Mavis Staples' HBO documentary: See a clip
The doc premieres on HBO Feb. 29.
Mavis Staples, the legendary R&B and gospel singer from Chicago who made a name for herself singing in her family band The Staples Singers back in 1957, is getting well-deserved HBO treatment. A new documentary Mavis! premieres Feb. 29 on the network and EW is excited to premiere a clip from the doc below.
Featuring interviews with collaborates, contemporaries, and friends like Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Prince, Jeff Tweedy, and more, the feature sorts through hours of archival footage and old performances, to take viewers through the birth of freedom songs from the Civil Rights movement to “I’ll Take You There” in the ’70s to collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Tweedy.
The promo clip premiering below includes Raitt and Dylan praising the 75-year-old star and civil rights activist, as well as the singer’s affecting statement, upon reflecting on her 60 years on the road. “I’ll stop singing when I have nothing left to say,” she says, “and that ain’t gonna happen.” Check it out below.