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The best selling Motown artist of all time, Marvin Gaye defined the hopes and shattered dreams of an entire generation Twenty years after his tragic death he was shot by his father his relevance persists because of the indelible mark his outsized talent left on American culture A transcendent performer whose career spanned the history of rhythm and blues, from doo wop to the sultriest of soul music, Gaye s artistic scope and emotional range set the soundtrack for America s tumultuous coming of age in the 1970s Michael Eric Dyson s searching narrative illuminates Marvin Gaye s stellar ascendance from a black church in Washington, D.C., to the artistic peak of What s Going On and charts his sobering personal decline Dyson draws from interviews with those closest to Gaye to paint an intimate portrait of the tensions and themes that shaped contemporary urban America racism, drug abuse, economic adversity, and the long legacy of hardship Gaye s stormy relationships with women, including duet partner Tammi Terrell and wives Anna Gordy and Janis Hunter, are examined in light of the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s Dyson also considers family violence in the larger context of the African American life and how that heartbreaking legacy resulted in Gaye s murder Mercy, Mercy, Me is an unforgettable portrait of a beloved black genius whose art is reflected in the dynamism of contemporary urban America....

Title : Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye
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ISBN : 0465017703
ISBN13 : 978-0465017706
Format Type : Paperback
Language : Deutsch
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Number of Pages : 389 Pages
File Size : 874 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye Reviews

  • William G. Ratcliffe
    2019-05-15 02:51

    Mr. Dyson at times nails the head so hard that you may think you are right there in the middle of it all. So speaking of Marvin's life that you would think Dyson was at Marvin's side. Sadly, Marvin has been gone for almost 30 years. I almost took a day off of work to mourn, that is how Marvin affected my life. His music was varied, but effective.

  • E. Jahneke
    2019-05-10 02:47

    in a new way. Creativity like Marvin Gaye's comes from many sources, especially when he had so many difficult relationships, with women, his family, and with himself.I found this book to be moving and insightful.I'd never really considered Gaye's influence on R, Kelly, either, although I'm not sure if I had that I would have considered at the length that Dyson does, but I do appreciate his willingness to forgive his subjects.

  • Henry Cooper
    2019-04-19 00:54

    Michael Dyson is such a great author and activist. He really knows the ups and downs of Marvin Gaye's life. Oh that's such a blessing I think every Marvin Gaye fan should get this just b/c they wanna learn more 'bout this man. 2 me he's one of my idols I grew up 'cuz he's such an inspiration. This book tells it all from his days of sex, drugs, violence, threats between his dad, how he got involved in the resurrection of life and death and the coming side of R. Kelly's admirer of Gaye. You see Marvin never say "Give up on what u got". No he saids "Take it lightly and slowly when u dead and gone". That's why we need to check ourselves everyday to the fullest until we live this normal or martyred life. I haven't bought the book yet but I'll may go it ASAP once it's still here. This is such an interesting story from the man who did the lifetimes of Tupac Shakur, black women, black people, the culture of our nation and black music and now. Definitely recommend along w/ Mase's memoir and Miles' memoir.

  • Carol
    2019-04-26 07:45

    I have been an avid reader of all the biographies about Motown stars. This book goes right up there with the best of them. This was very good reading and very entertaining.

  • Susan Calder
    2019-05-04 02:59

    Great book to read!

  • Monica Harbison
    2019-04-30 04:59

    I just started reading the book and the words come to life. The author's detailed description of Marvin's creative process and the interviews are astounding. The stories behind the scenes reveals how a brilliant mind conceives and produces musical masterpieces. His songs are still being played on the radio and my appreciation for his genius is even greater now.

  • marlo waters
    2019-04-23 07:03


  • martha anastasiou
    2019-05-05 01:37

    When I read the reviews it said it was more for the musicologist. Well I thought that's ok I am interested and I wanted to read. It was for me a difficult book to get thru absolutely for the musicologist which I am not !! But I read first time highlighted and went back and read again. Very detailed, informative, and interesting. If you are a true fan and already know a lot about music period this is a great book. I have also read his autobiography which was easier to read and very interesting. Not as many facts about each song and comparisons. If you love Marvin Gaye read both books !!!