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Trouble Man: The Life And Death of Marvin Gaye

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews

Marvin Gaye was a twentieth-century icon, one of our greatest pop singers.He made his name with the Motown sound of the sixties, but went on to become a musical revolutionary with the release of What's Going On -- an album that tuoched on war, ecology, racism, violence, and poverty. It perfactly capured the spirit of the times and changed people's perceptions of what soul

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 5th 1999 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1998)
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Naomi Krokowski
Mar 08, 2014 Naomi Krokowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the saddest books I've ever read, but so well-written. I always loved and admired Marvin Gaye and his tremendous talent. When his father shot him I was aghast and confused as a young woman, and always wanted to know what happened. Turner's detailed research is presented in a lively chronological way that made for fast, fascinating reading. Gaye was a true tortured genius and full of immense conflict caused by his horridly abusive father. The ending of this story could never be anything bu ...more
Maureen
Jul 31, 2014 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvin....I love and miss him so. Steve Turner has painted a canvas with contrasts and contradictions, while telling a tale of insecurity, fear, loneliness, pain, and tortured genius. I experienced many emotions while re-reading this....mostly compassion for someone who tried so very hard. Marvin was, once again, brought to life for me through the writing of Steve Turner and I recommend this book to anyone seeking a nonjudgmental truth of the life and death of Marvin Gaye.
Bj
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RB Love
The song was a plea by a wounded lover who discovers from a third party that his partner has rekindled an old flame. It's a song of both loss and betrayal, loneliness and humiliation. The music - a low, swampy beat with a sinister tambourine shake by Jack Ashford and tom-toms by Richard 'Pistol' Allen - amplified the theme of rumour and insinuation. James Jamerson's bass line seemed to simulate the stabbing thoughts of a troubled conscience. The opening bars became some of the best known in pop. ...more
Marquis
Oct 15, 2010 Marquis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very informational and i really enjoyed learning about the history and the real like of Mr. Gaye. This book really opens your understanding and all those un answered questions are answered when reading this wonderful book. I recaamend this book for all the people who admire the life and who is a fan of Marvin Gaye.
Stuart
Jul 26, 2011 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good biography of a complicated man. I actually learned a lot about Marvin Gaye, having really only known a few of his records. Well worth a read.
Evan
Nov 15, 2011 Evan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haunting and sad... it's conspicuous how the tales of artists who give into the darkest sides of their personality and are tragically flawed is a story that's repeated over and over again.
Zoe
Sep 01, 2016 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Steve Turner is an English music journalist, biographer and poet, who grew up in Northamptonshire, England. His first published article was in the Beatles Monthly in 1969. His career as a journalist began as features editor of Beat Instrumental where he interviewed many of the prominent rock musicians of the 1970s. He subsequently freelanced for music papers including NME, Melody Maker and Rolling ...more
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