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I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway

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This is the untold story of living legend Mavis Staplesand#8212;lead singer of the Staple Singers and a major figure in the music that shaped the civil rights era. Now in her seventies, Mavis has been a fixture in the music world for decades. One of the most enduring artists of popular music, she and her family fused gospel, soul, folk, and rock to transcend racism and oppression through song. Honing her prodigious talent on the Southern gospel circuit of the 1950s, Mavis and the Staple Singers went on to sell more than 30 million records, with message-oriented soul music that became a sound track to the civil rights movementand#8212;inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. himself.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Critically acclaimed biographer and andlt;I andgt;Chicago Tribuneandlt;/Iandgt; music critic Greg Kot cuts to the heart of Mavis Staplesand#8217;s music, revealing the intimate stories of her sixty-year career. From her love affair with Bob Dylan, to her creative collaborations with Prince, to her recent revival alongside Wilcoand#8217;s Jeff Tweedy, this definitive account shows Mavis as youand#8217;ve never seen her before. andlt;I andgt;Iand#8217;ll Take You Thereandlt;/Iandgt; was written with the complete cooperation of Mavis and her family. Readers will also hear from Prince, Bonnie Raitt, David Byrne, Marty Stuart, Ry Cooder, Steve Cropper, and many other individuals whose lives have been influenced by Mavisand#8217;s talent.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Filled with never-before-told stories, this fascinating biography illuminates a legendary singer and group during a historic period of change in America.

Review:

"Chicago Tribune music critic Kot lets popular music icon Mavis Staples, lead singer of the Staples Singers, have her say in this rousing, chatty bio of 60 years of performing. Written with the cooperation of Mavis and family, this down home tale begins with Mavis's ambitious father, Pop Staples, breaking away from a hardscrabble life in the Mississippi Delta, gathering his young family around him to start an upward climb through the Southern gospel circuit of the '50s and '60s, featuring Mavis, the skinny little girl with the grown-up voice. Along the way to stardom and sales of more than 30 million records, Mavis and her musical brood, based on Chicago's South Side, crosses paths with such legends as Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, and Aretha Franklin, while making their indelible mark with inspiring songs about the civil rights struggle. Teasing the reader with Mavis's abbreviated romance with Bob Dylan, her teaming with the reclusive Prince, and her recent association with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Kot's effort remains clear and respectful and takes us deep into the golden age of Mavis and her marvelously talented group. (Jan)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

andlt;Bandgt;The untold story of living legend Mavis Staples--lead singer of The Staple Singers and a major figure in the music that shaped the Civil Rights era--researched and written by acclaimed music journalist and author Greg Kot.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;pandgt;Now in her seventies, Mavis Staples has been a fixture in the music world for decades. One of the most enduring figures of popular music, she and her family fused gospel, soul, folk and rock to transcend racism and oppression through song. Honing her prodigious talent on the Southern gospel circuit of the 1950s, Mavis and The Staple Singers went on to sell more than 30 million records, with message-oriented soul music that became a soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement--inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. himself.andlt;BRandgt;

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About the Author

Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990. Kot is co-host of the nationally syndicated public-radio program Sound Opinions, and the author of several books, including Wilco: Learning How to Die and Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music. He lives in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451647853
Author:
Kot, Greg
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Music-Chamber Music
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Mavis Staples; music history; Civil Rights; Staples Singers; Bob Dylan; Prince; Wilco
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page bandamp;w insert
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 320 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781451647853 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Chicago Tribune music critic Kot lets popular music icon Mavis Staples, lead singer of the Staples Singers, have her say in this rousing, chatty bio of 60 years of performing. Written with the cooperation of Mavis and family, this down home tale begins with Mavis's ambitious father, Pop Staples, breaking away from a hardscrabble life in the Mississippi Delta, gathering his young family around him to start an upward climb through the Southern gospel circuit of the '50s and '60s, featuring Mavis, the skinny little girl with the grown-up voice. Along the way to stardom and sales of more than 30 million records, Mavis and her musical brood, based on Chicago's South Side, crosses paths with such legends as Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, and Aretha Franklin, while making their indelible mark with inspiring songs about the civil rights struggle. Teasing the reader with Mavis's abbreviated romance with Bob Dylan, her teaming with the reclusive Prince, and her recent association with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Kot's effort remains clear and respectful and takes us deep into the golden age of Mavis and her marvelously talented group. (Jan)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Bandgt;The untold story of living legend Mavis Staples--lead singer of The Staple Singers and a major figure in the music that shaped the Civil Rights era--researched and written by acclaimed music journalist and author Greg Kot.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;pandgt;Now in her seventies, Mavis Staples has been a fixture in the music world for decades. One of the most enduring figures of popular music, she and her family fused gospel, soul, folk and rock to transcend racism and oppression through song. Honing her prodigious talent on the Southern gospel circuit of the 1950s, Mavis and The Staple Singers went on to sell more than 30 million records, with message-oriented soul music that became a soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement--inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. himself.andlt;BRandgt;

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