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>Where this badass bia belongs

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January 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm

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>OH SHIT

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>From DListed:

A while ago, Aretha Franklin…made a grouchy statement about Tina Turner. While performing at the Grammys, Beyonce introduced Tina as “The Queen.” Aretha released some statement saying she was offended by this, because she’s always been known as the “Queen of Soul.”

It took a little while for Tina to respond, but she finally did:

“Aretha has always been like that. We’ve always accepted that from her. She’s the queen of soul, and I’m the queen of rock ‘n’ roll. There were so many kings and queens there that night. Her ego must be so big to think she was the only one. That’s how queens are!”
Well, if her ego is in a third of the size of one of her chichis then it’s pretty big.

Aretha…responded to Tina’s response to USA Today. Everybody move out of the way:

“I have always appreciated what Tina Turner has to offer and had quietly cheered her on after Ike and her subsequent success. However, with respect to her statement concerning my ego clearly she was talking about herself as she described herself as the ‘Queen of Rock’ and saying ‘that’s what Queens do’ — particularly since she does not have a clue as to who I am in view of the fact that we have never met.
I never figured her to resort to tacky press just to sell a few tickets. I understand and I know that the concert market is down where ticket sales are concerned. I really had put her in a different class — higher than that.

Finally, no one has been more gracious or complimentary to their peers than I have and I am confident and secure enough to do so, unlike some others. I wish Ms. Turner all the best, as I always have. Perhaps one day we will meet.”

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October 10, 2008 at 10:56 pm

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>i love america

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August 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm

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>Jerry Wexler

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>Jerry Wexler has been a part of maybe more musical projects that I adore than any other human being on the earth, and he wasn’t even a musician. He died and I found this funny quote from Dusty:

All Jerry did was talk about Aretha, and I was frankly intimidated,” Dusty later said,”If there’s one thing that inhibits good singing it’s fear. I covered the fear by being in pain. I drove Jerry crazy.”

The man knew talent, and I always wanted him to drag Aretha back into the studio so she could have one more good album. I guess that will never happen.

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August 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm

>get your hands up!

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July 25, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Posted in aretha, early 90s

>can you even imagine?

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>Dusty reveals the only critique the Queen of Soul ever offered her: “All Aretha ever said to me – and I died – we were in a lift [elevator], and she just put her hand on my arm and went, “Girrll!”

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June 15, 2008 at 4:51 pm

>i’m a sophia!

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>Instead of deciding if you’re a Carrie, Samantha, and all that stupid bullshit, why don’t you see if you’re a Sophia Loren or a Catherine Deneuve, an Anna Karena or a Jean Seberg, a Julie Christie or a Jane Fonda, an Aretha Franklin or a Diana Ross. The New York Times compares the iconic qualities of Ms. Deneuve and Ms. Loren:

“Lorenland is a proletarian world of workers and peasants, defined by spontaneity and sensuality, a world of broad comedy and even broader melodrama. The petit principality of Deneuve is the Monaco of movies: a primarily urban environment of designer boutiques and chic restaurants, in which emotions are muffled and sex discreet (and frequently unhappy).

Where Ms. Loren is a pagan goddess, all bosom and hips, with almond eyes and pillowy lips, Ms. Deneuve is a perfectly proportioned Renaissance angel, thin-lipped, wide-eyed and enveloped in a nimbus of golden hair. Ms. Loren has the imposing physical presence of a monumental statue; Ms. Deneuve the exquisite, pocket-size beauty of a cameo brooch. Ms. Loren invites us to live more intensely in our world; Ms. Deneuve exists in another space entirely, one surrounded by velvet ropes, and she’s not sure she wants to share it at all.”

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June 10, 2008 at 8:47 pm

>summer playlist

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>the beatle-ettes – just seventeen
bruce springsteen – for you
bruce springsteen – growing up
h2o – everready
santogold – creator
estelle – american boy
bikini kill – sugar
bikini kill – star bellied boy
donna loren – do the zonk
the cake – baby thats me
shirley bassey – light my fire
bobby hebb – sunny
the mamas & the papas – straight shooter
crosby, stills, & nash – wooden ships
the crystals – what a nice way to turn 17
black flag – six pack
beach boys – i know theres an answer
beach boys – here today
mighty sparrow – dorothy
the ronettes – i wish i never saw the sunshine
duffy – mercy
japanther – pleased to meet you
scott mckenzie – san francisco
roberta flack – the first time ever i saw your face
donny hathaway – i love you more than you’ll ever know
vivan girls – tell the world
marva whitney – ill work it out
the ronettes – walking in the rain
the shangri-las – train from kansas city
lillie knox – worried about my soul
caetano veloso – lost in paradise
the supremes – can’t buy me love
martha and the vandellas – its easy to fall in love (with a guy like you)
the ronettes – do i love you?
lightnin hopkins – going back to florida
the rolling stones – connection
the rolling stones – sweet virginia
pocahaunted – mouth of prayer
mahalia jackson – crying in the chapel
the supremes – you keep me hanging on
aretha franklin – you keep me hanging on
staples singers – respect yourself
the dramatics – what you see is what you get
the misfits – come back
erik satie – vexations
sun ra – song no 1
jean knioght – mr. big stuff

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May 15, 2008 at 1:10 pm

>aretha as a castrati

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>Below is a picture of Senesino, a very famous, castrated soprano and an associate of Handel. I didn’t know much about castrato before about a week ago, and then I came across the only known recording of a castrato singing opera, which I’ve posted below. I didn’t know they were such celebrated figures in operatic music, in their day, and it made my mind, and my ear, go straight for the Modern Diva.

The web-site essortment.com had this to say about the history of the castrati:

Many of the castrati’s well-documented personality disorders were a direct result of their disfigurement, as well as their inability to lead normal sex lives. They were neither man nor woman, but something in between. On one hand they were much admired for their singing, but on the other they were taunted unmercifully about their condition.

Castrati tended to be fat, volatile, conceited, and almost impossible to get along with. Composer George Frederick Handel’s notorious shouting matches with his castrato Senesino, for instance, were well-known throughout England.

On the other hand, especially when it suited their purposes, a castrato could be entirely charming. Sometimes they were so respected and adored that they were able to gain great political influence. Farinelli, for instance, soothed the king of Spain with the same four songs every night. This gave the castrato a decided advantage for the king’s attention and literally made him a power behind the throne.

Sound familiar?

http://media.imeem.com/m/4lD_de-A1d/aus=false/

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May 5, 2008 at 1:37 am

>who has ever looked better than this?

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April 10, 2008 at 3:12 am

Posted in aretha, wigs