Respect by David Ritz audiobook

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin

By David Ritz
Read by Brad Raymond

Little, Brown & Company 9780316196833
17.32 Hours 1
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This "comprehensive and illuminating" biography of the Queen of Soul (USA Today) was hailed by Rolling Stone as "a remarkably complex portrait of Aretha Franklin's music and her tumultuous life."  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 continued to evolve for decades, amidst personal tragedy, surprise Grammy performances, and career reinventions. Again and again, Aretha stubbornly found a way to triumph over troubles, even as they continued to build. Her hold on the crown was 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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An Oprah Pick of Ten Titles to Pick Up Now, December 2014

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

This "comprehensive and illuminating" biography of the Queen of Soul (USA Today) was hailed by Rolling Stone as "a remarkably complex portrait of Aretha Franklin's music and her tumultuous life." 

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 continued to evolve for decades, amidst personal tragedy, surprise Grammy performances, and career reinventions.

Again and again, Aretha stubbornly found a way to triumph over troubles, even as they continued to build. Her hold on the crown was tenacious, and in Respect, David Ritz gives us the definitive life of one of the greatest talents in all American culture.
 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"The monumental biography we've been waiting for of Lady Soul, our greatest soul singer, from the also very great David Ritz, confidante to an entire generation of soul stars -- Ray, Smokey, B.B., Etta, Marvin, etcetera. He is The Man. This is The Book."—Joel Selvin, author of Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of R
A bumpy and delicious ride.... Read Respect with a YouTube-playing device near at hand to experience Aretha in a hundred shades of glorious. Claude Peck, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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
"An honest and genuinely respectful portrait of a true diva by a writer who feels the power of her art."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Ritz's intimate and elegant voice steps from behind the veil of the ghostwriter to tell a tale of genius, dysfunction and blind ambition, describing a world of triumph and tragedy of near mythic proportions. A great read and a really heroic work of biography -- honest, loving, no holds barred."—Ben Sidran, author of There Was a Fire
This far surpasses David Ritz's landmark study of Marvin Gaye. People will be reading Respect generations from now to understand our musical culture. Ritz deserves a lifetime achievement award for "Most Soul Full Account of America's Music. Charles Keil, ethnomusicologist, author of Urban Blues
"Respect judiciously captures the conflicted life of the legendary Queen of Soul.” Elle
“A candid, far less sanitized look at the enormously gifted but demanding diva.” People
“‘Ain’t no harm to moan,’ belted out fifteen-year-old Aretha Franklin to an adoring crowd. What few know is that, at the time, she was pregnant with her second child. What else don’t you know? Find out in this revealing biography.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“It’s a comprehensive, illuminating, and unfailingly solicitous account of a life that, whatever its tribulations, conflicts, and complications, has always somehow been redeemed by Franklin’s musical calling….[Ritz has] an exceptional capacity to listen with care and sympathy to what people tell him and then render their words vividly and compassionately.” USA Today
"[Ritz’s] research—based on interviews with Franklin’s siblings and departed legends from Ahmet Ertegun to Vandross—is solid, and he vividly expresses what made her voice and albums so monumental in the sixties.” Rolling Stone
"Respect will stand as one of Ritz’s greatest and most unusual achievements: a rich, definitive portrait set in motion by a bit of unfinished business.” New York Times
"Respect is a major biography and unauthorized in the extreme. Ritz has done well to recount the life as a whole.” Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review
“The most comprehensive and accurate account of Franklin yet published.” Maclean’s (Toronto)
“An honest and genuinely respectful portrait of a true diva by a writer who feels the power of her art.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Narrator Brad Raymond does a great job of portraying the relatives and friends in her life who helped her succeed. Raymond’s cadence and inflections change as he switches from Cecil, her brother, to Carolyn and Erma, her sisters, as well as Ruth Bowen, her first manager. Aretha was a child prodigy…Raymond also captures her father, a strong, vibrant man who demanded much of Aretha. As narrator, Raymond takes the listener through every stage of Aretha’s triumphs and tragedies. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: David Ritz

Author Bio: David Ritz

David Ritz is the author and coauthor of many acclaimed autobiographies of entertainers, including Ray Charles, Etta James, Scott Weiland, Grandmaster Flash, and more. Five of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, and he has won the Gleason Award for Best Music Book of the Year four times.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 17.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English