The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait is a book full of firsts as Solomon was invited not only to capture historical events in Aretha’s music career showcasing Detroit but to join in with the Franklin family’s most intimate and cherished moments in her beloved hometown. From performance rehearsals with James Brown to off-camera shenanigans while filming a music video with the Rolling Stones, from her first television special to her first time performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, to her last performance with her sisters at her father’s church and her son’s college graduation celebration. In the book’s afterword, Sabrina Vonne’ Owens, Franklin’s niece, honors her aunt, a woman who was an overwhelming supporter of civil rights, women’s rights, and fundraising campaigns that helped to benefit her hometown. There was a time in her career-when Franklin was more in demand than ever before-when she insisted that if someone wanted her to perform, they had to come to Detroit. During this time all of her major concerts, national television specials, music videos, and commercials would happen in Detroit. Aretha Franklin showed her respect for the people in the city who championed her from the very beginning when she started singing as a young girl in the church choir.
Franklin used to say, “I am the lady next door when I am not on stage.” The Queen Next Door offers fans a personal
and unseen look at an extraordinary woman in her most natural moments-both regal and intimate-and highlights
her devotion to her family and her hometown Detroit-“forever and ever.”
About the Author
Linda Solomon is an award-winning photojournalist and author. She is known for her natural light portraits of
celebrities and her nonprofit foundation, Pictures of Hope, which provides cameras to children living in shelters in
the United States. Linda is a member of the prestigious Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and the author of The
Key: Celebrated People Unlock Their Secrets to Life.
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Wayne State University Press (October 14, 2019)
- Language: English
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