Greg Kot

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4:38 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

New Mavis Staples Bio Gives Unprecedented Insight Into The Singer And Her Family

Mavis Staples performing at the Chicago Blues Fest in 2012.
Credit Adam Bielawski / via Wikimedia Commons

Despite a musical career that has spanned decades and provided inspiration for the civil rights movement, until recently the only information available about the Staple Singers was from interviews, articles and songs.

A new biography by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot changes all that by providing the back story of the musical family in book form for the first time. With a nod to two hit songs, the book is titled “I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway.”

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