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Mercy, Mercy Me The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye

ISBN-10: 0465017703
ISBN-13: 9780465017706
Edition: 2004
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Description: "In this, his most intimate work to date, critic Michael Eric Dyson illuminates Marvin Gaye's stellar achievements and sobering decline, and offers a moving assessment of the enduring legacy of R&B. Combining deft storytelling with provocative  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 1/18/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

"In this, his most intimate work to date, critic Michael Eric Dyson illuminates Marvin Gaye's stellar achievements and sobering decline, and offers a moving assessment of the enduring legacy of R&B. Combining deft storytelling with provocative analysis, Dyson sheds new light on the collaborative process that created such landmarks albums as What's Goin' On and I Want You. Against the backdrop of the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, he offers new insights into Gaye's stormy relationships with women, including duet partner Tammi Terrell and wives Anna Gordy and Janis Hunter. Dyson also examines, in the larger context of African-American life, the heartbreaking legacy of family violence that resulted in Gaye's murder." "Through interviews with a host of figures close to Gaye, including fellow Motown singer Martha Reeves, composer and arranger Leon Ware, sound engineer Art Stewart, and famed Four Tops member Obie Benson, Dyson conjures with thrilling immediacy the recording sessions and racial politics that shaped Gaye's aesthetic. Brilliant, tortured, sensual and soulful, Marvin Gaye reflects the dynamism of contemporary urban America like few others, and in this powerful tesimony, he is rendered with rare grace and uncommon insight."--BOOK JACKET.

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