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You Can Feel the Venue's Heartbeat on Every Page of 'Showtime at the Apollo'

How do we measure the status of a performer's Holy Grail like the Apollo Theater in 2019? Ted Fox and James Otis Smith's beautifully realized, updated graphic history brings this rich history to life.

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Aretha Franklin Before She Was the Queen of Soul

The Columbia recordings of Aretha Franklin between 1960 and 1965 are not her best, but they show us an artist learning her craft and gathering the tools that would change American music.

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The First Record: Aretha's Gold

The concept album that is Aretha's Gold follows the chronology of Aretha Franklin's hits, all released in 1967 and 1968, apex years of the decade not just in terms of numbers but also as an apogee of its cultural and political zeitgeist.

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10 Aretha Franklin Performances That Bridged the Gap Between Legendary and Unforgettable

A brief survey of songs from a six-year period (1968-1974) of Aretha Franklin's 61-year recording career shows there were many more levels to this singer/pianist/activist/songwriter than justifiable claim to original Queen of Soul Divahood.

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Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 2 - Steve Reich to the Sex Pistols

PopMatters has scoured the musical spectrum for the best examples of the protest song form, including anthems of great popularity and obscurity alike. Stay tuned all week as we unveil the top 100.

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Aretha Franklin Meets the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on 'A Brand New Me'

Most of the songs on the album are lesser-known hits, providing a good opportunity to become acquainted with a wider breadth of Franklin's discography.

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'Smithsonian Rock and Roll' Welcomes the Amateur Concert Photographer

This new book featuring concert photos taken by fans is a stylish, interesting, and absorbing, yet somewhat incomplete look at the history of popular music.

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When Is Art Beautiful? When Is It Just Boring?

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.

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Aretha Franklin Still Getting a Ton of 'Respect' at Age 73

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.

Scott Mervis
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Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums

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

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Counterbalance No. 130: Aretha Franklin's 'Lady Soul'

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.

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Maceo Parker: Soul Classics

At nearly 70 years old, Maceo Parker can still bring the funk and this live set is the best example of exactly how versatile James Brown's former saxophone player can be.

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'The Fan Who Knew Too Much' Is Written by an Astute Fan of Gospel with a Well-Honed Critical Sense

Provocative looks at homosexuality in the black church and Aretha Franklin highlight this collection of critical essays.

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Counterbalance No. 81: Aretha Franklin's 'I Never Loved a Man...'

If you want a do right, all day woman, look no further than the 81st Most Acclaimed Album of All-Time, a landmark 1967 soul serenade from Aretha Franklin.

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Textbook Oppositions and Alternatives: Re-Thinking the Role of Race in '60s Rock and Soul Music

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?

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Aretha Franklin: Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980 - 1998

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

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - Goin’ Down Slow

"Goin' Down Slow" is a dramatic tour de force in three minutes and 18 seconds, standing as the most emotionally-shattering performance on Rocking Chair.

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The Year in TV: August 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in August 2010.

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Rewinding the 53rd Annual Grammys

Performance-filled show often gave excellent tributes to music greats, but barely passed out any awards. This is going to be a long post!

Music

N'Dambi: Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant is at once lush, vibrant, and deeply moving as it sprawls across soundscapes that range from beat to bounce to ballad.

Music

Good Grief: Pop, Dialogue and Detroit Natives

Indeed, a people who feel unloved are capable of anything. A people who feel loved are capable of everything.

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Day One: Frank Zappa to The Band

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.

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Aretha Franklin: Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul

Two-disc compilation offers up a wealth of demos, outtakes, alternate versions, and B-sides from Franklin's 1966-1974 Atlantic sessions.

Zeth Lundy
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Aretha Franklin: Live at Fillmore West

Live at Fillmore West puts the exclamation point in "Queen of Soul!"

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Aretha Franklin: Jazz Moods: Round Midnight

Classic jazz, classic Aretha. Need anything more be said?"

Jason MacNeil
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Aretha Franklin: The Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years (1960-1965)

Arguably one of the most important recordings done by a black artists in the post-Civil Rights era, throughout Amazing Grace Franklin seamlessly weaves through traditional sacred recordings.

Mark Anthony Neal
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