Franklin called David Ritz’s unauthorized biography, “Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin,” a “trashy book.” (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
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The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money – or soul – on the recently released unauthorized biography about her.The two have a history of collaborating: Franklin and award-winning Ritz worked together on her 1999 biography, "Aretha: From These Roots".He also won a Grammy Award for best album notes for his work on Franklin's 1992 box set, "Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings". In "Respect," Ritz writes about Franklin as teenage parent, her own parents' separation, her battle with alcohol and more.Ritz has written a number of biographies, ranging from Etta James to Rick James to Ray Charles.
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