By David Ritz, Jan Gaye
A riveting cautionary story concerning the ecstasy and hazards of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued by way of all—and a searing memoir of gear, intercourse, and old-fashioned R&B from the spouse of mythical soul icon Marvin Gaye.
After her 17th birthday in 1973, Janis Hunter met Marvin Gaye—the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice whose chart-topping, socially wakeful album What’s Going On made him a star years previous. regardless of a seventeen-year-age distinction and Marvin’s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, the enchanted teen and the emotionally unstable singer all started a hot relationship.
One second Jan used to be a highschool pupil; the following she used to be accompanying Marvin to events, navigating the exciting global of 1970s-‘80s star; placing with Don Cornelius at the set of Soul Train, and assisting to find new expertise like Frankie Beverly. however the burdens of status, the chaos of dysfunctional households, and the impossible to resist temptations of gear advanced their love.
Primarily silent given that Marvin’s tragic dying in 1984, Jan finally opens up, sharing the relocating, fervently charged tale of 1 of track history’s such a lot fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and perception, illustrated with 16 pages of black-and-white pictures, After the Dance finds what it’s prefer to be in love with an artistic genius who transformed pop culture and whose artistry remains to be celebrated this day.
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It was bad enough we’d lost the Cup final, but I was in agony as well. I couldn’t even sit down at the do that night. I had to go to bed at about ten o’clock. Aside from that, I was quite calm after the match. I remember thinking, ‘We played well. ’ It was that Arsenal thing; we battered them but they beat us on penalties. I understood sport. You could play well and still lose. You have to look at the man in the mirror, but there was no shame in losing, once you’d done your best. Garth Crooks was looking for an interview with me, for the BBC, as losing captain.
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After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye by David Ritz, Jan Gaye