of Luis’ work that was sent to me via facebook. I have never seen graphic design quite like this before. Being such a huge fan of 1970’s Black culture, Luis’ creations blew me away. His designs are very Afrocentric, which of course is appealing to me. His intricate patterns of iconic figures like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Prince and Marvin Gaye are so beautiful that they speak for themselves. I think you are going to like his work.
Every now and then you come across art that blows you away. For me it’s Kagan McLeod.
The Museum of UnCut Funk recently featured Kagan McLeod and his Infinite Kung Fu graphic novel in Aesthetic Grooves. VERY FUNKY STUFF. You can read all about it here – http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2012/04/07/infinite-kung-fu-part-1-by-kagan-mcleod/. While checking out Kagan’s work I stumbled across his amazing music themed ink drawings of some of my musical heroes. I reached out to Kagan and got his approval to post this work on our site. This cat creates some of the flyest images that fully represents what the Museum is all about.
Thanks Kagan…Sista ToFunky!
I came across Jim Mahfood’s site by shear accident. I was like WOW I really dig this cat’s work. I’m a fan of black and white comic illustration and Jim has taken characters that I love and admire and created interesting works of art.
The Museum of UnCut Funk continues to celebrate the best decade ever with a review of Poster Art from funky music based films that helped to create the soundtrack of the 1970’s.
Blaxploitation meets urban culture.
Hip And Happening Aqua Teen Hunger Force – Cartoon Network
Adult Swim’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” series has a character called ‘Boxy Brown’ (A play on Foxy Brown, a lead character in another blaxploitation film).
New York Funkin’ City And Harlem, USA
As you know, I love Blaxploitation. What I dig most about these films is that a number of them took place in NYC. With all the jive-talking, gun-toting, leather-wearing, cocaine and heroin sniffin’ pimps, not to mention the outrageous outfits, cars and of course the women, all of these films had a funky inner-city vibe that was quite campy and extremely cheesy. I JUST LOVE IT!!!
When I had the fortune to interview Millie Jackson, she spoke to me about her endeavors from the Apollo Theatre to Broadway. We laughed a lot, as she was very candid with me about her unique style and the ups and downs of her career.
When Isaac Hayes made a comeback as a radio disc-jockey, before he took on the role of “Chef” on “South Park,” I spoke to him about his endeavor Literacy is the Balm, the World Literacy Crusade, Scientology, film and his historic Oscar win for “Shaft”.