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I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece

Matt Dobkin; Foreword by Nikki Giovanni

St. Martin's Griffin


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The album that earned soul legend Aretha Franklin her first major hits, I Never Loved A Man the Way I Loved You was a pop and soul music milestone. Apart from its status as a hit record, the album also had a much wider cultural impact. By early 1967, when the album was released, the Civil Rights movement was well underway; Aretha's music gave it its theme song. And the single "Respect" became a passionate call to arms for the burgeoning feminist movement.
Dobkin has unearthed a wonderful story of the creation of an album that goes far beyond anything that's been written about The Queen of Soul before. With scores of fresh interviews--including ones with the session musicians from Muscle Shoals who recorded with Aretha--I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You is the story of a great artistic achievement. It's also a biography of a star who is both more complex and determined than her modern image as a diva indicates.


Praise for I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

“An enlightening window on the creative process.” —Publishers Weekly

“The book effectively explains why her [Aretha's] release on the great 60's R&B label was a definitive move for the singer.” —American Songwriter Magazine

“A standout in the current crowd of classic-album histories.” —Booklist

“...a fascinating illuminating narrative that includes short biographies of all the albums major participants.” —Muze

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About the author

Matt Dobkin; Foreword by Nikki Giovanni

Matt Dobkin is the author of Getting Opera. He is the former classical music editor at Time Out New York, and his work has appeared in New York magazine, Bazaar, Out, and a variety of other publications. He lives in New York City.

Matt Dobkin

Matt Dobkin

Nikki Giovanni

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