Drawing from interviews conducted before Marvin Gaye s death, acclaimed music writer David Ritz has created a full scale portrait of the brilliant but tormented artist With a cast of characters that includes Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder, this intimate biography is a definitive and enduring look at the man who embodied the very essence of the word soul....
|Title||:||Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye|
|Publisher||:||Da Capo Press Reprint edition May 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
|File Size||:||674 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye Reviews
I'm glad that I ignored some of the reviews that I read about this book. I feel that David Ritz did an excellent job of dissecting and analyzing Mr. Gaye. There were many instances where I found myself highlighting sections in the book. I have read several books about Mr. Gaye, some which were written by his relatives. None of them in my opinion reach the depth and breadth of what, why and how Mr. Gaye did what he did and why his life ended as it did. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to read the definitive biography of Marvin Gaye.
This was an often fascinating narrative. There is a lot of direct quoting of Marvin Gaye who I found incredibly honest, almost too honest, particularly about his sex life and insecurities and what he thought about women (bit of a chauvinist). He did not seem to have a filter, which was great. Although...there's something to be said for retaining a little mystery.
While the Publishers Weekly review recommended that fans simply listen to the man's records, David Ritz does a credible job of telling us what was going on in Marvin's life, and his tortured soul, that led to his death at his father's hands. While another writer might offer a more objective perspective on the singer's life, as Ritz seemed to get very close to Marvin Gaye, at least in his own mind, the author not only leads us through the Motown legend's drug-addled, but professionaly accomplished life, but he tells us a bit about the society in which he was raised, the musical world he aspired to conquer and the extreme dysfunction that a family can exert on its own. This is not easy reading, nor very comfortable, because the man trafficed in heavy sexual content in his songs and performances, and descended into a hellish drug addiction that inhibited his artistic ability and created a pervasive paranoia that led to a self-fulfilling prophecy: that he would die at the hands of killer wielding a hand-gun. Ritz does a fine job of revealing just how self-loathing the singer was, how conflicted over his sexuality he was - not that wasn't strongly heterosexual, but that he had a perverse madonna/whore complex towards women that built his lovers up on a pedestal and then smashed them down, often literally - and how little he really enjoyed his celebrity as a sexy soul singer. The corps of enablers all suckling from the trough didn't help the singer make any effort to conquer his demons but the many instances of physical abuse to his second wife, to female fans who came to his home seeking intimacy, and others makes one wonder why no one ever called the police, who could have had him tried on assault and battery, which might have led him to the kind of addiction therapy for his sexual healing that he so desperately needed but scrupulously avoided. In 1971 he asked for "mercy, mercy, me," but he never did find the salve for his divided soul. It's a terrible shame that his life was the epitome of the tortured artist, whose ravaged mind and life yielded such pearls of musical beauty. It's a price no one should have to pay.
I loved Marvin Gaye's music. Even now it's exhilarating to listen to him .
After reading Janis Gaye’s “After the Dance” book and this one about Marvin’s life, at the end of the day, you make the final conclusion that Marvin Gaye and most definitely his father along with several members of his family, his mother, wife Janis, brother, sister all suffered from some form of mental illness. Of course during this time, mental illness wasn’t a diagnosis but a label. The drug use and the egotistical attitude didn’t help either. Marvin lived on the edge and beyond his means and at times inflicted pain on the very ones that loved him the most. David Ritz did the best he could with the material he had to write this book; it’s much appreciated on the life of one of the greatest R&B soul artist to exist. Ritz gave some details about Marvin’s demise and murder at the hands of his father that others didn’t speak about. Great job, David Ritz.
W.E B Dubois in "Souls of Black Folks stated that African Americans have two warring souls.
I didn't know that the song "Troubled Man" so accurately described Marvin Gaye. A musical genius, Marvin battled his demons his whole disturbed life. His own worst enemy. It's unfortunate when his self torture was what drove his greatest works. You never know what those you admire go through and this book gives you a look into the psyche of a legend. There's many things I didn't know about Marvin, and there's some things that part of me wishes I didn't know after reading this book. 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. Overall though I feel sadness more than disappointment. 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. I still love and admire Marvin's music and have a greater appreciation for it knowing the pain it took to create it.
A huge Marvin Gaye fan, this book touched on Marvin, his life & his music connections. I read this immediately after reading Janis Gaye's After The Dance. Both are awesome reads!