Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin.

Ritz, David.

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He has written a ‘…remarkably complex portrait of Aretha Franklin’s music and her tumultuous life.’ It was one of Rolling Stone’s

best music books of the year when it was published in 2014. She became known as the Queen of Soul, and other famous singers, such as Luciano Pavarotti have sung with her. She was the daughter of a promiscuous Baptist preacher, and left the sons she had in her teens in her native Detroit to find fame and fortune in New York…which she did.


SKU: 9780316196819


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 have birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detriot 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 rapid-fire 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.

Book Details

Author Ritz, David.
Format PB
Publisher Little, Brown & Company
Imprint Back Bay Books
Number of Pages 528
Publish Date 10/11/2015
Catalogue Mar19
Catalogue book number 236