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An in-depth, almost too detailed examination of Aretha, this biography traces her career from her beginnings as a 12-year-old member of a church choir in the early
1950s, recording her first album at the age of 14, a major recording contract at 18, and stardom in her 20s, right up through her headline-grabbing 2010
health scare, to her triumphant return: singing to her cheering Detroit hometown fans in summer 2011. This author's research includes interviews with the most important people in Aretha's life, including record producers Jerry Wexler, Clyde Otis, and Clive Davis; her first husband; several of Franklin's singing star contemporaries; and a rare one-on-one session with Aretha herself. This book takes her through two teenage pregnancies and an abusive first marriage, to drinking problems, battles with her weight, the murder of her father, and tabloid wars. The problem with a book like this for me is that I get bored with reading every detail of each album (14 in her case) most of the concerts, including each song, who she sang it with if it was a duet, etc.That said, it was an extremely interesting journey. I may have to review some of those albums mentioned here.
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If you could sum up Aretha Franklin in three words, what would they be?
Hungry, Naive and Wonderful
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I find with biographies about artists that there is too much written about the actual music industry itself and too little about the artist ..
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I found the book very moving and I believe Ms Franklin's life has not been an easy one.