The author's previously released book on Aretha with recent updates.
On the plus side, Mark Bego has done his research-
the book is very thorough regarding Aretha's public activities (especially regarding the last 3 decades) and well sourced.
Now the minuses-
those references take up the vast majority of the pages. Precious little of the book is comprised of original material, new interviews, etc.
While it was nice for someone to compile all of this public information...that doesn't amount to anything revelatory, especially to Franklin's biggest fans.
The tone of the book is appalling at times. Some of the writing was so unprofessional I had to reread portions to make sure Bego wasnt quoting someone else. He wasnt. It was just his own observations, told in a slanted, gossipy manner.
It's also odd that Aretha's later years seem to get more focus than her heyday. The balance of the book seems lopsided. The author himself diminishes the historic importance of her Atlantic years at one point by placing them alongside her Arista tenure and implying that the latter reaped equal, if not greater rewards. Perhaps this is a result of the updating and expanding, but a good editor would've corrected that problem.