Live Oak Legacies is dedicated to helping you and your loved ones preserve and share your most treasured stories, so we love to recognize others who embrace and celebrate history in the same way. When these individuals also happen to be our friends, it makes it even better. In this post we feature Sonobeat Records: Pioneering the Austin Sound in the '60s, a new book by Ricky Stein about Austin's early music scene and one of the labels that helped steer it. With South By Southwest ready to fill our streets with its annual musical celebration, we hope this gets you in the mood to jam out and appreciate how our once sleepy little town became the "Live Music Capital of the World."
Unlike so many of us (myself included), when tasked with choosing a topic for his UT senior thesis, Ricky Stein took the exercise to heart. A lifelong Austinite and a prolific local musician, Stein’s innocent exploration of Sonobeat Records evolved into a full-length exploration of one of Austin's most influential labels during the 1960s and was ultimately published by the History Press.
When asked why he chose to explore Austin's music history, Stein said:
As Austin continues to grow, there's a fear that we as citizens will somehow lose a part of our identity that has made this town so distinctly appealing over the years. I wanted to preserve and bring to light a story about how we developed into such a cultural mecca in hopes that readers will have a better understanding of our city's heritage.
While Live Oak Legacies focuses on preserving individual and family stories, this is definitely something with which we can identify. After reading this book, I certainly have a deeper appreciation for Austin's musical pioneers and how their work still has people dancing in the streets today.
Check out Sonobeat Records: Pioneering the Austin Sound in the '60s here, and have a wonderful SXSW!