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Mavis! (2015)

Her family group, the Staple Singers, inspired millions and helped propel the civil rights movement with their music. After 60 years of performing, legendary singer Mavis Staples' message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

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Adam Ayres ... Himself, Mavis Staples' tour manager (as Adam 'Speedy' Ayres)
Donny Gerrard ... Himself
Stephen Hodges ... Himself, Mavis Staples' drummer
Rick Holmstrom ... Himself, Mavis Staples' guitarist
... Herself, Mavis Staples' sister
Greg Kot ... Himself, author of 'I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the Music That Shaped the Civil Rights Era'
Anthony Heilbut ... Himself
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... Himself
... Himself
... Himself
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Vicki Randle ... Herself, Mavis Staples' background singer
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Her family group, the Staple Singers, inspired millions and helped propel the civil rights movement with their music. After 60 years of performing, legendary singer Mavis Staples' message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

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Get Ourselves Together
Written by Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney Bramlett & Carl Radle
Performed by The Staple Singers
Universal Music Publishing Group
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Making a legend out of a legend.
2 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

A great documentary that introduced me to some great music.

The history of the Staples family and their course though rock and roll is made rich and iconic by the filmmakers. I say this from the perspective of a man who only knows the family by only one of their hits (I'll take you there).

The doc is called Mavis because even though it tells the story of the entire Staples family, a gospel group who put down a foundation for Rock n Roll the story is mostly told and focus on Mavis Staples, the only living member of the group who still actively performs and records.

Mavis's story is about a young child from a family of talented people who just seems born to performs on stage and refuses to stop, proving your only as young as you feel.

It was a fascinating look back at a pioneer in music and it opened my eyes to some new music that I need to track down. A great promotion.


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