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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mavis Staples ... Herself
Jeff Tweedy ... Himself
Adam Ayres Adam Ayres ... Himself - Mavis Staples' Tour Manager (as Adam 'Speedy' Ayres)
Donny Gerrard Donny Gerrard ... Himself
Stephen Hodges Stephen Hodges ... Himself - Mavis Staples' Drummer
Rick Holmstrom Rick Holmstrom ... Himself - Mavis Staples' Guitarist
Yvonne Staples ... Herself - Mavis Staples' Sister
Greg Kot 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 Anthony Heilbut ... Himself
Bonnie Raitt ... Herself
Chuck D ... Himself
Gene Barge ... Himself
Bob Dylan ... Himself
Marty Stuart ... Himself
Vicki Randle 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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19 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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Holy Ghost (Instrumental)
Written by Alan Sparhawk
Performed by 'Mavis Staples
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Making a legend out of a legend.
2 April 2016 | by subxerogravitySee 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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