Archive for September, 2009

Atlanta’s Bygone Music Venues #2: Freddie Terrell talks about the Soul Expedition Club at Underground

September 15, 2009

As far as I know, The Soul Expedition Club, located at Underground from 1971 until 1974, has the distinction of being the only major music club in the city to be owned and developed by a prominent Baptist preacher.

Freddie Terrell’s band played every Sunday at Dr. W.J. Stafford’s Free for All Baptist Church on Lynhurst in Southwest Atlanta and also backed Stafford’s 1971 LP Drop Drugs…Get Hooked on Jesus.   Terrell suggested to Stafford that the band have their own club so that the various members wouldn’t have to go on the road constantly to make a living and thus miss their weekly church gig.  Stafford obliged by buying a space in Underground, transforming it into a music club, and naming it after Terrell’s band, a funky rhythm and horns ensemble.  The club was immensely popular for several years, especially with locals.

Several years ago, my friend Matt Miller interviewed Freddie Terrell about his musical career, especially the years he fronted the Soul Expedition band.  I operated the camera during this interview.  Matt’s full interview with Terrell can be found in the April/May 2007 issue of Wax Poetics.

Movie Made Atlanta #2: Escape from New York at the old Omni MARTA station

September 3, 2009

In the novel The Moviegoer, the character Binx Bolling describes a phenomenon he calls “certification”:

Nowadays, when a person lives somewhere, in a neighborhood, the place is not certified for him to live. More than likely he will live there sadly and the emptiness which is inside him will expand until it evacuates the entire neighborhood. But if he sees a movie which shows his very neighborhood, it becomes possible for him to live, for a time at least, as a person who is Somewhere and not Anywhere.

What if a place in one’s hometown is depicted in a scene that is ultimately deleted from the final cut of a movie?  Is the place still certified?


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