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

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

by Matt Dobkin
     
 

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The album that earned soul legend Aretha Franklin her first major hits, I Never Loved A Man the Way I Loved You was a pop and soul music milestone. Apart from its status as a hit record, the album also had a much wider cultural impact. By early 1967, when the album was released, the Civil Rights movement was well underway; Aretha's music gave it its theme

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The album that earned soul legend Aretha Franklin her first major hits, I Never Loved A Man the Way I Loved You was a pop and soul music milestone. Apart from its status as a hit record, the album also had a much wider cultural impact. By early 1967, when the album was released, the Civil Rights movement was well underway; Aretha's music gave it its theme song. And the single "Respect" became a passionate call to arms for the burgeoning feminist movement.
Dobkin has unearthed a wonderful story of the creation of an album that goes far beyond anything that's been written about The Queen of Soul before. With scores of fresh interviews--including ones with the session musicians from Muscle Shoals who recorded with Aretha--I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You is the story of a great artistic achievement. It's also a biography of a star who is both more complex and determined than her modern image as a diva indicates.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312318291
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/24/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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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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