[EPUB] Divided Soul The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz
EPUB Divided Soul The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz
Although I ve been a fan of his music since I was a kid I knew very little about Marvin Gaye s life aside from the fact that he was shot to death by his own father before eading this biography Author David Ritz does a thorough job of econstructing the highs and lows of Gaye s 44 years including his abusive childhood two unhealthy marriages drug use and long oad to superstardom Ritz portrays him as a incorrigibly insecure man tortured by the psychological wounds inflicted upon him by his father It s fascinating to hear the complex truth behind a man often portrayed as a one dimensional sex symbolThe book s only flaws come when Ritz who met Gaye late in life and conducted a few extended interviews with the man himself inserts himself into the narrative He epeatedly ecounts times when he taught Marvin about words of wisdom from philosophers cultural critics novels and eligious texts that conveniently sum up exactly what Gaye had gone through at certain points in his life Whether or not these moments are true they come off as pompous But despite these annoying details Divided Soul is still an engrossing look at Gaye s shockingly sad life Great biography of Marvin Gaye I would consider it definitive SO FAR given the author s interviews with Marvin and those closest to him However I could do with a lot less of David Ritz s personal opinions and analysis about Marvin He managed to insert himself in Jan Gaye s autobiography by making sure he was credited for giving Marvin the idea for Sexual Healing he also found a way to insert himself in this one I didn t notice it the first time I ead this but it was super obvious and annoying this time Marvin Gaye is my favorite singer of all time Here My Dear and I Want You are stunning albums I never get tired of listening to them My obsession with Marvin s music lead me to this book A voice in my head kept telling me that I needed to hear his story After eading David Ritz s book with Rick James I immediately went to purchase his books about Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles I wanted to know the stories behind the music There s nothing I love than learning what inspired the musicians I love to listen to to make the music they made To an extent I have an issue with this book It s not a large issue But it s hard to eally love this book because it s not eally Marvin s point of view We get bits and pieces of Marvin s thoughts and mindset But this book was told from David s perception of Marvin s life Also I don t eally trust this book too much considering Marvin had issues with David for a few years Although I commend David for doing the best that he could He interviewed the people closest to Marvin to try and make this book as truthful as possible This book evealed to me that Marvin was mentally ill This. Drawing from interviews conducted before Marvin Gaye's death acclaimed music writer David Ritz has created a full scale portra.
Book showcased what it is like to be mentally ill in the black community The stigma of mental illness in the black community is the eason many black people self medicate to get through Marvin showed signs of paranoia mania self hatred and had struggled with suicidal ideation I can t help but wonder if anyone ever gave him the talk in his time Most likely noMarvin confused love and pain Marvin s music in a nutshell is about his fears of inadeuacy and his obsession with the idea of woman Marvin s love and hate elationship for women comes from his dislike for his mother Marvin claimed to love his mother than anything else But in a way I feel he didn t truly espect her for allowing his father to abuse him and her in every way He wanted his mother to be strong and use the voice he didn t have to stand up to his father It s telling that the one time he had the strength to challenge his father that was the time he was murdered by him Marvin had a fear of living Marvin s fear of living due to childhood trauma and feeling inadeuate hurt his career Sure Marvin eleased some stunning albums that have lasted generation through generation but Marvin could have done so much had his mental issues not gotten in the wayMarvin s elationships with Anna and Jan were toxic Marvin was searching for a mother and a father in every elationship he got into He didn t know how to be in a elationship with anyone because he never saw a true loving normal elationship growing up He didn t see women as his eual Marvin s inability to sympathize with women also hurt his artistry He saw women as either all good or all bad All sensual evil beings or Godly pure women here to heal If Marvin truly learned how to love a woman he would have been able to elease an album for women in the vein of I Want You without sexualizing the woman In the end Marvin Gaye was incapable of achieving the love he felt he deserved because of his obsession with suffering Marvin was in every sense a masochist Marvin didn t love himself so the love he eceived from others didn t matter This book was good as good as possible but not as good as it could have been I believe that s because the author David Ritz was too close to the subject Knowing that Ritz and Gaye had a ollercoaster elationship that included litigation and disputes over money there was no way I can take Ritz s biography at face value Even though the story of Divided Soul is nonfiction it is told in the voice of an unreliable narratorDon t get me wrong I give Ritz a lot of credit for this work This was heavily esearched and there was a lot of in depth interviews with Marvin Gaye s close friends and family The interviewees including Marvin himself are I liked this book As my first biography of Marvin Gaye it seemed to be a compreh. It of the brilliant but tormented artist With a cast of characters that includes Diana Ross Berry Gordy Smokey Robinson and St.
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Ensive view of his life and struggles As for the author I m not a big fan His detailed accounts of the people places and circumstances that spanned the decades of Gaye s career were appreciated but I could have done without the flowery language used in between those stories to portray him as a tragic hero I was distracted enough to skip over paragraphs at a time and I m a little hesitant to try another of Mr Ritz books I guess I would ecommend it in spite of that Consider this a 35 star eview Fascinating Tragic Compelling Heartbreaking Engrossing Page Turner An Awesome Read I Loved It The ending of this book is so surprising and usually you don t get twists in biographies Something very unusual about Marvin Gaye was that his first wife was 17 years older than him the marriage lasted 12 years His second marriage was to a 17 year old girl 16 years younger than him This marriage lasted 5 years officially but they were together on and off until his deathMarvin Gaye had been ejected by his father from birth and spent the est of his life trying to win his father s approval and love he didn t get either view spoilerI can identify with this because of my mother It brought me close to tears eading of Marvin s striving hide spoiler This was actually a pretty compelling book My friend ecommended that I ead it because I am a huge Marvin Gaye fan however he passed away before I was alive so a lot of his back history for me was unknown After eading this book his album Here My Dear even I Want You make so much sense to me Parts of the book which were uncovered by Ritz in his interviews with Gaye were a little bizarre to me for example his father essentially cross dressing and Gaye exhibiting the same behavior as well as his attitudes towards sex One of the things that I found most interesting while eading this book was the part about Tami Terrell I emember watching her UnSung a few months ago and Valerie Simpson said that despite the umors about their final album she did not sing any of Terrell s vocals when she got sick however This was a brisk ead but the author clearly has his own biases And there are several large gaps perhaps due to his lack of access to interviewees Gaye s wives viewpoints in particular are glaringly absent This often makes lists of best music biographies And I can see why It is based on years of interviews with Marvin Gaye who was usually stoned And seems well esearched and the writer is well connected so was able to verify things after Marvin s death and talk to his mother and so on And if you love memoir and biography you need to ead this But it had downsides The author incorporates too much of himself frankly yawn and the ebook was filled with typos And Marvin What a troubled guy At times it was stressful to ea. Evie Wonder this intimate biography is a definitive and enduring look at the man who embodied the very essence of the word sou.