By David Ritz, Jan Gaye
A riveting cautionary story in regards to the ecstasy and risks 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 wakeful album What’s Going On made him a celebrity years past. regardless of a seventeen-year-age distinction and Marvin’s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, the enchanted youngster and the emotionally risky singer all started a sizzling relationship.
One second Jan was once a highschool pupil; the following she used to be accompanying Marvin to events, navigating the exciting global of 1970s-‘80s big name; putting with Don Cornelius at the set of Soul Train, and assisting to find new expertise like Frankie Beverly. however the burdens of status, the chaos of dysfunctional households, and the impossible to resist temptations of substances advanced their love.
Primarily silent on the grounds that Marvin’s tragic demise in 1984, Jan eventually opens up, sharing the relocating, fervently charged tale of 1 of track history’s such a lot 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 artistic genius who transformed pop culture and whose artistry is still celebrated this present day.
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Extra info for After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye
It was like Marat/Sade . . ” But after a handful of songs, Jim stopped in the middle of “Back Door Man” and announced “I want to tell you about something that happened just two minutes ago right here in New Haven. ,” then began regaling the audience with the story of his encounter with the cop. The rest of the band continued vamping behind him; skilled improvisers, they were used to following Jim wherever his raps would take him. ” And the grumbles of protest from the audience only grew louder when Jim ﬁnally informed the crowd he’d been sprayed in the face, adding to the growing tension.
The Doors were naturally going to perform “Light My Fire,” but Jim at the 9illage Theatre, September 9, 1967. The venue was later taken over by Bill Graham and reopened as the Fillmore East. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images 42 The Doors Precht told them they couldn’t say the word “higher” on national television—drug connotations. ” But Bob Precht was nonetheless outraged. He room, the band decided to keep the song as-is. stormed into the band’s dressing room afterward, furi- Because of the fuss “Light My Fire” would pro- ous that Jim had sung the forbidden word.
Jim’s opening yell, the haunting lines about the scream Instead, a troupe of circus performers was seen in the foreground—a strong man, juggler, acrobat—while a poster featuring the band’s picture (taken from the back cover of the ﬁrst album) was posted on a wall off to the side. Though it had an undeniably European feeling, with the presence of the circus troupe leading more than one reviewer to describe it as “Fellini-esque,” Brodsky actually shot the photo in Manhattan, in an alley called Sniffen Court off of East 36th Street.
After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye by David Ritz, Jan Gaye