Divided Soul

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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.
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Overview


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.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Based largely on interviews for a projected ``autobiography'' that was cancelled after Gaye's death in 1984 at the hands of his father, this book is neither especially well-written nor perceptive. PW recommended that the Motown singer's fans ``skip the book and listen to his records instead.'' (May)
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Originally published in 1985 and newly available on audio, this biography unearths the demons that both plagued Marvin Gaye and inspired his music. Author Ritz, who has previously chronicled the lives of musicians including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and B.B. King, knows the music industry well and had access to Gaye and many in his inner circle. In Audie Award winner Dion Graham's (River Rising) solid performance, he often seems to be channeling the singer's vocal range and speech patterns. Although the production would have benefitted from music at the CD breaks, this concise abridgment tells Gaye's story while providing insight into Motown and the music industry during his lifetime. Highly recommended. [Audio clip available through www.blackstoneaudio.com; this year marks the 70th anniversary of Gaye's birth, the 25th anniversary of his death, and the 50th anniversary of Motown.-Ed.]
—Gwendolyn Osborne

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306811913
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/17/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 318,387
  • Product dimensions: 0.93 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author


David Ritz is the author of Faith in Time: The Life of Jimmy Scott, Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye, and many other books with or about Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and B.B. King. He is a three-time winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. He lives in Los Angeles.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Marvin could have been soo much more

    Really good read......didn't know that he was so disturbed, he was really his own worst enemy....
    Such a sad way to end life

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2006

    Definetly a Soul Divided

    Read the book several years ago, it gave the reader the complexity of Marvin Gaye, the man. It highlighted the unmet needs of Marivn in his quest for his father's approval of him and how it impacted him in the choices he made in his adult life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2005

    Interesting Story

    Very interesting story about someone who was so talented and so giving, but dangerously insecure and self-destructive. Loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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