Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye

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[Read by Dion Graham]

Named the #1 Rock Biography of All Time in the New Book of Rock Lists. This is the definitive biography of an enormously gifted and sensitive musician.

In this intimate biography of the Prince of Soul, David Ritz provides a candid look at a star and a friend. Ritz had been collaborating with Marvin Gaye on his story for several years before the singer's tragic death and had conducted a series of extraordinary interviews in which Gaye discussed his deepest secrets. What emerges here is a full-scale portrait of a charming but tortured artist, a brilliant singer with a divided soul. - - Here is Marvin's story, from his early years in the slums of Washington, DC, to his rise to the top of the Motown industry, his fall from grace, his comeback, and finally his sudden, shocking end at the hands of his own father. But it is also the story of his glorious music and the music of black America over the past fifty years, an epic tale whose cast of characters includes Diana Ross, Berry Gordie, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and countless other icons from the world of soul music.

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David Ritz is the coauthor of many bestselling autobiographies of musicians, including Ray Charles, Etta James, Scott Weiland, Grandmaster Flash, and more. He is also the author of Divided Soul, the definitive biography of Marvin Gaye. He has won the Gleason Award for Best Music Book of the Year four times. He lives in Los Angeles.

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One of the most widely acclaimed pop music biographies finally gets the audio treatment. As coauthor of one of Gaye's biggest hits, "Sexual Healing," David Ritz actually knew Marvin Gaye, and their relationship gives this narrative a degree of intimacy rare in biographies. As Ritz explains, Gaye's troubled life was a classic Oedipal drama tinged with psychosexual overtones befitting Gaye's overtly sensual music. At the root of it was the artist's complex relationship with his father, a contradiction that Dion Graham narrates expertly, mimicking the dialects of Marvin and his father. Graham is at ease with the colloquialisms that abound in this rough-and-tumble story of the rhythm-and-blues business and the performer who was at the center of it all until his father tragically took his life. J.S.H. AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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