Aretha Franklin
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//Features

Textbook Oppositions and Alternatives: Re-Thinking the Role of Race in '60s Rock and Soul Music
15 Mar 2012 // 6:00 PM

Black rock musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, and Arthur Lee (Love), as well as white soul musicians in the racially integrated bands playing on recordings of singers like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, existed during the '60s. So why is rock and soul so black and white?

Day One: Frank Zappa to The Band
24 Nov 2008 // 4:00 PM

A Sgt. Pepper's-inspired satire…a platter of pure soul sizzle…the second act of rock's Warhol-weaned avant-garde…the beautiful noise of two voices in unison…and a backup 'band' comes into their own. Five definitive LPs -- five statements of solid rock royalty.

//Columns

When Is Art Beautiful? When Is It Just Boring?
9 Feb 2016 // 9:30 PM

To paraphrase art critic Peter Schjeldahl, beauty is a kind of action and reaction between the work and the viewer, or the listener, or the reader. Beauty happens.

//Reviews

Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color
21 Apr 2015 // 9:06 PM

What makes the Alabama Shakes sound new is that they’re evidently devoted to their musical forebears -- everyone from Etta James and Aretha to Bowie and Zeppelin -- yet also coquettishly unfaithful to each one of them.

Aretha Franklin: Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980 - 1998
23 Feb 2012 // 4:00 PM

Despite too many duets and a lack of variation, Aretha's voice still shines on her '80s hits.

//Blogs

Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums
12 Feb 2014 // 9:14 PM

During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.

Counterbalance No. 130: Aretha Franklin's 'Lady Soul'
24 May 2013 // 1:00 AM

You told me to leave you alone. My father said come on home. My doctor said take it easy. But the pull of the 130th most acclaimed album of all-time is much too strong. A 1968 soul classic is this week's Counterbalance.

//News

Aretha Franklin Still Getting a Ton of 'Respect' at Age 73
21 Apr 2015 // 9:17 AM

The title that might be the most important is the one that has stuck with her most of her career, and always will: Queen of Soul.

Aretha Franklin Takes Other Singers to School on Her New ‘Great Diva Classics’
27 Oct 2014 // 8:02 AM

As you listen to Aretha Franklin’s new album, it’s hard not to sense an unspoken message to the world: “Step aside, ladies — here

//Mixed media
//Blogs

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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