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Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

 
 
Author
David Ritz.
Publisher Little, Brown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.6 inches
ISBN 9780316196833
Pages/Publication Date 520/2014
Daedalus Item Code 61656
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(One of Rolling Stone's 10 Best Music Books of 2014) The golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher, Aretha Franklin was a gospel prodigy, as David Ritz tells us in this powerful biography. After giving birth to two sons in her teens, she left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. It was not until 1967 however, when producer Jerry Wexler insisted she return to her gospel-soul roots, that fame and fortune finally came via "Respect" and a rapid-fire string of hits. Ritz—a four-time Gleason Music Book Award and Grammy Award winner who has worked with artists like Ray Charles, B.B. King, Etta James, and Marvin Gaye (with whom he co-wrote the song "Sexual Healing")—takes us along with the Queen of Soul as she becomes one of America's most iconic voices.

"Clearly the book [Ritz has] been preparing to write his whole life. It's stuffed full with revealing interviews.... Knowing the details of Franklin's complicated, sometimes painful life ... helps deepen an appreciation of the pain and passion that fueled her music."?Rolling Stone

 
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