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Mavis Staples on Getting Back on Top at 71

From: Blank on Blank
Series: Blank on Blank
Length: 06:09

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Soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples has been singing since the 1960s. Now as her career enters its sixth decade, she has just won her first Grammy for her collaboration with Jeff Tweedy of the band Wilco. Mavis opens up about the return to the top at age 71: "It’s not a comeback. I just wasn’t getting the attention. I just chalk it up to 'Mavis: you’ve been living right. You’ve been doing everything right.' And the lord is just blessing me."

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Interviewer: James Sullivan

The Scene: On the phone, October 2010

The Source: Scrubbed rough digital recording

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Interviewer: James Sullivan

The Scene: On the phone, October 2010

The Source: Scrubbed rough digital recording

Transcript

David Gerlach: This is Blank on Blank. I’m David Gerlach and thank you for joining us as we partner with journalists and interviewers, writers and authors to build this archive of American interviews. Today we get proof it’s never too late to find yourself back on top. Blank on Blank contributor James Sullivan interviewed the one and only Mavis Staples. Now she’s been singing gospel and soul since the 1960s. Remember the Staples Singers?

Song: The Staples Singers “I’ll Take You There”

David Gerlach. Well five decades later at age 71 her career is reborn. Capped off with Mavis winning a Grammy for her collaboration with the country-rock music maestro Jeff Tweedy of the band Wilco. James Sullivan takes us inside his interview

James Sullivan: One of the things that I was working on at the time was the idea that there are so many senior artists in pop and rock music these days that have s...
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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
I'll Take You There The Staples Singers The Best Of The Staple Singers. Fantasy :00
You Are Not Alone Mavis Staples You Are Not Alone. Anti :00
Freedom Highway The Staples Singers Freedom Highway. Sbme Special Mkts. :00

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http://blankonblank.org/2011/02/mavis-staples-on-getting-back-on-top-at-71/