I'll Take You There
Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway
By Greg Kot
(Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781451647853, 308pp.)
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
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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.
The group's sound broke down musical walls and inspired civil rights leaders. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with biographer Greg Kot about his new book, I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway. More at NPR.org
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