Tony Scherman

Tony Scherman is "one of the best pure writers ever to emerge from music journalism," writes Bill Flanagan, MTV's former executive vice-president and Scherman's editor at pioneering, much-mourned Musician, one of the signal American music magazines of the '80s and '90s. The award-winning author of two books, Backbeat: Earl Palmer's Story (1999) and POP: The Genius of Andy Warhol (2009) and editor of two more, The Rock Musician (1994) and The Jazz Musician‚Äč (1993), Scherman has contributed to many periodicals, including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, American Heritage, and others. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in 1997.
Aretha Franklin and Black Music Power

Aretha Franklin and Black Music Power

Aretha Franklin’s superior soul albums, ‘Spirit in the Dark’ and Young, Gifted and Black’, see her stepping up to the ’70s Black Power movement.

Aretha Franklin: Preacher’s Daughter

Aretha Franklin: Preacher’s Daughter

Aretha Franklin, born a musical prodigy, was nurtured by her father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, and his numerous houseguests of gospel and R&B renown.

What You Want, Baby, Aretha’s Got It

What You Want, Baby, Aretha’s Got It

From January 1967 to January 1972, Aretha Franklin, one of 20th-century pop music's towering geniuses, stood the pop world on its head with a run, inconceivable today, of 11 albums. Tony Scherman's biography in progress about the Queen of Soul covers those years.