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American Legends: The Life of Marvin Gaye (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Charles River Editors

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*Includes pictures
*Includes Gaye's quotes about his life and career
*Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“Great artists suffer for the people.” – Marvin Gaye

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

Among the many stars gathered by Berry Gordy’s Motown Records during the latter half of the 20th century, one of the most famous and successful was Marvin Gaye, even though the rigidity of the studio’s operating procedures constantly collided with his capacity for stubbornness and insistence that he be given the independence to pursue his own artistic vision. Of course, it’s easy to see it from both sides; despite the ceaseless thread of masterpieces emerging from Motown studio artists (many of them performed and recorded by Gaye), it might also be said in his defense that as part of the record company’s mission statement, Motown operated in a state of near artistic lockdown where creative input by the artist was concerned. Unapologetically hit-driven, Motown measured success almost solely by chart rankings and units sold, and it naturally avoided any alteration of old formulas that produced results, all of which made Motown the epitome of an efficiently-run music entertainment provider. As Marvin Gaye learned, however, it was not the place in which to nourish his thirst for creative freedom and innovation. To further serve the Motown founder’s vision, even the associated “charm school” of Maxine Powell was designed to train the singers to carry themselves well in any public situation, in accordance with the Motown mission. Gaye considered such a confining regimen to be worse than useless, and he showed no hesitation in saying so. He once complained, “I am not going to be dictated to by fans, certainly. I am dictated enough to by my record company to last me a million years.”

In the construct of Berry Gordy’s vision, only the most successful Motown artists could protest or plead for creative expansion, and concessions were far from guaranteed. Motown made the careers of many famous artists, and they subsequently became household names across America, but it very often served as a studio from which many would move on and branch out once their credentials were established. In dealing with the rare artist and personality of Marvin Gaye, however, Motown met the one individual who could resist and even reshape the studio’s model without leaving, at least until very late in his career.

That said, while What’s Going On bucked the trend so far as Motown was concerned, it can also be said that Gaye himself shaped Motown’s signature sound with hits like "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." Of course, Gaye also influenced the music industry as a whole, particularly the R&B genre. Midnight Love and the hit song “Sexual Healing” are classics that remain instantly recognizable today, and the sound can certainly be heard in the works of subsequent artists.

Gaye’s recording career was full of turbulence, and so was his personal life, a point tragically driven home by the fact that he was shot and killed by his own father the day before his 45th birthday. Before his untimely death, Gaye battled all kinds of demons, including drug abuse and depression, and he had stormy relationships with many of the most important figures in his life. If anything, the chaos surrounding him makes his incredible musical career all the more amazing.

American Legends: The Life of Marvin Gaye looks at the life and career of one of America’s most famous musicians.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1265 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 49 pages
  • Editeur : Charles River Editors (30 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00MATRELC
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Life of Marvin Gaye 23 octobre 2014
Par S Riaz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This short ebook is one of a series about American Legends and this edition looks at the life and career of Marin Gaye. It begins with his troubled childhood and a difficult relationship with his father, which would ultimately end with his father shooting him dead the day before his 45th birthday. Apparently, Gaye’s father always doubted that Marvin was his son and beat both him and his siblings throughout their childhoods.

After a few short lived jobs and a brief stint in the military, Gaye embarked on his career in music. What is described as an ‘escape’ to Motown, reflects a relationship with the record company which would change his life (his first marriage was to Berry Gordy’s sister Anna) and both reward and yet confine him as an artist. Quite a lot of space is given to his influential album, “What’s Going On,” where Gaye fought Gordy’s decision not to release the album as his artist turned from feel good hits to social commentary. This book gives an overview of his career and turbulent life as well as his musical legacy.

Although this is, by no means, an in depth look at Gaye’s life, I did enjoy it as I knew very little about him. If you are interested in learning more, then this is a good starter point and may encourage you to perhaps read a fuller biography or just listen to his music.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Artist, Tragic Life... 27 avril 2015
Par Don Kidwell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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' "Gaye himself shaped Motown's signature sound with hits like "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." ' not to mention his famous duets including numbers like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" as well as "Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing." To have his life ended by his own father is a true tragedy (too many of these vocal artists lived all too brief of lives). I did enjoy learning something of this individual in this brief biography and do recommend giving his music a listen as it is some great stuff!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This Book Gives Us a Fine Review of a Great Singer 24 octobre 2014
Par Joseph T Fegan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is a noble rendition of an exceptionally gifted musical instrument, who has proven to be a great influence as an American icon. His wonderful resonance and graceful tempo was tremendous. Thank you, Charles Rivers Editors, for this fine biography. I treasure Marvin Gaye' s music, and greatly appreciate this fine homage to him.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Thorough overview 27 juin 2015
Par LucyG - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Excellent abbreviated bio of one of American music's tragic losses. Detailed but brief, this book provides some insight into Marvin Gaye's turbulent life and creative drive. Makes me want to dive deeper into the man and his music.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Book! 30 octobre 2014
Par Valerie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I rarely read biographies, but I love Marvin Gaye and, since the book was released by "Charles River" I knew it would be well-written and to the point...I was not disappointed.
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