' "Gaye himself shaped Motown's signature sound with hits like "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." ' not to mention his famous duets including numbers like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" as well as "Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing." To have his life ended by his own father is a true tragedy (too many of these vocal artists lived all too brief of lives). I did enjoy learning something of this individual in this brief biography and do recommend giving his music a listen as it is some great stuff!
This book is a noble rendition of an exceptionally gifted musical instrument, who has proven to be a great influence as an American icon. His wonderful resonance and graceful tempo was tremendous. Thank you, Charles Rivers Editors, for this fine biography. I treasure Marvin Gaye' s music, and greatly appreciate this fine homage to him.
This short ebook is one of a series about American Legends and this edition looks at the life and career of Marin Gaye. It begins with his troubled childhood and a difficult relationship with his father, which would ultimately end with his father shooting him dead the day before his 45th birthday. Apparently, Gaye’s father always doubted that Marvin was his son and beat both him and his siblings throughout their childhoods.
After a few short lived jobs and a brief stint in the military, Gaye embarked on his career in music. What is described as an ‘escape’ to Motown, reflects a relationship with the record company which would change his life (his first marriage was to Berry Gordy’s sister Anna) and both reward and yet confine him as an artist. Quite a lot of space is given to his influential album, “What’s Going On,” where Gaye fought Gordy’s decision not to release the album as his artist turned from feel good hits to social commentary. This book gives an overview of his career and turbulent life as well as his musical legacy.
Although this is, by no means, an in depth look at Gaye’s life, I did enjoy it as I knew very little about him. If you are interested in learning more, then this is a good starter point and may encourage you to perhaps read a fuller biography or just listen to his music.
Excellent abbreviated bio of one of American music's tragic losses. Detailed but brief, this book provides some insight into Marvin Gaye's turbulent life and creative drive. Makes me want to dive deeper into the man and his music.