Book Signing for « I’LL TAKE YOU THERE: MAVIS STAPLES, THE STAPLE SINGERS, AND THE MARCH UP FREEDOM’S HIGHWAY
What: Book signing with author Greg Kot
Where: Stax Museum of American Soul Music
When: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 2 – 5 pm
Admission: Free with purchase of the book or $12 regular admission without
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Scribner is delighted to announce the publication, on January 21, 2014, of I’LL TAKE YOU THERE: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway by Greg Kot.
In this definitive, authorized biography of Mavis Staples, acclaimed music journalist and author Greg Kot has not only written an engrossing history of Mavis Staples and her fascinating life, but an incredibly rich tale of her multi-faceted role in the music, culture, and race relations which are at the roots of contemporary America.
Kot’s book is surprising—including revelations like Bob Dylan’s marriage proposal to Mavis Staples—and, at the same time, informs, proving an intimate, revealing, and honest portrait of Mavis and her interactions with major cultural icons like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and many, many more. The Staples family and their gospel-infused music were also a direct source of inspiration to Martin Luther King, Jr., and they appeared beside him at rallies in churches and auditoriums, essentially serving as his opening act.
Kot’s popular first music biography, Wilco: Learning How to Die, was researched and written with exclusive access and cooperation of the band. For this new book, he has once again gained exclusive access to his subject, researching and writing I’LL TAKE YOU THERE with the full participation of Mavis Staples and her family as well as with access to their archives. The result of Kot’s efforts is an extremely thorough, wholly entertaining, and immensely revelatory story of Mavis—of her songs, faith, family, and her ability to overcome poverty and racism to fashion a rich legacy in popular music.
About the author:
Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990. Kot is cohost of the nationally syndicated public-radio program Sound Opinions and the author of several books, including Wilco: Learning How to Die and Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music. He lives in Chicago.