Celebrating 50 years of R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Fifty years ago, the Queen of Soul released her greatest anthem: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T." Released during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, it was always more than a song-it was a call to action for civil rights and an ode to feminism, and during the year it was released, it was inescapable. And the great Aretha Franklin has embodied that powerful message ever since. Aretha Franklin, the new Collector's Edition from Essence gathers five decades of stunning images from throughout her career paired with revealing interviews with this icon into one special volume. The photographs document the evolution of an icon-and her exclusive interviews reveal the timelessness of her thoughts on issues ranging from motherhood and men, to her commitment to perfecting her craft. Also included in this Collector's Edition is a special essay that places the song "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" within the context of its time and its impact today as well as The Queen's Greatest Moments. This Collector's Edition gives this groundbreaking performer the respect she demands-and deserves.
by The Editors of PEOPLE
by The Editors of LIFE
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