Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye
Michael Eric DysonISBN: 0465017703;
Book DescriptionFrom the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of Holler if You Hear Me , a fresh reassessment of the remarkable life, art, struggles, and death of an American icon. Twenty years after his murder at the hands of his own father, Marvin Gaye continues to define the hopes and shattered dreams of the Motown generation. A performer whose career spanned the history of rhythm and blues, from doo-wop to the sultriest of soul music, Gaye's artistry magnified the contradictions that defined America's coming of age in the tumultuous 1970s. In his most searching and ambitious work to date, acclaimed critic Michael Eric Dyson illuminates both Marvin Gaye's stellar achievements and stunning personal decline--and offers an unparalleled assessment of the cultural and political legacy of R&B on American culture. Through interviews with those close to Gaye--from his musical beginnings in a black church in Washington, D.C., to his days as a "ladies' man" in Motown's...
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