Friday, March 08, 2019

Controversial Aretha Franklin Documentary Gets a Release Date


For YEARS Aretha Franklin fought against the release of a documentary about the making of her iconic Amazing Grace album that was filmed during its live recording inside a Watts, California Church over two days in 1972 [click here if you missed that].

The film was cleared for release by her estate following her death and the trailer has just been released...



Amazing Grace is set to be released in theaters April 19.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ok but why is or was it controversial??

Anonymous said...

from what i can tell, she just didn't want the film released. they went back and forth while she was alive about releasing the film. aretha never said why she didn't want it released, she even complimented the film. it was probably a disagreement about money.

Anonymous said...

^^^ It's gotta be more to it.

magnetic god said...

As usual a poorly written article explaining nothing. Smh i miss the days of real journalists not lazy blog writers not bothering to inform the reader...

Anonymous said...

^^^^^EXACTLY! God knows I LOVE ARETHA FRANKLIN but is it just a documentary showing her singing Amazing Grace? Is there anything else? This trailer showed NOTHING.Remember the Whitney Doc? It showed way more than just "The Voice"

Anonymous said...

To: 10:54 AM

I'm going to give you what I heard, what they claimed was the reason and what the streets were saying when the concert was filmed. These are rumors throughout the years that were told to me. First of all, I hate when people say it was filmed in Watts, that's when I know white folks are involved because that church is not located in Watts, it's in South LA on Broadway. Second, the original director of the film, Sidney Pollack claimed the film was never released because of the inexperience of the sound technology and the voices and/or sounds would not match up with the visual and because of that, he and Aretha vowed to never allow the public to see it. And third, the streets have always said that what happened in that church that day, was an out of body experience that the world would not only be unable to handle or explain. Apparently, the Holy Ghost was unleashed up and throughout that church so thick that people were shouting in ways that would scare people. Supposedly, people were stomping, shouting, running, screaming, jerking, foaming at the mouth, moving their bodies in ways that would make (white) folks back then uncomfortable and scared. They said even that little devil, Mick Jagger was shouting and apparently everyone who went in the church, walked out never the same.




Felicia said...

I see the devil at the organ.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^12:18PM Thanks for that. So are we going to see that in the documentary?becausee that would be something I'd like to see.

Anonymous said...

To: 12:27

You do realize James Cleveland got his start in Aretha's father's church, he was the musical and choir director and he also lived with their family. So, when he calls Aretha his sister, he means that literally because he was the one who spotted and cultivated her talent. In fact, he produced her gospel album. Of course he would be there, front and center and if I'm not mistaken, this was all his idea.


HUH WHATEVER! said...

I'm amazed at how great we black people use to look back then. We were so proud of our blackness, and I pray one day we can get back to that.

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