Stax Museum
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Stax Museum
926 E. McLemore Ave.
Memphis, Tenn. 38106
(901) 942-SOUL
I used to work here at Stax Records! Oh, hold on. I used to work in the building that was here before they knocked it down and built a replica of that building on the same spot. Makes no sense. Still really funky.
Stax Museum
Aretha Franklin's Birthplace
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Aretha Franklin's Birthplace
406 Lucy Ave.
Memphis, Tenn. 38106
Too bad they can’t turn this into a museum or a neighborhood funk palace. Worth a drive-by to see the humble orgins of funky greatness.
Aretha Frankllin's Birthplace
Full Gospel Tabernacle
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Full Gospel Tabernacle
787 Hale Rd.
Memphis, Tenn. 38116
(901) 396-9192
Al Green’s been bringing the funk to the churchgoers every Sunday since way back. Strangers are welcome, but you better clean up first and don’t ask him to sing “Let’s Get It On.” Everything else is closed on Sunday, so this is where the funk is at.
Full Gospel Tabernacle
Sun Studio
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Sun Studio
706 Union Ave.
Memphis, Tenn. 38103
(800) 441-6249
I used to work for Sun Records, too. Pretty funky place back then unless that crazy Jerry Lee was around. Lots of phony rockabilly cats hanging around these days, but at least it’s still the same building to keep it just funky enough.
Sun Studio
Graceland Too
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Graceland Too
200 E. Gholson Ave.
Holly Springs, Miss. 38635
Oh, brother! A bunch of funky stuff crammed in a big, funky pink house that’s supposed to look like that mansion out on Highway 51. You’ll probably be the only one on the tour. Crazy and funky!
Graceland Too
National Civil Rights Museum
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National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry St.
Memphis, Tenn. 38103(901) 521-9699
(901) 521-9699
Somebody had the foresight to save the motel where Martin Luther King was assassinated to remind the kids of some deeply unfunky times. In Memphis, you pay respect to those who kept the funk alive.
National Civil Rights Museum
National Ornamental Metal Museum
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National Ornamental Metal Museum
374 Metal Museum Dr.
Memphis, Tenn. 38106
(901) 774-6380
We used to call it wrought iron which sounds a lot funkier than ornamental metal. Still, it’s really close to the river and kind of peaceful after the field trippers leave for the day. Sorta funky in a way.
National Ornamental Metal Museum
The Pyramid
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The Pyramid
1 Auction Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
A bunch of half-crazed civic boosters had the bright idea to build the largest pyramid in America. They played basketball in it for a while until everyone realized it was the least funky place ever. See it now before it turns into a Bass Pro Shop.
The Pyramid
Crystal Shrine Grotto
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Crystal Shrine Grotto
5668 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, Tenn. 38119
(901) 767-8930
For a cemetery, this is a real funky joint. You never know what you can accomplish with a bunch of cement, multi-colored rocks, and some tinted lights. More weird than funky, but definitely not unfunky.
Crystal Shrine Grotto
Statue of Liberty with a Cross
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Statue of Liberty with a Cross
3736 Kirby Pkwy.
Memphis, Tenn. 38115
I don’t have much too say about this except that this is not funky at all. Oh, my.
Statue of Liberty with a Cross