Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

by David Ritz


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Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz

"A remarkably complex portrait of Aretha Franklin's music and her tumultuous life." --Rolling Stone

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. After 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.

Aretha's hold on her crown is tenacious, and in RESPECT David Ritz gives us the decisive and definitive study of one of the greatest American talents of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316196819
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 23,983
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

David Ritz is a Grammy Award winner and the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award. He won the 2013 ASCAP Timothy White Award for outstanding musical biography for When I Left Home, written with Buddy Guy. He has collaborated with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Etta James, and Smokey Robinson. Ritz lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

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Craig Werner

Like the great gospel choirs, Respect brings together a community of powerful voices in a tribute to the powers of music, the spirit, and, above all, Lady Soul. Crowning his life's work, David Ritz has achieved the near-impossible, taking us behind the many masks that Aretha has worn through one of the most complex musical lives of the 20th and 21st centuries. Everyone who loves gospel and soul has experienced moments when the only response is one of profound gratitude. When I finished Respect, that's what I felt. A towering achievement. --Craig Werner, author of Higher Ground: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and the Rise & Fall of American Soul

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I thinkbthe abive reviee works for tge queen of soul excellent book
saturn07 More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money. most of the people that the information was obtained from are deceased. they is no way to verify anything. I think this is a last shot resort for this failing author!