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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. My Life With Marvin Gaye is not a sensationalized tell all, instead it is a cautionary tale of how insecurity, dysfunction and cruelty can end the greatest of loves while that love can inspire world class art.
Her uncertainty and insecurity made the then young girl submit to sexual fantasies of Marvin's that she now regrets. Her inexperience led her to forego her education, move in with Marvin and in the name of love, abandon any pursuit of marketable skills while becoming financially dependent on a free spending addict. Jan also reveals how she and her late husband shared a deep spirituality as well as a mutual love of top shelf quality drugs.
In the book, she has shared as much about her personal struggle with, and triumph over substances as she has shared about anyone else's.
Her heartbreaking tale describes how the ill matched couple had very little chance of succeeding from the start; she had been raised in an uncertified foster care home where she'd been dumped by her loving but drug addicted mother and became the victim of sexual abuse. He had been the son of a deeply religious, evangelical cross dressing father who'd beaten Marvin mercilessly for questioning the elder's fashion sense, and daring to raise the possibility that his gender bending attire may have brought dishonor to the family name.
Marvin was also a superstar depressive who had lost his way and was using copious amounts of drugs to numb the pain from the break-up of his first marriage. Jan and Marvin never had a chance. I spoke with Jan, earlier this year, via telephone. She called for the purpose of nervously reading the book's first chapter to me, and getting my opinion. She hadn't turned in her manuscript to her publisher yet, so I felt flattered by the sneak preview.
I assured her that what she'd written was great, and it was, but in no way had her excerpt prepared me for the exceptionally intimate, personal and poetic work of depth and beauty that she and Ritz have delivered. Jan describe how life at the side of a glamorous '70s sex symbol was like living in the eye of a hurricane. She writes of the unscrupulous promoters, Marvin's ambivalence about performing, and his stage fright. She writes of Motown pressuring the superstar for bigger and more frequent hits. She writes of Marvin's loyalty to Motown chieftain, Berry Gordy, and Marvin's bitter resentment of Gordy's lack of appreciation for his artistic ambitions.
The book insightfully examines the complications caused by Marvin's marriage to, and ultimate divorce from Gordy's sister Anna. There are also recollections of delusional managers who could not manage the great but unmanageable talent, and vignettes about accountants and business managers who could not convince Marvin to spend less frequently, save more often or pay his taxes. She has written beautifully about the gorgeous messiness of love in the shadows of stardom while it's shrouded in the fog addiction.
Recently Jan and her children have been in the news as a result of having won a seven figure judgement against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, in a copyright infringement lawsuit, over the contention that their "Blurred Lines" record of two summer's back too closely resembled Marvin Gaye's dance floor classic "Got To Give It Up". It has been said that the landmark decision will put a chill on musical creativity, and that a business built on sampling the work of others has been rocked at its core.
Of course, for me, the most interesting portions of the book are the ones where Jan describes the creative process that Marvin, the hit maker, went through to come up with the albums; "Here My Dear"; "I Want You"; Let's Get It On" and the smash single "Got To Give It Up", and the subtle way that she inspired and guided Marvin to the expression of his best and higher artistic potential. This book is her love letter to her mentor, partner and former husband who was tragically murdered by the hand of the cross dressing father who vied for control of the Gaye clan with his strong willed son.
It is her deeply personal confession of the adoration, confusion and regret that she felt as a result of falling up to her eyeballs in love with one of the most creative figures of the twentieth century. It proves that Marvin's spirit still speaks to all of us through his music and through this tremendously written work. For soul music fans and those who are interested in black creativity and pop culture it is a must read. Jan Gaye hit this one out of the park.
A honest, raw, and easy read. Not only was it a good romance story it also focused on the drug Rise during that time and how impacted the world. From weed to cocaine to crack; people not from that era got a glimpse into the freedom and ignorance of the impact drugs would eventually have. I became so captivated with this story I forgot that I knew how the story would end. I found myself even rooting for their love to work our. I forget I was reading about a superstar. I think I may read it again. I have read several books about Marvin Gaye.
Jan's is, of course, about their relationship. It seems she was so over the top for him that eventually she couldn't deal with his continuing downward spiral before his death.
I believe their relationship was mostly sexual and that she cared for him so much she wasn't able to help him with the drugs, etc. Of course each person has their own view of Marvin, but he was truly conflicted with his lifestyle which was created by his musical gifts and people who tried to take advantage of him because of the money he generated.
The book was definitely interesting and pictured a whole different side of Marvin Gaye, and for that reason it was very interesting. Other comments on this book made it sound like it was highly graphic and disturbing but I didn't find it that way at all.
"After the Dance" is a slow jam recorded by singer Marvin Gaye and released as the second single off Gaye's hit album I Want You (). Though it received. After the Dance is a play by Terence Rattigan which premièred at the St James's Theatre, London, on 21 June It was not one of Rattigan's more successful.
I think Jan was honest about her experience with Marvin without being too graphic. I love memoirs on musicians and their associates.
Musicians are such fascinating creatures. I enjoyed reading about what it was like for Jan dating one of the top recording artists and being associated with the music industry.