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Author Kot, Greg.
Title I'll take you there : Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the march up freedom's highway / Greg Kot.
Published New York : Scribner, 2014.
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 Music & Media - Stacks  ML400 .K873 2014    IN LIBRARY
Description viii, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, discography (pages 289-291)and index.
Contents Prologue: "Freedom Highway" in sequined flats -- Voices in the Mississippi night -- Hard time killing floor -- "If I could hear my mother pray again" -- "This may be the last time" -- "Gospel in a blues key" -- "Uncloudy day" -- A guitar, an amplifier, and a gun -- "That's the guy who sings 'Blue Suede Shoes'" -- "God was in the room" -- Sam Cooke and Aretha -- Modern folksingers -- For the love of Bob Dylan -- "If he can preach it, we can sing it" -- "Freedom highway" -- "Why am I treated so bad?" -- "Mavis, you want a hit?" -- The Stax era begins -- "When will we be paid?" -- Mahalia passes the torch -- "You talk to me like I'm a kid" -- "I have learned to do without you" -- Muscle Shoals soul -- Back to the motherland -- "Cleo, you like brownies?" -- "Respect yourself" -- "I'll take you there" -- Wattstax -- "They don't know which category to put us in" -- A family tragedy -- Stax crumbles -- "Let's do it again" -- "I was never more scared in my life" -- "The last waltz" -- Desperate times -- "Slippery people" -- Prince and the Holy Ghost moment -- Pops, the second act -- "Whatever you do, don't give up" -- "My skin started moving on my bones" -- "I'll be the history" -- Hope at the hideout -- "You are not alone" -- "When the gates swing open, let me in".
Summary Recounts the life and achievements of the lead singer of the Staple Singers, revealing how her family fused diverse musical genres to transcend racism and oppression through song, and discussing her collaborations with fellow artists and her impact on civil rights culture.
Subject Staples, Mavis.
Staple Singers.
Gospel musicians -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 9781451647853 hardback
1451647859 hardback
9781451647860 trade paperback
1451647867 trade paperback
9781451647877 (ebook)
OCLC number 830352121