Parts of the book which were uncovered by Ritz in his interviews with Gaye were a little bizarre to me for example, his father essentially cross dressing and Gaye exhibiting the same behavior, as well as his attitudes towards sex. As coauthor of one of Gaye's biggest hits, 'Sexual Healing,' David Ritz actually knew Marvin Gaye, and their relationship gives this narrative a degree of intimacy rare in biographies. Most helpful customer reviews 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. In spite of his destructive lifestyle and erratic behaviour, Gaye rallies against the Motown assembly line formula to speak out against shortsighted public policy. Marvin, just like everybody else, had his share of flaws, but those flaws helped him create music that was honest and genuine, regardless of the subject matter.
I felt that the author was too close to his subject. Marvin Gaye Was Incredibly Honest About Himself By Francie Nolan This was an often fascinating narrative. You have a romanticized view of people that you admire and when you realize that their human side doesn't match the fantasy sometimes you feel disappointed. He lives in Los Angeles. I give Ritz a lot of credit for this work. Marvin fought so many demons, and who would have guessed it with the life he led. Each time is a great time to read.
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Marvin being the younger beat his father pretty badly. When obtaining the e-book Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye Da Capo Paperback , By David Ritz by on-line, you can read them anywhere you are. This marriage lasted 5 years officially but they were together on and off until his death. Graham is at ease with the colloquialisms that abound in this rough-and-tumble story of the rhythm-and-blues business and the performer who was at the center of it all until his father tragically took his life. My friend recommended that I read it because I am a huge Marvin Gaye fan, however, he passed away before I was alive so a lot of his back history for me was unknown. He is a three-time winner of the Ralph J. But you won't believe that, after the song finished, I turned on the radio without touching the dial and the next song they played was Sexual Healing!! Divided Soul is often startlingly candid, but it manages to avoid lurid sensationalism, no mean feat given the particulars of the story: sex, drugs, child abuse, show business scandal.
A great overview of Gaye's life and discography. And if you love memoir and biography you need to read this. His second marriage was to a 17 year old girl 16 years younger than him. With very rare exception, the quotes work and fit seamlessly into the story. One of the finest biographies I have read, by one of the great biographers of our time, David Ritz. I was distracted enough to skip over paragraphs at a time, and I'm a little hesitant to try another of M I liked this book. I give Ritz a lot of credit for this work.
Originally published: New York : McGraw-Hill, 1985. It seems to me he had cocaine psychosis in the last years of his life. I adore Gaye even more. It's unfortunate when his self torture was what drove his greatest works. And I can see why. What emerges is a full-scale portrait of a charming but tortured artist, a brilliant singer with a divided soul. But in the short time he was here, he gave us such beautiful music.
Cambridge, Mass: Da Capo Press. The interviewees, including Marvin, himself, are quoted heavily. Gaye and Ritz had ongoing conversations of the singer's life story, most of it recorded on audio tape. It is based on years of interviews with Marvin Gaye - who was usually stoned. However, I could do with a lot less of David Ritz's personal opinions and analysis about Marvin.
Marvin said he was done. I loved hearing about Motown in the early days. It is not easy to read Marvin's life without aching. This book was good, as good as possible, but not as good as it could have been. I'm sure he had some good times but you'll read this and wish he would help himself 1st and get out of his own way second. You might not fret not to locate your referred publication to review.
The E-mail message field is required. He was brutally whipped as a child for very minor things by his father. My first audiobook and it was a good book. This book succeeds in detailing what Gaye's life was like right up to his fateful murder April 1, 1984 by his own father 1 day before Gaye would've turned 45. Together he and David Ritz painted a vivid, honest and touching picture of his life. I remember watching her UnSung a few months ago and Valerie Simpson said that despite the rumors about their final album she did not sing any of Terrell's vocals when she got sick-- however, this book shows that was false. Gaye was a very haunted figure, whose music touched many.