Events & Author Appearances

Jan
17
Traveling Soul
Meet the Author: Todd Mayfield
Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605 (map it)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 6:00pm
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Traveling Soul
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By Todd Mayfield, By Travis Atria
Price 28.99

Cloth

Published Oct 2016

Curtis Mayfield was one of the seminal vocalists and most talented guitarists of his era, and his music played a vital role in the civil rights movement: "People Get Ready" was the black anthem of the time. In Traveling Soul, Todd Mayfield tells his famously private father's story in riveting detail. Born into dire poverty, raised in the slums of Chicago, Curtis became a musical prodigy, not only singing like a dream but growing into a brilliant songwriter. In the 1960s he opened his own label and production company and worked with many other top artists, including the Staple Singers. Curtis's life was famously cut short by an accident that left him paralyzed, but in his declining health he received the long-awaited recognition of the music industry. Passionate, illuminating, vivid, and absorbing, Traveling Soul will doubtlessly take its place among the classics of music biography.