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Marvin Gaye, My Brother

Marvin Gaye, My Brother

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(Book). Marvin Gaye's life and brilliant career were cut tragically short on April 1, 1984 one day before his 45th birthday when he was shot and killed by his own father. Now, for the first time ever, Marvin Gaye's story is told in intimate detail by a member of his own family. Frankie and Marvin Gaye were close from childhood until Marvin's death. Frankie was at

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(Book). Marvin Gaye's life and brilliant career were cut tragically short on April 1, 1984 one day before his 45th birthday when he was shot and killed by his own father. Now, for the first time ever, Marvin Gaye's story is told in intimate detail by a member of his own family. Frankie and Marvin Gaye were close from childhood until Marvin's death. Frankie was at Marvin's side when he died, and only Frankie heard his deathbed confession. Full of never-before-told personal anecdotes, this book takes you behind the scenes from Marvin's childhood, through his spectacular success at Motown and then Columbia, his stormy relationships with women, and finally to his descent into drugs and despair. The true story of the man behind the beloved music is now available to fans old and new. Includes great photos throughout, a helpful index, and a timeline of important events in Marvin's life.

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Publishers Weekly
This posthumous memoir (Frankie Gaye died of a heart attack in 2001), reconstructed from a year of interviews with collaborator Basten, presents the tragic, tumultuous career of Motown singer Marvin Gaye from his younger brother's perspective. Bookended by the sorrowful scene of Marvin's violent death, the story moves from the brothers' tough childhood, dominated by a stern, God-fearing father, through Marvin's rise to fame and into his paranoid, drug-fueled dissolution. Through it all, brother Frankie watches from the wings, offering support and solace, and joining in the party when the times are good. Due to their close physical resemblance, Frankie appears with Marvin onstage at times to confuse the crowd. Perhaps most importantly, both for Frankie and Marvin, Frankie's experience in Vietnam colors Marvin's increasingly politicized art in the 60s. "I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Marvin, my brother, the star, was so inspired by me that he had written a song about me-for me-a song about the frustrations of a returning Vietnam vet, a song that was so personal and heartfelt I started to cry," Frankie says. The song was "What's Happening, Brother," on the landmark What's Goin' On. With great affection for his deeply flawed family-his father's religious zealotry, his brother's rebellious self-destruction-Frankie himself emerges as a sensitive, cautious peacekeeper and witness, a paradigmatic younger brother to one of music's great voices. 30 b&w photos. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Frankie Gaye was conspicuously quiet after his brother, Marvin, one of Motown's greatest stars, was shot to death by their father in 1984. Though the brothers were close (it was, after all, Frankie who cradled the dying Marvin in his arms), Frankie respectfully waited to tell the story of his brother's life and tragic death until after Marvin Sr. died in 1998. Only glimpses of Frankie's insights have appeared in previous books, so his full story helps to flesh out details about Marvin's artistry and often tortured life. For instance, Marvin's obsession with hearing about Frankie's experiences in Vietnam were the partial inspiration for the landmark What's Going On album. However, the book's most stunning revelation, Marvin's near-death confession to Frankie that he intentionally provoked their father to shoot him as a form of suicide, merely confirms what was already reported in Steve Turner's Trouble Man. Sadly, Frankie did not live to see this book published. He died of a heart attack in 2001, leaving entertainment writer Basten to wade through the hours of taped conversations he had with Frankie to assemble the final product. Marring the project are numerous reconstructed conversations, some attempting to replicate things said more than 40 years ago. Frankie also sidesteps Marvin's struggle to reconcile his deeply held Christian beliefs with his sexual indulgences. Still, this moving memoir complements and adds depth to Turner's work, as well as to David Ritz's Divided Soul. Recommended.-Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879307424
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.94(d)

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Marvin Gaye, My Brother 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marvin Gaye's music has touched my heart in so many ways. Its sad how he passed away. Though I always think about how much his music has inspired so many others the way it has inspired me. My favorite song of his is What's Going On, that one song explains so much of whats going on in the world now. I havn't read this book yet, though am going to buy it Monday. I'm so excited to read a book about one of my favorite singers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a wonderful walk through the life of such a beautiful, talented and tragic character......makes you wish even more that you could have been there to know marvin and frankie, even through the mess. finished the book in one day, highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was exceptionally wonderful. Yet sometimes sad, this is a story that will always remain in your mind, body and soul. DWms, NOLA
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great compilation of Marvin's life and what better way to hear of it than from his brother. I recommend that people go out and purchase this book and see the story behind the story about Marvin. You get to look at Marvin in another way as well as Frankie. It definitely fits the top 10 books to read in my opinion. KM from Chicago