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Essence Celebrates 'The Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin The Queen of Soul on the cover of Essence Magazine

Celebrating 50 years of R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Fifty years ago, the Queen of Soul released her greatest anthem: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.” Released during the height of the civil rights movement, it was always more than a song—it was a call to action for civil rights and an ode to feminism, and during the year it was released, it was inescapable. The great Aretha Franklin has embodied that powerful message ever since. Aretha Franklin, the new collector’s edition from Essence, gathers five decades of stunning images from throughout her career paired with revealing interviews into one volume. The photographs document the evolution of an icon, and the exclusive interviews reveal the timelessness of her thoughts on issues ranging from motherhood and men to her commitment to perfecting her craft. Also included is a special essay that places the song “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” within the context of its time and looks at its impact today, as well as "The Queen’s Greatest Moments." This collector’s edition gives the groundbreaking performer the respect she demands—and deserves. Please note that this product is an authorized edition published by Time Inc. and sold by Amazon. This edition is printed using a high quality matte interior paper and printed on demand for immediate fulfillment.

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