Orgies, Alcohol & Anxieties: Biographer Says Aretha Franklin Did The MOST

Trappings of wealth: Compulsive spending also marked Franklin's career. Here she poses in a fur coat - and one she was later to buy was so large it needed its own plane seat when she went to Toronto for a concert

Writer David Ritz, co-author of Aretha’s white-washed autobiography fifteen years ago, decided that it was time the truth be told about the Queen’s life and work in RESPECT, by David Ritz, published by Little, Brown and Company, October 28.

It details the rise of the girl born in 1942 in Memphis to C.L. Franklin and his wife Barbara, and who moved when she was four to Detroit with her parents, two sisters and brother.

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