Don't Lose This CD
Don't Lose This is the anticipated posthumous recording by the influential singer-guitarist and social activist Pops Staples. The record, originally recorded and produced by Pops and daughter Mavis Staples in 1999, boasts new production as well as bass and guitar by Jeff Tweedy, and drums by Spencer Tweedy. The album takes its title from the instruction Pops gave to Mavis… “ It was meant to be our last work, but my sisters and I decided to let Pops sing, to let him have this one. ... One day, Pops told me, ‘Mavis, bring that record up here, I want to hear it.’ I brought it up to the bedroom and he listened. When it was over, Pops told me, ‘Mavis, don’t lose this here.’ I said, ‘OK, Pops, I won’t lose it.’ And he just smiled. It was a moment I’ll never forget. He had this glow after listening to it; he loved it. So I kept it. I always said I was going to get it out there because Pops told me not to lose it. When he said, ‘Don’t lose this,’ that meant: ‘Let it be heard.’"