Pop Quiz: Mavis Staples

Aidin Vaziri | Mavis Staples, who got her start in the family gospel group the Staple Singers, continues her impressive comeback streak with her forthcoming album, “You Are Not Alone.” Produced and co-written by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, the set does a fine job extending the legacy of the woman who sang on the 1972 soul classic “I’ll Take You There,” marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., almost married Bob Dylan and worked on previous solo albums with Prince and Ry Cooder.


Mavis Staples
Q: I read the reviews from Lollapalooza and it sounds like people liked you better than Lady Gaga.
A: That was really surprising. It was so amazing to look out there and see all those young faces smiling. I was looking forward to seeing Lady Gaga myself. I was so grateful.
Q: And you didn’t even have to go through 20 costume changes.
A: I don’t have 20 altogether. That’s the thing. You take the Lord along with you and that one outfit will do. But Gaga is still my girlfriend. She can sing.
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