The Life of Aretha FranklinBook - 2014
The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz.
Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. It was not until 1967, when a white Jewish producer insisted she return to her gospel-soul roots, that fame and fortune finally came via "Respect" and a rapidfire string of hits. She has evolved ever since, amidst personal tragedy, surprise Grammy performances, and career reinventions.
Again and again, Aretha stubbornly finds a way to triumph over troubles, even as they continue to build. Her hold on the crown is tenacious, and in RESPECT, David Ritz gives us the definitive life of one of the greatest talents in all American culture.
Baker & Taylor
"Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where shestruggled to find her true voice. She found fame, fortune, and that remarkable voice in 1967 with "Respect" and a rapid-fire string of hits. Aretha turned the industry on its head by refueling pop with heavy soul. The Queen of Soul had survived, and arrived."--Dust jacket.
A complete look at the Queen of Soul chronicles both her troubles and her triumphs over them, from her youth in Detroit as a gospel prodigy to her rise as one of America's greatest musical talents.
An acclaimed music writer offers a complete look at the Queen of Soul, chronicling both her troubles and her triumphs over them. 100,000 first printing.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
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Other: Due to some of the descriptions of the sexual relationships in this book, I personally advise that any child under the age of 16 be supervised while reading this book.
Sexual Content: Mild references to sexual content, but the relationships described are disturbing.
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