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I'll Take You There

Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, And The March Up Freedom's Highway

By Greg Kot

This is 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. 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 movement—inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. himself.

Critically acclaimed biographer and Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot cuts to the heart of Mavis Staples’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 Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, this definitive account shows Mavis as you’ve never seen her before. I’ll Take You There 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 Mavis’s talent.

Filled with never-before-told stories, this fascinating biography illuminates a legendary singer and group during a historic period of change in America.

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2014

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9781451647853


Format: Book
Author: Kot, Greg
Summary: Recounts the life and achievements of the lead singer of the Staple Singers, revealing how her family fused diverse musical genres to transcend racism and oppression through song, and discussing her collaborations with fellow artists and her impact on civil rights culture.
Title: I'll take you there : Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the march up freedom's highway / Greg Kot.
Publisher Date: New York : Scribner, 2014.
Subject: Staples, Mavis. Staple Singers. Gospel musicians -- United States -- Biography. Rhythm and blues musicians -- United States -- Biography. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians. MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Chamber. MUSIC / General.
Isbn: 9781451647853 (hbk.) 1451647859 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 782.25409 Kot
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Bib Id: 495747

Format: Book
Author: Kot, Greg.
Summary: Recounts the life and achievements of the lead singer of the Staple Singers, revealing how her family fused diverse musical genres to transcend racism and oppression through song, and discussing her collaborations with fellow artists and her impact on civil rights culture.
Title: I'll take you there : Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the march up freedom's highway / Greg Kot.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Scribner, 2014.
Description: viii, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Staples, Mavis.
Subjects: Staple Singers.
Subjects: Gospel musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Subjects: Rhythm and blues musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians.
Subjects: MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Chamber.
Subjects: MUSIC / General.
Other Title: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the march up freedom's highway
Other Title: I will take you there
Notes: Includes index.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references, discography, and index.
Contents: Prologue: "Freedom Highway" in sequined flats -- Voices in the Mississippi night -- Hard time killing floor -- "If I could hear my mother pray again" -- "This may be the last time" -- "Gospel in a blues key" -- "Uncloudy day" -- A guitar, an amplifier, and a gun -- "That's the guy who sings 'Blue Suede Shoes'" -- "God was in the room" -- Sam Cooke and Aretha -- Modern folksingers -- For the love of Bob Dylan -- "If he can preach it, we can sing it" -- "Freedom highway" -- "Why am I treated so bad?" -- "Mavis, you want a hit?" -- The Stax era begins -- "When will we be paid?" -- Mahalia passes the torch -- "You talk to me like I'm a kid" -- "I have learned to do without you" -- Muscle Shoals soul -- Back to the motherland -- "Cleo, you like brownies?" -- "Respect yourself" -- "I'll take you there" -- Wattstax -- "They don't know which category to put us in" -- A family tragedy -- Stax crumbles -- "Let's do it again" -- "I was never more scared in my life" -- "The last waltz" -- Desperate times -- "Slippery people" -- Prince and the Holy Ghost moment -- Pops, the second act -- "Whatever you do, don't give up" -- "My skin started moving on my bones" -- "I'll be the history" -- Hope at the hideout -- "You are not alone" -- "When the gates swing open, let me in".
LCCN: 2013032633
ISBN: 9781451647853 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1451647859 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 782.25409 Kot