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Respect By David Ritz

by David Ritz

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

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz

Aretha Franklin begain life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who have birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detriot 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.

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Respect Reviews

A remarkably complex portrait of Aretha Franklin's music and her tumultuous life. * Rolling Stone *
An honest and genuinely respectful portrait of a true diva by a writer who feels the power of her art. * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) *
Only someone who had the complete confidence and trust of Aretha's family and the elite of the Gospel and Rhythm and Blues communities could have gotten this story. An intimate and thorough account of this phenomenal woman's talent and life as only David Ritz could capture. * Tommy LiPuma, Grammy-winning producer *

About David Ritz

David Ritz is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award and won the 2013 ASCAP Timothy White award for outstanding musical biography for his book with Buddy Guy. He also co-wrote with Marvin Gaye, the song 'Sexual Healing' and lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

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Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz
David Ritz
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Little, Brown & Company
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