For a slightly younger generation, the Staples Singers evoke memories of avocado colored refrigerators and polyester pants. Not a bad thing, necessarily, but certainly not the reason you should know the name Mavis Staples.
In the new book, "I’ll Take You There," music journalist Greg Kot connects the dots between modern American culture and the great migration as African-Americans moved from the deep south to Chicago.
Mavis Staples is part of the fabric of Chicago, Kot tells Texas Standard's David Brown.
"[She's] a cultural institution. Her family is a cultural institution," he says.