- Tapa dura: 560 páginas
- Editor: Little, Brown US (27 de noviembre de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0316196835
- ISBN-13: 978-0316196833
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº984.921 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin (Inglés) Tapa dura – 27 nov 2014
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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)
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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.Ver Descripción del producto
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But some of my issues with the book are that important aspects of Aretha's life aren't given the attention they should. For example, her sister Carolyn was a lesbian but Ritz doesn't even mention how the family or Aretha reacted to it. I think that seemed interesting to be a gay woman during that time in the 70's but Ritz only mentions it in passing. Also her father was murdered during a botched burglary. But Ritz doesn't mention what happened to the people who did it. He doesn't write how much jail time they got, or if there was a trial. That should have gotten at least a couple of pages.
Whenever I see or read Aretha in interviews she only gives nice pat answers and never says much of interest. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Aretha and especially those who were disappointed by her terrible autobiography
David Ritz has done her a major solid by finally making SENSE of who she is and why she is the way she clearly is. That is the function of a great biographer; to make a reader empathize with the subject, even one we may have had previous unfavorable impressions of. That was brilliantly done here. Now my heart in fact goes out to Aretha Franklin, and understanding the nature of her idiosyncrasies really helps one be able to see past them to take in the full breadth of who she is and what she represents. As an added plus, this was the first book I've read entirely on a Kindle fire, and having Aretha's "Queen of Soul" box set playing on my headphones while reading it was a beautifully immersive experience. I can't wait to experience more music biographies this way.
I understand that Miss Franklin has released statements to the press calling this book a pack of defamatory lies, threatening legal action, etc. I hope she abandons that defensive posture and actually reads this book, and faces what truth lies within. (I acknowledge that there are probably some inaccuracies and one-sided stories, but the majority seems to ring true.) She clearly has issues with denial imperious coldness. Perhaps reading the truth will set her free.
A very enjoyable read. And R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Aretha Franklin.
It's clear the author loves the music and that's for me the most important thing. I don't like how he dismisses her later Atlantic material (there were some v. good things among the experiments) but he's spot on about Arista and most of her other recent recordings.
I would have given it 5 stars if the author had kept himself out of the story. For the introduction and the Epilogue, he's free to inject but I feel it would have been a better book if he had told the story and injected himself as the source of some of this with footnotes.
It's a big book but a fast and fun read and I defy you not to rush to You Tube to catch her performances as you read.