By David Ritz, Jan Gaye
A riveting cautionary story in regards to the ecstasy and hazards of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued via all—and a searing memoir of gear, intercourse, and old-fashioned R&B from the spouse of mythical soul icon Marvin Gaye.
After her 17th birthday in 1973, Janis Hunter met Marvin Gaye—the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice whose chart-topping, socially wide awake album What’s Going On made him a star years prior. regardless of a seventeen-year-age distinction and Marvin’s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, the enchanted teen and the emotionally risky singer started a hot relationship.
One second Jan used to be a highschool pupil; the subsequent she used to be accompanying Marvin to events, navigating the exciting global of 1970s-‘80s star; placing with Don Cornelius at the set of Soul Train, and aiding to find new expertise like Frankie Beverly. however the burdens of reputation, the chaos of dysfunctional households, and the impossible to resist temptations of gear advanced their love.
Primarily silent in view that Marvin’s tragic dying in 1984, Jan eventually opens up, sharing the relocating, fervently charged tale of 1 of track history’s so much fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and perception, illustrated with 16 pages of black-and-white photographs, After the Dance finds what it’s wish to be in love with an inventive genius who transformed pop culture and whose artistry remains to be celebrated this present day.
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Jones said. I tried to explain again why I was asking questions, but Mr. Jones had been hurt too many times by lies and by the truth in print, and he was nowhere near ready to trust a writer. He told me that their youngest child, Barbara, born in 1946, now a physical education teacher, wanted no part of anything to do with Brian, and he asked me to leave her alone. He ground his teeth again. But he couldn't stop himself from talking and bringing out family photograph albums. One photograph showed Brian about five years old, playing with a grey tabby cat.
Finally the flashes stopped and for a long moment there were no questions, no one could think what to ask, the confrontation was enough: three years ago when the Stones last toured the United States, most of the people now here to interview them were teenagers screaming in darkened arenas their adoration of the Stones, who were going in the interim to be arrested, to swap women, to break up, to die, and yet here they are, elbows on the table. The younger reporters, most of whom if the place had been raided would probably have gone down for possession of dope, did not look like any the Stones had seen before at an American press conference.
We all sat down, Mrs. Jones in a chair at one end of the room, me at the other end, Mr. Jones in the middle, gazing at the cold fireplace. I tried to explain what I was doing, but the room was capturing all my mind. It contained, besides us and an orange tomcat, typically turgid English furnishings, an old Heathkit record player, an older radio, a black and white television set, a flowering bonsai tree under a glass dome, an American Indian figurine given to each of the Stones in 1964 by the German teen magazine Bravo, and on the mantle over the fireplace, a little rubber doll with bright red trousers and a white mane of spun nylon hair, the most vulgar possible caricature of Brian, and yet it seemed a totem to him, the central object in this tiny grotesque room.
After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye by David Ritz, Jan Gaye