I'll Take You There

I'll Take You There

Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway

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Baker & Taylor
A lesser-known account of the life and achievements of the lead singer of the Staple Singers reveals how her family fused diverse musical genres to transcend racism and oppression through song, discussing such topics as her romantic affairs, her collaborations with fellow artists and her indelible impact on civil rights culture.

Simon and Schuster
“A biography that will send readers back to the music of Mavis and the Staple Singers with deepened appreciation and a renewed spirit of discovery” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)—from the acclaimed music journalist and author featured prominently in the new HBO documentary Mavis!

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. One of the most enduring artists of popular music, Mavis and her talented 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.

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, and many others 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. “Ultimately, Kot depicts the endurance of Mavis Staples and her family’s music as an inspiration, a saga that takes us, like the song that inspired this book’s name, to a place where ain’t nobody crying” (The Washington Post).

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, 2014
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451647860
9781451647853
Branch Call Number: 782.2540922 Kot
Characteristics: viii, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: I will take you there

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GummiGirl
Feb 10, 2014

Essential reading for fans of the Staples family and their music. The focus is on the songs more than the people, but both are pretty amazing.

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