Aretha Franklin's soulful voice has earned her fifteen Grammies and the honor of being the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. An uncompromising survivor, Aretha has stirred millions with her classic hits, including, "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" and "Respect." But she has also faced daunting personal challenges: her mother's desertion; teenage pregnancy; several unhappy marriages; and a tragic shooting that led to the death of her father. With unique access to key figures in Aretha's past, and a new chapter revealing the most recent events both personal and professional in the life of the diva, this is the definitive biography of the woman who captivated the music world of the early fifties and became a star.
Forever a Queen
By derrick Bogan - September 4, 2002
After reading Ms. Frankin's lackluster autobiography, it was almost refreshing to read an unbiased account of the legendary life and career of this soul matriarch. This book is very detailed in tracking the career of Ms. Franklin and tells of the accolades as well as the lowpoints in her career. I found most comical the section in relation to Aretha's infamous fashion sense, but ultimately appauled by that tasteless photo of her in a one peice bathing suit with fishnet stockings showing her backside in concert. How disgusting was that! I, too, hailed the Queen after her riveting performance of "Nessum Dorma" on the 1998 Grammys and I continue to follow her career in hopes that her legacy continues to be upheld with the upmost respect. I hope that in twenty years, the author can add another update of amazing accomplishments to this edition. Good read.
By A Customer - July 7, 2001
This book is a great disappointment! Bego's sequel to The Queen of Soul happens to be nothing more than what he clips from past articles! If you value your money, don't buy this book. Because all you will read is his first book on her and just old articles about her.
Poorly written bio. . .
By Danniray99 "Danniray" - November 10, 2006
Mark Bego's bio of the Queen of Soul is largely a rehash of other articles, reviews, etc. previously published about Aretha Franklin, although he does uncover a few behind-the-scenes tidbits here and there. Mr. Bego is obviously a big fan of Ms. Franklin and he wears several hats throughout the book: fashion critic, music and concert reviewer, and general arbiter of style and personal taste. Indeed, Bego is not afraid to criticize the Queen for her often disastrous and horribly embarrassing forays into fashion--in one photograph, the Queen of Soul is dressed in a one-piece bathing suit and glittery fishnet stockings, showing off her hefty backside to the audience--this is a photo that will at once make you cringe and laugh! (I also remember a TV clip of her in a black tutu, white tights and ballet slippers while covering Vanessa Williams' hit "Save the Best for Last" ). Mr. Bego's writing, however, is often silly, slipshod and redundant--just barely competent enough to hold one's... read more
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