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Aretha Franklin : the queen of soul /

by Bego, Mark.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, N.Y. : Skyhorse Pub., 2012Edition: 2012 ed.Description: xvii, 428 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781616085810 :; 1616085819.Title notes: $16.95 prolam 7-2012 (db)Subject(s): Franklin, Aretha | Soul musicians -- Biography
Contents:
All hail the Queen! -- Detroit, 1989 -- The Queen of Soul -- The gospel years -- Aretha sings the blues -- Aretha arrives -- Young, gifted, and Black -- Trouble in mind -- Aretha jumps to it -- The freeway back to the top -- The spirit of Detroit -- Denouement, 1989 -- A rose is still a rose : the 1990s and beyond -- So damn happy -- How does Aretha keep the music playing?
Summary: Traces the life of Aretha Franklin from deserted child to teenage mother to Grammy winner to inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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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 Franklin'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."

$16.95 prolam 7-2012 (db)

Includes index and discography.

All hail the Queen! -- Detroit, 1989 -- The Queen of Soul -- The gospel years -- Aretha sings the blues -- Aretha arrives -- Young, gifted, and Black -- Trouble in mind -- Aretha jumps to it -- The freeway back to the top -- The spirit of Detroit -- Denouement, 1989 -- A rose is still a rose : the 1990s and beyond -- So damn happy -- How does Aretha keep the music playing?

Traces the life of Aretha Franklin from deserted child to teenage mother to Grammy winner to inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Library Journal Review

Bego's detail-laden effort could well stand as the definitive reading of the Queen of Soul's life and career, barring an objective account by Her Majesty herself. But while certainly interesting, Aretha's life does not lend itself to the in-print excitement that, say, a Jerry Lee Lewis or a Keith Moon might inspire. Indeed, so much of Franklin's life is shrouded by a veil of privacy that it was a real challenge for Bego to unearth as much as he did. Although he obviously reveres his subject, he nevertheless displays a good reporter's fearlessness in revealing less-than-complimentary aspects of Franklin's life. He occasionally gets bogged down with minutiae (especially when writing about recording sessions), but his overall performance is good. Recommended for popular music collections.-- David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib., Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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