Ah, good old Stax Records never fails at influencing ladmark moments in music. Back when Dave Chappelle did the unthinkable throwing a block party with appearances by folks like John Legend, The Roots and Kanye West, it was because he saw Wattstax, a documentary about the legendary record label from the '60s. The influence of Stax plays out again in this week's Levi's Pioneer Session, where John Legend recreates "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines with The Roots giving musical direction. After the jump, Levi's explains the source of "Our Generation."
"Legend & The Roots re-craft a lost classic by the great, yet somehow underappreciated, soul singer Ernie Hines. Mississippi-born, Hines grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he got his start singing in the church. Soul music eventually caught his interest and the singer/guitarist ended up playing with the likes of Lowell Fulsom and Clyde McPhatter. In 1970 he signed to the legendary Stax label, where he recorded “Our Generation.” Like much of that era’s music, Hines’ song doesn’t give in to the tumult and conflict of the times, refusing to be consumed by it and offering a call to young people to make the world a better place. It’s raw and soulful and honest."
John Legend, f. The Roots, "Our Generation"
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