Literary Events

Todd Mayfield

When: Wed., Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. 2017

Curtis Mayfield grew up in Chicago's Cabrini-Green projects, and the hardship he witnessed there informed his music for the rest of his life. With the 60s soul group the Impressions, Mayfield composed some of the most influential music of the nascent Civil Rights movement, such as "People Get Ready and "Keep on Pushing, which became an anthem for Martin Luther King. When Mayfield went solo he continued to write socially-conscious songs about black life, including the major hit "Super Fly," the theme song for the Blaxploitation film of the same name. In 1990 Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down when part of a lighting rig fell on him. Even that couldn't slow down one of soul music's greatest writers, and he continued to record new music until his death in 1999. Mayfield's second-oldest son Todd shares the story of his father's life in his new book Traveling Soul: The Life of Curtis Mayfield. Todd Mayfield discusses and signs copies of Traveling Soul at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the University City Public Library (6701 Delmar Boulevard; Admission is free, and Subterranean Books will have copies for sale at the event.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission