Aretha Franklin is taken up by London’s Changing of the Guards

Aretha Franklin is taken up by London’s Changing of the Guards


norman lebrecht

September 04, 2018

Fame at last.


  • Alex Davies says:

    Any hint as to what that was?

  • anon says:

    A rather lugubrious take of R.E.S.P.E.C.T., I’m afraid.

    On a related note, I saw last week in France a (white) French impersonatress of Amy Winehouse, songs, singing style, and all (in perfect singing English too) right down to the makeup and gestures.

    The irony is that Amy Winehouse is herself an avowed imitator of Black R&B singers.

    What did that French post-modernist social theorist Baudrillard predict?

    Simulacra of simulacra.

    My point is, next, there will be a French marching band imitating the British guards imitating Aretha Franklin.

    C’est la vie.

  • V.Lind says:

    The best argument against crossover I ever saw.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    It’s the thought that counts.

    Someone had to scratch that out real fast.

    I presume that isn’t from their regular repertoire.

  • Sue says:


  • Sue says:

    A second rate pop diva dies and the politically correct world uses this is a totemic moment. I’m sure she lived the good life and good luck to her but that’s as far as it goes for me. Her songs charmed some, I’m sure, but I go for more sophisticated fare myself.

    • anna says:

      she might not be your cup of tea, but she had millions of fans in her day. The reason people celebrate her now is not only for her art, but what she did with the money that she earned- bankroll the US Civil Rights Movement. Without Aretha Franklin, likely Civil Rights in the USA would have taken much longer to come to fruition.

    • Scotty says:

      And who would qualify as Sue’s first-rate pop diva? Perhaps Anita Bryant?

    • jaypee says:

      Sue, what are you trying to achieve with your moronic comments?

      “but I go for more sophisticated fare myself.”

      You voted for cretin donald and continue to support him. Obviously, you don’t know what the word “sophisticated” means…

      You remind me of your fellow trumpanzee -doug- who says that Martha Argerich is a second-rate pianist.

      Gotta love it: deplorables who talk about sophistication in music… Too funny!

      • Scotty says:

        My impression is that Sue, as much as she would have loved to have voted for Trump, lives in a gated community at an undisclosed location in Australia, safe from marauding Germans, Russians, South Africans, liberals, and darkies.