Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul

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WW Norton
A frank examination of Aretha Franklin, Mark Bego’s definitivebiography traces her career accomplishments from her beginningsas a twelve-year-old member of a church choir in the early1950s, to recording her first album at the age of fourteen and signinga major recording contract at eighteen, right up through herheadline-grabbing 2010 health scare.Originally positioned to become a gospel star in her father’s Detroitchurch, Aretha had a privileged urban upbringing—stars suchas Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, and Sam Cooke regularlyvisited her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin. It wasn’t long before she wascreating a string of hits, from “Respect” to “Freeway of Love,” andbecoming one of the most beloved singers of the twentieth century.

This New York Times bestselling author’s detailed research includesin-person interviews with record producers Jerry Wexler, ClydeOtis, and Clive Davis, Aretha’s first husband, several of her singingstar contemporaries, and a rare one-on-one session with Arethaherself. Every album, every accolade, and every heart-breakingpersonal drama is examined with clarity and neutrality, allowingFranklin’s colorful story to unfold on its own. With two teenagepregnancies and an abusive first marriage, drinking problems, battleswith her weight, the murder of her father, and tabloid wars,Aretha’s life has been a roller coaster. This freshly updated and expandedbiography will give readers a clear understanding of whatmade Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul.”



Baker & Taylor
Traces the life of Aretha Franklin from deserted child to teenage mother to Grammy winner to inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Reprint.

Perseus Publishing
A frank examination of Aretha Franklin, Mark Bego’s definitive biography traces her career accomplishments from her beginnings as a twelve-year-old member of a church choir in the early 1950s, to recording her first album at the age of fourteen and signing a major recording contract at eighteen, right up through her headline-grabbing 2010 health scare. Originally positioned to become a gospel star in her father’s Detroit church, Aretha had a privileged urban upbringing?stars such as Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, and Sam Cooke regularly visited her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin. It wasn’t long before she was creating a string of hits, from ?Respect” to ?Freeway of Love,” and becoming one of the most beloved singers of the twentieth century.

This New York Times bestselling author’s detailed research includes in-person interviews with record producers Jerry Wexler, Clyde Otis, and Clive Davis, Aretha’s first husband, several of her singing star contemporaries, and a rare one-on-one session with Aretha herself. Every album, every accolade, and every heart-breaking personal drama is examined with clarity and neutrality, allowing Franklin’s colorful story to unfold on its own. With two teenage pregnancies and an abusive first marriage, drinking problems, battles with her weight, the murder of her father, and tabloid wars, Aretha’s life has been a roller coaster. This freshly updated and expanded biography will give readers a clear understanding of what made Aretha Franklin the ?Queen of Soul.”



Norton Pub
A frank examination of Aretha Franklin, Mark Bego’s definitive biography traces her career accomplishments from her beginnings as a twelve-year-old member of a church choir in the early 1950s, to recording her first album at the age of fourteen and signing a major recording contract at eighteen, right up through her headline-grabbing 2010 health scare. Originally positioned to become a gospel star in her father’s Detroit church, Aretha had a privileged urban upbringing—stars such as Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, and Sam Cooke regularly visited her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin. It wasn’t long before she was creating a string of hits, from “Respect” to “Freeway of Love,” and becoming one of the most beloved singers of the twentieth century. 

This New York Times bestselling author’s detailed research includes in-person interviews with record producers Jerry Wexler, Clyde Otis, and Clive Davis, Aretha’s first husband, several of her singing star contemporaries, and a rare one-on-one session with Aretha herself. Every album, every accolade, and every heart-breaking personal drama is examined with clarity and neutrality, allowing Franklin’s colorful story to unfold on its own. With two teenage pregnancies and an abusive first marriage, drinking problems, battles with her weight, the murder of her father, and tabloid wars, Aretha’s life has been a roller coaster. This freshly updated and expanded biography will give readers a clear understanding of what made Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul.”



A frank examination of Aretha Franklin, Mark Bego’s definitive biography traces her career accomplishments from her beginnings as a twelve-year-old member of a church choir in the early 1950s, to recording her first album at the age of fourteen and signing a major recording contract at eighteen, right up through her headline-grabbing 2010 health scare. Originally positioned to become a gospel star in her father’s Detroit church, Aretha had a privileged urban upbringing—stars such as Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, and Sam Cooke regularly visited her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin. It wasn’t long before she was creating a string of hits, from “Respect” to “Freeway of Love,” and becoming one of the most beloved singers of the twentieth century.

This New York Times bestselling author’s detailed research includes in-person interviews with record producers Jerry Wexler, Clyde Otis, and Clive Davis, Aretha’s first husband, several of her singing star contemporaries, and a rare one-on-one session with Aretha herself. Every album, every accolade, and every heart-breaking personal drama is examined with clarity and neutrality, allowing Franklin’s colorful story to unfold on its own. With two teenage pregnancies and an abusive first marriage, drinking problems, battles with her weight, the murder of her father, and tabloid wars, Aretha’s life has been a roller coaster. This freshly updated and expanded biography will give readers a clear understanding of what made Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul.”



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Traces the life of Aretha Franklin, from deserted child and teenage mother to Grammy winner and inductee in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc 2012
ISBN: 9781616085810
1616085819
Branch Call Number: B FRANKLIN ARETHA
Characteristics: 428 p.

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