The Latest | August 8

With Gonerfest, Mempho, and Cooper Young Fest still around the corner, it might feel like a quiet time in the Memphis music scene, but there were still plenty of notable stories circling about worthy of attention. From the passing of a local icon to a new Memphis-centric game, here are some of the top music-focused stories that you might have missed.

Music Legend John King Passes Away at 78

John King, the legendary co-founder of Memphis’ Ardent Record and a veteran music promoter, passed away last week at the age of 78. Perhaps best known for his work with underground icons Big Star, King was also known for his immense collection of music, which became the foundation of the Memphis Listening Lab’s library shortly before his passing. To learn more about his impressive and consequential life, check out this profile from the Commercial Appeal.

Vinyl City, USA

In a sprawling new cover story in the Memphis Flyer, journalist Alex Greene explains how Memphis has positioned itself at the epicenter of the rapidly growing world of vinyl records. From mastering and manufacturing to record stores and labels, Greene argues that “every step of the process that makes records possible can be found in Memphis.” Once considered a dying industry, vinyl’s rapid comeback has proven to be an unexpected boon to the Memphis economy.

New Card Game Puts Memphis in the Spotlight

This week, a new card game hit the market that puts your knowledge of Memphis’ unique history and culture to the test. “You Can’t Say That: Memphis Mane Edition,” a family-friendly twist on popular games like Taboo, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter and promises to be the perfect gift for anyone with ties to the Bluff City. “These last few years, there has been so much local civic pride, it only made sense to do it. I came up with about 75 words for the game and it was a hit,” says game developer Jamal Boddie.

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