I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece

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"I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You," Aretha Franklin's first album for Atlantic Records and famed producer Jerry Wexler, was a pop and soul music milestone that jump-started Franklin's languishing career. Almost overnight, Aretha became a top-selling recording artist and a cultural icon. Matt Dobkin has unearthed fascinating details about the recording session in Muscle Shoals, Alabama: about the volatile behavior of Aretha's manager/husband, Ted White; about Aretha's reaction to the lack of black musicians in the session; and about how

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I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece

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Overview

"I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You," Aretha Franklin's first album for Atlantic Records and famed producer Jerry Wexler, was a pop and soul music milestone that jump-started Franklin's languishing career. Almost overnight, Aretha became a top-selling recording artist and a cultural icon. Matt Dobkin has unearthed fascinating details about the recording session in Muscle Shoals, Alabama: about the volatile behavior of Aretha's manager/husband, Ted White; about Aretha's reaction to the lack of black musicians in the session; and about how tempers and alcohol almost derailed the session with only a track and half in the can.

This book goes far beyond anything that's been written about "The Queen of Soul" or her music before. I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVE YOU is the story of a great achievement and includes scores of fresh interviews, including Wexler, the session men from Muscle Shoals and Aretha's own musicians. It gives insight into a star more complex and determined than her modern diva image would seem to indicate. Aretha, a teenage mother and daughter of a commanding preacher father, rose above her circumstances and transformed them into art. She gave the Civil Rights movement, already well underway in 1967 when the album came out, a passionate call to arms. And with "Respect" she provided the burgeoning feminist movement with an enduring theme song.

The first serious, non-biographical look at Aretha Franklin's work, I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVE YOU will deepen even ardent fans' understanding of one of the great soul artists of our time, a direct descendant of Bessie Smith and Billie Holliday.

"Effusive writing...about her sublime musicianship and the impact of her songs on feminism and the Civil Rights movement...opens an enlightening window on the creative process."

Publishers Weekly

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"An enlightening window on the creative process." —Publishers Weekly

 

“The book effectively explains why her [Aretha’s] release on the great 60’s R&B label was a definitive move for the singer.” —American Songwriter Magazine

“A standout in the current crowd of classic-album histories.” —Booklist

 

"...a fascinating reconstruction...an illuminating narrative that includes short biographies of all the albums major participants." — Muze

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312318291
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,050,496
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Dobkin is the author of Getting Opera. He is the former classical music editor at Time Out New York, and his work has appeared in New York magazine, Bazaar, Out, and a variety of other publications. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Song for Me ix
1 "The Voice of Black America" 1
2 Three White Men 15
3 The Jazz Singer 41
4 From the Church to the Charts 65
5 The New Deal 83
6 Muscle Shoals, Alabama 99
7 "The Incident" 133
8 A Newfound Respect 155
9 "It's Retha" 187
10 Ecstatic 207
Epilogue: Aretha's Vocal Art 219
Selected Discography 227
Acknowledgments 241
Copyright Permissions 245
Index 247
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