Greg Kot – Author of I’ll Take You There – Mavis Staples, the Staples Singers and the Music

Greg Kot is a music journalist and the author of   I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway,  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.

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