Library and Archives Author Series with Greg Kot

Saturday, May 3: 1 p.m.

WHERE:   Library Reading Room, Rock Hall’s Library and Archives (2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland)

TO RSVP:    This event is FREE with a reservation through the Rock Hall website at or at the Rock Hall Box Office.  Seating is limited.  Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10amEST on Monday, April 20.  Non-Rock Hall members can RSVP starting at 10amEST on Tuesday, April 21.  


In this definitive, authorized biography of Mavis Staples, acclaimed music journalist and author Greg Kot has not only written an engrossing history of Mavis Staples and her fascinating life, but an incredibly rich tale of her multi-faceted role in the music, culture, and race relations which are at the roots of contemporary America.

Kot’s book is surprising—including revelations like Bob Dylan’s marriage proposal to Mavis Staples—and, at the same time, informs, proving an intimate, revealing, and honest portrait of Mavis and her interactions with major cultural icons like Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and many, many more. The Staples family and their gospel-infused music were also a direct source of inspiration to Martin Luther King, Jr., and they appeared beside him at rallies in churches and auditoriums, essentially serving as his opening act.


Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990. Kot is cohost of the nationally syndicated public-radio program Sound Opinions and the author of several books, including Wilco: Learning How to Die and Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music. He lives in Chicago. 


The Library and Archives is at 2809 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The facility is at the corner of Woodland Avenue and East 30th Street, in a shared building with the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). This is approximately two miles southeast of the Museum. Metered parking spaces are available on the street in front of the building or around the block. From there, walk in the building’s main entrance, enter the lobby, and the entrance to the Library and Archives will be immediately on the right. There is also a Visitor Parking area in Lots 5 and 6 of the parking garage. From the garage, enter the building's back entrance, take the elevator on the left to the first floor, enter the lobby, and look for the entrance to the Library and Archives on the left. For a map of the Tri-C Metro Campus, visit

The Rock Hall’s Author Series brings journalists, critics and scholars to the Library and Archives for free readings and discussion sessions. Authors of both new books and classic texts are invited on a regular basis.

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