Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves, and Demons of Marvin Gaye
Overall, this is a superb critical analysis of Marvin ...more
I always knew that Marvin was killed by his father, but until recently I didn't know anything about the circumstances. Last month I got into a discussion with a guy at a bar who knew quite a bit about it, and he told me the story. I thought it was the most moving thing I'd ever heard. So then I decided to try this ...more
I still listen to "I Want You." It was my anthem the first time I heard it. It is the best album ever written. And that is a huge statement since I'm a die hard Lennon & McCartney fan.
What puzzles me about this book is why the Mr Dyson has to "go off" on corporal punishment, Afroedipal, which is word he ...more
Michael Eric Dyson is an erudite writer and thinker. He tells us about Marvin the man in the context of his time and in Black culture as a whole.
I thoroughly enj ...more
I decided to read this book because my friend recommended it to me, and I've heard the man's music and wanted to learn more. The book is about Marvin Gaye, a singer and actor from the 1960s/70s. The book takes a person through the life of Marvin Gaye, from his life as a pastors son in Washington D.C., to his rise to fame. It also talks about the extravagant ways he led his life, and the things that influenced his sex related music. But the whole time he struggled to maintain his relationship wit...more
If one could imagine driving a car on a jagged road filled with potholes, yet feeling as though they are floating, you’ve captured the contrast in the rough subject matter of the lyrics and the soulfully smooth voice with which Marvin delivered them.
Marvin, and myself as a reader, deserved significantly better than this. ...more
Since I am a music nerd I loved the detailed info about the recording sessions, etc.