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Detroit Mixtape: Reflecting on Aretha Franklin’s trailblazing career

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When Aretha Franklin died last week, the world lost a voice unlike any other. To honor Franklin, a tried and true Detroiter, we bring you an all-Aretha edition of Detroit Mixtape.

Paul Young, founder and publisher of Detroit Music Magazine, joined Stateside to reflect on Franklin’s musical career and ties to Detroit.

“Detroit couldn’t be prouder to say that this is someone that came from the Midwest, came from a hardworking town, a Rust Belt town,” Young said. 

Listen above for Young’s breakdown of four Franklin tracks and a recap of her many successes as a musician.

Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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