Aretha: From These Roots

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Aretha Franklin's immense and unique alent has made her one of America's most popular singers for more than three decades.  She is the winner of seventeen Grammy Awards, more than any other female performer; she has recorded twenty-one number-one R&B hits, and eight top-ten pop hits; she was the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and she was the recipient of the Grammy Legend Award in 1991, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1994, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

Now, Aretha reaches into her heart to reveal how she achieved the power to touch us all.  Aretha: From These Roots tells the story of her music-filled childhood in Detroit, at home and at the Mew Bethel Baptist Church, presided over by her father, the world-renowned Reverend C.L. Franklin; her early days of struggle as a singer; and her unprecedented, meteoric breakthrough success.  Aretha also offers special insights into the joys of motherhood, the challeneges of romance, and the faith, hard work, and inspiration that have taken her to the top of the charts and kept her there, at the pinnacle of American music.

Written in collaboration with award-winning author David Ritz, Aretha: From These Roots is an inspiring, heartbreaking, and altogether unforgettable memoir that is sure to be the most talked-about story of the year, and for years to come.  

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The bluesy voice of narrator Ann Duquesnay lends an authentic quality to this inspirational and revealing biography on Aretha Franklin. Duquesnay's lyrical narration relates well with the events of the singer's life and colors each moment with a lively nod toward Franklin's immense talent. "When my piano teacher came to the house, I would hide behind the coats in the back of the closet because I thought her exercises far too elementary. I wanted to skip to the intermediate material. I wanted to run before I could walk." Tracing Franklin's life from a child singing in church choirs through hard times as an unwed teenage mother to her dramatic rise to superstardom, Duquesnay gives voice to the lifetime of family, music, and faith that gave the world the Queen of Soul. (Running time: 6 hours, 4 cassettes) --George Laney

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Aretha Franklin lives in Detroit, Michigan.  David Ritz, biographer of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, and producer Jerry Wexler, is also a novelist and lyricist.  He lives in Los Angeles.

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Book Description Random House Audiobooks, USA, 1999. Audio Book (Cassette). Condition: New. 1999 audio book. STILL SEALED 1999 Audio Book Set 4 OF tapes in original case , all still sealed in original publisher's shrinkwrap . You'll be the first to unwrap them. 6 hours abridged on 4 cassette tapes read by Ann Duquesnay . This fascinating set tells the true story of 60s soul singer Aretha Franklin and her music-filled childhood in Detroit . at home and at the New Bethel Baptist Church, presided over by her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin . her early days of struggle as a singer, and her unprecedented, meteo ric breakthough success . the joys of motherhood, and the challenges of romance . and the faith, hard work, and inspiration that have taken her to the top of the charts and kept her there, at the pinnacle of American music . " The bluesy voice of narrator Ann Duquesnay lends an authentic quality to this inspirational and revealing autobiography of Aretha Franklin. Duquesnay's lyrical narration relates well with the events of the singer's life and colors each moment with a lively nod toward Franklin's immense talent. "When my piano teacher came to the house, I would hide behind the coats in the back of the closet because I thought her exercises far too elementary. I wanted to skip to the intermediate material. I wanted to run before I could walk." Tracing Franklin's life from a child singing in church choirs through hard times as an unwed teenage mother to her dramatic rise to superstardom, Duquesnay gives voice to the lifetime of family, music, and faith that gave the world the Queen of Soul " . " Born in 1942 , Aretha grew up around some of the century's greatest singers--Clara Ward, Dinah Washington, and Sam Cooke were all family friends. A voice that many consider the world's finest, a strikingly individual touch on piano, and an eclectic ear for material combined to make her a notable artist who moved quickly from the gospel circuit to Columbia Records and moderate success in a variety of contexts, from show tunes to a gritty tribute to Washington. Her reminiscences of those days, and of the conquests that followed when she moved to the forefront of the soul revolution after signing to Atlantic, are obviously still fresh for her. A formidable presence even in her young 20s, Aretha continues to be a daunting figure today ." This audio book is : " Aretha - From These Roots " ; book was written by Aretha Franklin , with David Ritz . this audio book is read by Ann Duquesnay ; Aretha does NOT read this book on tape ; Published by Random House Audiobooks 1999 ; Still sealed in original shrink wrap . *** Secure packing for Safe Shipping since 1965 ***. Seller Inventory # 4585

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