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

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

by Greg Kot
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I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
dgregoryburns More than 1 year ago
"I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staples Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway" by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot tells the story of the Staples family in what, from the outset, had to be a good read.  Mavis Staples alone is a national treasure whose music career is heading into three quarters of a contrary.   Just like Mavis herself, the book is spirited, winsome and never boring.    Kot fills the book with rich stories that take the readers through the ever changing music industry of the last 75 years.   There are numerous tidbits about this celebrity or that.  Bob Dylan did ask her to marry him and Mavis describes Dyalan as her, “first love, and it was the one I lost.”  She went to school with Lou Rawls and Sam Cooke with gospel legend Mahalia Jackson living right around the corner from the Staples‘ home.  During the civil rights era Mavis and her family were often the opening act for Martin Luther King, Jr. before he spoke.    Mavis Staples is still going, recording, singing, living.  Pops died in 2000 and Cleotha in 2013 but Mavis sings on.   This is truly an extraordinary book of an extraordinary life.  A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago