The Life of Aretha Franklin


Author: David Ritz

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316196827

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

View: 7187

The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz. 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. 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 rapidfire 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.

Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul


Author: Mark Bego

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1620871696

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 7226

An authoritative look at the life of a music legend from “the Number One Bestselling Pop Biographer” (Publishers Weekly). A frank examination of Aretha Franklin, Mark Bego’s definitive biography traces her career accomplishments from her beginnings as a twelve-year-old member of a church choir in the early 1950s to recording her first album at the age of fourteen, and signing a major recording contract at eighteen, right up through her headline-grabbing 2010 health scare. Originally positioned to become a gospel star in her father’s Detroit church, Aretha had a privileged urban upbringing—stars such as Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, and Sam Cooke regularly visited her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin. It wasn’t long before she was creating a string of hits, from “Respect” to “Freeway of Love,” and becoming one of the most beloved singers of the twentieth century. This New York Times–bestselling author’s detailed research includes in-person interviews with record producers Jerry Wexler, Clyde Otis, and Clive Davis, Aretha’s first husband, several of her singing star contemporaries, and a rare one-on-one session with Aretha herself. Every album, every accolade, and every heart-breaking personal drama is examined with clarity and neutrality, allowing the vocalist’s colorful story to unfold on its own. With two teenage pregnancies and an abusive first marriage, drinking problems, battles with her weight, the murder of her father, and tabloid wars, Aretha’s life has been a roller coaster. This freshly updated and expanded biography will give readers a clear understanding of what made Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul.”

Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace


Author: Aaron Cohen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441103929

Category: Music

Page: 176

View: 7449

A fascinating and thoroughly researched exploration of the best-selling gospel album of all time.

Who Was Aretha Franklin?


Author: Nico Medina,Who HQ

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0451532406

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 6842

There is only one QUEEN OF SOUL! Discover why Aretha Franklin garners so much R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Aretha Franklin was a musical and cultural icon whose legacy spanned six decades! Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1942, Aretha got her start singing in front of her father's Baptist congregation and found minor success as a gospel singer. She then set her sights on becoming a pop music artist and used her powerful voice and impressive skills on the piano to get a record deal. Aretha released her first of many celebrated albums at the age of 18. In 1987, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making her the first female artist to grace the prestigious list. With iconic hits such as "Respect" and "Think," and countless awards to her name including eighteen Grammys, Aretha Franklin was one of the bestselling artists of all time.

The Fan Who Knew Too Much

Aretha Franklin, the Rise of the Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations


Author: Anthony Heilbut

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: 037540080X

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 5975

An exploration of American culture celebrates subjects ranging from the birth of the soap opera and the obsessiveness of modern fandom to the outing of gay church members and the influence of German exiles.

Higher Ground

Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Soul


Author: Craig Werner

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 9780307420879

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 789

An insightful music writer brilliantly reinterprets the lives of three pop geniuses and the soul revolution they launched. Soul music is one of America's greatest cultural achievements, and Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Curtis Mayfield are three of its most inspired practitioners. In midcentury America it was soul music—particularly the dazzling stream of recordings made by these three stars—that helped bring the gospel vision of the black church into the mainstream, energizing the era’s social movements and defining a new American gospel where the sacred and the secular met. What made this gospel all the more amazing was that its most influential articulators were the sons and daughters of sharecroppers, storefront preachers, and single parents in the projects, whose genius gave voice to a new vision of American possibility. Higher Ground seamlessly weaves the specific and intensely personal narratives of Stevie, Aretha, and Curtis’s lives into the historical fabric of their times. The three shared many similarities: They were all children of the great migration and of the black church. But Werner goes further and ties them together with a provocative thesis about American history and culture that compels us to reconsider both the music and the times. And aside from the personalities and the history, he writes beautifully about music itself, the nuts and bolts of its creation and performance, in a way that brings a new awareness and understanding to the most familiar music, forcing you to listen to songs you've heard a thousand times with fresh ears. In Higher Ground, Werner illuminates the lives of three unparalleled American artists, reminding us why their music mattered then and still resonates with us today.

Singing in a Strange Land

C. L. Franklin, the Black Church, and the Transformation of America


Author: Nick Salvatore

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780316030779

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 4954

A prizewinning historian pens this biography of C.L. Franklin, the greatest African-American preacher of his generation, father of Aretha, and civil rights pioneer.

You're the Voice Aretha Franklin (piano/vocal/guitar): (piano,Vocal,Guitar) (You're the Voice S.)


Author: Aretha Franklin,Faber Music, Limited

Publisher: You're the Voice

ISBN: 9780571527335

Category: Popular music

Page: 56

View: 7760

Part of the You're The Voice series, this book features arrangements of classic Aretha Franklin songs for piano, voice and guitar and a short artist biography. It also contains a CD that features full backing tracks for each song, arranged and recorded to recreate the sounds of the original recording.

Aretha Franklin


Author: Jillian Carroll

Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree Library

ISBN: 9780739870297

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 2707

Discusses the life and career of gospel and soul singer Aretha Franklin.

Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul


Author: Mark Ribowsky

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0871408740

Category: Music

Page: 336

View: 5316

“Evokes the fire of Redding. . . . Ribowsky tells the story with nonstop energy, while always probing for the larger social and musical pictures.” —New York Times Book Review When he died in one of rock's string of tragic plane crashes, Otis Redding was only twenty-six, yet already the avatar of a new kind of soul music. The beating heart of Memphis-based Stax Records, he had risen to fame belting out gospel-flecked blues in stage performances that seemed to ignite not only a room but an entire generation. If Berry Gordy's black-owned kingdom in Motown showed the way in soul music, Redding made his own way, going where not even his two role models who had preceded him out of Macon, Georgia—Little Richard and James Brown—had gone. Now, in this transformative work, New York Times Notable Book author Mark Ribowsky contextualizes his subject's short career within the larger cultural and social movements of the era, tracing the crooner's rise from preacher's son to a preacher of three-minute soul sermons. And what a quick rise it was. At the tender age of twenty-one, Redding needed only a single unscheduled performance to earn a record deal, his voice so "utterly unique" (Atlantic) that it catapulted him on a path to stardom and turned a Memphis theater-turned-studio into a music mecca. Soon he was playing at sold-out venues across the world, from Finsbury Park in London to his ultimate conquest, the 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival in California, where he finally won over the flower-power crowd. Still, Redding was not always the affable, big-hearted man's man the PR material painted him to be. Based on numerous new interviews and prodigious research, Dreams to Remember reintroduces an incredibly talented yet impulsive man, one who once even risked his career by shooting a man in the leg. But that temperament masked a deep vulnerability that was only exacerbated by an industry that refused him a Grammy until he was in his grave—even as he shaped the other Stax soul men around him, like Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, and Booker T. and The MG's. As a result, this requiem is one of great conquest but also grand tragedy: a soul king of truth, a mortal man with an immortal voice and a pain in his heart. Now he, and the forces that shaped his incomparable sound, are reclaimed, giving us a panoramic of an American original who would come to define an entire era, yet only wanted what all men deserve—a modicum of respect and a place to watch the ships roll in and away again.

Aretha Franklin



Author: Heather Lehr Wagner

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438134193

Category: African American singers

Page: 105

View: 4217

Profiles the life and career of the "queen of soul," Aretha Franklin.

The Life of Aretha Franklin

Queen of Soul


Author: Silvia Anne Sheafer

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 0766062295

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 5341

Author Silvia Anne Sheafer relates the entertaining life and career of this legend of soul music, from her childhood in Detroit, through her struggles with personal heartache and racial prejudice, to her continued success as a major force in the music industry. Crowned the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin has won fifteen Grammy Awards, and has also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Aretha Franklin


Author: James T. Olsen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780871913906


Page: 27

View: 1321

A brief biography emphasizing the career of Aretha Franklin.

When I Left Home

My Story


Author: Buddy Guy

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0306821079

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 3200

According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy is the greatest blues guitarist of all time. An enormous influence on these musicians as well as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, he is the living embodiment of Chicago blues. Guy's epic story stands at the absolute nexus of modern blues. He came to Chicago from rural Louisiana in the fifties—the very moment when urban blues were electrifying our culture. He was a regular session player at Chess Records. Willie Dixon was his mentor. He was a sideman in the bands of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. He and Junior Wells formed a band of their own. In the sixties, he became a recording star in his own right. When I Left Home tells Guy's picaresque story in his own unique voice, that of a storyteller who remembers everything, including blues masters in their prime and the exploding, evolving culture of music that happened all around him.


The Life and Times of Aretha Franklin


Author: Jennifer Warner

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 162917386X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 70

View: 7765

Aretha Franklin has recorded 39 studio albums, had 20 number-one R&B singles, 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins. It’s a career that’s legendary. Franklin was not a groundbreaker. She just did what she does better and longer than anyone else. She recorded her first major label album when Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House and then sang at the inauguration of Barack Obama. This book looks at the incredible life of Franklin. While the contents of this book have been researched, this book is unauthorized.

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece


Author: Matt Dobkin

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466862785

Category: Music

Page: 272

View: 8435

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. But the album almost didn't happen. 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: Wexler, the session men from Muscle Shoals, Aretha's own musicians, and others. 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 under way in 1967 when the album came out, a passionate call to arms. And with "Respect"--along with the title track, one of the album's first two singles--she provided the burgeoning feminist movement with an enduring theme song. The first serious, nonbiographical 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.

Aretha Franklin


Author: Ursula Rivera

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9780823936397

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 6748

Explores the life of the artist who has won more Grammy Awards than any other female singer and who, along with her success in soul and gospel music, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.