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The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, an Intimate Portrait

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A personal peek into the private sphere of an international celebrity, acclaimed photojournalist Linda Solomon chronicles the over three decades of music, love, laughter, and friendship she shared with Aretha Franklin and the Franklin family in The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, an Intimate Portrait. After being hired by Franklin’s brother and business manager to photograph career milestones that met the artist after her move back home to Detroit from California, Solomon discovered that the milestones most important to Franklin were the times spent with her friends and family. From backstage photos with James Brown and Levi Stubbs to homespun Christmases to the iconic pink Cadillac, the 140 photographs collected in the volume reveal the Aretha Franklin who lived outside the spotlight, sure to intrigue music lovers and pop culture enthusiasts alike.

The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, an Intimate Portrait, Linda Solomon, Wayne State University Press, Hardcover $34.99 (224pp), 978-0-8143-4729-4

Danielle Ballantyne

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