Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye

Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye

by David Ritz

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The Life of Marvin Gaye: Divided Soul is the definitive biography of an enormously gifted and sensitive musician.

David Ritz presents his uniquely candid and intimate account of the tumultuous life of the Prince of Soul music, Marvin Gaye.

Assembling years of conversations and interviews from his life as a close friend and lyricist to the gifted Soul sensation, Ritz tells the Marvin Gaye story with fly-on-the-wall accuracy and detail. From his early years as an abused child in the slums of Washington DC, through his rise to the very peaks of the Motown phenomenon, his fall from grace and subsequent comeback, to his untimely death at the hands of his father, Marvin's story is the stuff of legends.

The cast of characters includes the Jacksons, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and countless other icons of the world of soul music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857121608
Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
Publication date: 01/07/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 469,567
File size: 7 MB

About 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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Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story about someone who was so talented and so giving, but dangerously insecure and self-destructive. Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ritz captures the essence of a man whose story I predict will be echoed for years. Gaye's charisma rivaled that of any entertainer of recent times. The book goes in depth to reveal his sexual confusion and frustration with his artistry, yet does so in a classy way. Accounts of his meetings with Martin Luther King and his love hate relationship with Diana Ross stood out most for me. The book has a handy index which allows for cross-referencing and easy reviewing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An honest portrayal of the R&B legend... which is a great read. A personal fan of MG,the book helped me to learn more about him as a person, rather than a singer. Only problem I have with author David Ritz is that he will give the reader small info at points (as in his battle for rights over the song, Sexual Healing'), but not go into enough detail as to reveal the outcome. That was extremely annoying. But all in all, I loved the book. It helped me to see another side to show business.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Divided Soul was a great book on another Motown tragedy - and perhaps it's biggest sex symbol and star. The book gives insight into MG's on-going search for true love and understanding. The Gordy family, Motown, the fans, his father, or his women - poor Marvin was a soul in search of completeness & true love. It's as if the musical legend himself wrote it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Ritz , put love and time into this work. He proivided info beyond any other and he to the loss the pain and the gain. For a maximum effect it would be recommended to listen to his albums(CD's, Tapes) if you can while reading the chapters. Marvin delivers his life up for auction to the reader. Marvin proves that success is nothing to toy with. Reading the book you will get the notion that only the strong survives. There is victory there is failures and at the end the long cominf death.
Guest More than 1 year ago
from the outside, it seems to be a terrifying prospect to be a musical genius. i would never want to be trapped in the kind of life that we read about in the (auto) biographies that are available. it seems that in order to be appreciated as an historically significant figure in any genre of music, one needs to be tormented, pychotic, suicidal or manic-depressive, at the least.
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