Google+

After the Dance

 

After the Dance

My Life with Marvin Gaye

by Jan Gaye

with David Ritz

Amistad

Hardcover, $25.99

304 pages, Illustrated

ISBN: 978-0-06-213551-3

Book Review by Kam Williams

 

“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-conscious album ‘What’s Going On’ made him a superstar two years earlier. Despite a 17-year age-difference and Marvin’s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, the enchanted teenager and the After the Dance,  My Life with Marvin Gaye,  by Jan Gaye, with David Ritz Amistademotionally-volatile singer began a scorching relationship…

But the burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptations of drugs complicated their love. Primarily silent since Marvin’s tragic death in 1984, Jan at last opens up, sharing the moving, fervently-charged story of one of music history’s most fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and insight, illustrated with sixteen pages of black-and-white photos, ‘After the Dance’reveals what it’s like to be in love with a creative genius who transformed popular culture.”

— Excerpted from the book jacket

 

In 1964, 8 year-old Janis Hunter developed a crush on Marvin Gaye while watching him perform “How Sweet It Is” on American Bandstand. It’s easy to understand why the abandoned child continued to cling to such a seemingly-unattainable fantasy, since it helped her tolerate a miserable existence where she was mistreated almost on a daily basis.

But it’s much harder to fathom how she even ended up living in an unlicensed foster home from infancy into her teens. After all her father was a famous jazz singer, Slim Gaillard, and her mother, Barbara Hunter, hailed from a solidly middle-class background.

The problem was that Jan was born at a time when it was still considered scandalous for a white woman to have a biracial baby out of wedlock. Consequently, she grew up in a house with a dozen other orphans and was routinely subjected to mental, physical and sexual abuse.

At 14, Jan was finally allowed to move in with her mother. One of her friends was music producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote “Let’s Get It On” with Marvin Gaye.

A few years later, Jan was able to meet her idol in the studio during a recording session. The two fell in love at first sight, despite the fact that he was married and over twice her age.

That didn’t discourage them from embarking on a steamy affair that would produce a couple of kids, Nona and Frankie, before the finalization of his divorce from Anna Berry, the sister of Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy. Soon thereafter, however, Jan and Marvin tied the knot in 1977,

 

If only, theirs was a happy-ever-after tale. But no, that was just the start of a terribly tempestuous relationship marked by drugs, depression, infidelity and suicidal tendencies. All of the above and more is recounted in lurid fashion in After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye, a tell-all autobiography co-written by Jan with David Ritz.

 

A skeletons-out-of-the-closet memoir belatedly answering Marvin’s plaintive plea to know “What’s Going On?”

 

To order a copy of After the Dance, visit:  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062135511/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 

Entertainment

Top Ten DVD List for August 30, 2016

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams Top Ten DVD List for August 30, 2016                       The Jungle Book https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01CTNDO58/ref=nosim/thslfofire-20 The Commitments  [25th Anniversary Edition] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01EIS46HM/ref=nosim/thslfofire-20 The Phenom https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01E6ALV02/ref=nosim/thslfofire-20 19-2: Season … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

New Mystery, Double Talk by Sherban Young, Makes You Laugh Out Loud!

  New Mystery, Double Talk by Sherban Young, Makes You Laugh Out Loud! Book Review by Amy Lignor For those who have not yet had the good fortune to pick up a Sherban Young mystery, now is the time to do so! Let’s just say that once you begin reading this title, you will immediately run to the library and/or Amazon and get all the rest. A character with his own series, Warren Kingsley, is back. Warren, a man who has the face and physique of a god (and the ego to … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

ART EXHIBITION: 150 Years After The Civil War

  Cynthia Groya 150 Years After The Civil War: A Contemporary Perspective January 10 - March 6, 2016 Artist's Reception: Sunday, January 24, 3:00 - 5:00 pm Nassau Club 6 Mercer Street  Princeton, NJ 08540 The ideas reflected in Groya's paintings express a conversation about struggle for equal rights in our culture, in our time. The origin of this struggle can be traced to The Civil War in our country, which ended 150 years ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Castles in America

  Castles in America by Amy Lignor   Robin Leach and his “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” taught us all long ago that we absolutely love to sit and view ridiculous luxury (usually owned by people who inherited all of it and didn’t work a day in their lives). See that? We had to complain about something as we were beguiled by the amount of money people would send to own or create the “best of the best.” Even though some things were referred to as the “gaudiest of … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Amazing Emayatzy!

  Emayatzy Corinealdi The “Roots” Interview with Kam Williams Amazing Emayatzy! Born at Fort Knox, Kentucky on January 14, 1980, Emayatzy Corinealdi was an army brat whose family moved around a lot during her childhood as dictated by her dad's military career. After stints around the country and overseas, she put down roots in New Jersey, which enabled her to study at the Actor's Training Studio as well as William Esper Studio. She parlayed a recurring role on the … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Yamaha Revolutionizes Offshore Boating… Again

  Yamaha Revolutionizes Offshore Boating… Again By Ted Lund Yamaha, one of the leading marine  outboard companies that refined the world of offshore power more than five years ago with the introduction of its popular Yamaha F350 outboard, has done it again, introducing a newly-redesigned F350C that is sure to turn heads from single bay boat applications to quad installations on blue water battlewagons [what are blue water battlewagons?[. When introduced in 2007, the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Get Ready for Football!

  Get Ready for Football! by Amy Lignor   There is a time every year where suddenly the sports news gets far more interesting. No. I’m not talking about the Olympics. Thus far the only thing anyone wants to hear about where Rio is concerned is a virus. What I speak of is that familiar smell of pigskin wafting in the air. The time when the (no offense) more boring sports exit the headlines to make way for the one sport that boasts more avid, loud, and loyal … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Calling All Entrepreneurs: Creating “Buzz” For Your Brands

  Calling All Entrepreneurs: Creating “Buzz” For Your Brands by Amy Lignor   This is 2016. This is an election year. “Shark Tank” is a top show on television. And more than ever people want to be entrepreneurs; be in business for themselves and make some money. But even after all this time in the computer-age, entrepreneurs are finding it difficult to see the ‘niches’ they can get into to build their brand so that all consumers know who they are and why their … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Visit the Most Beautiful Nature Locales in the Country

  Visit the Most Beautiful Nature Locales in the Country by Amy Lignor   Wildlife habitat gardens are being created in a variety of locations, in a variety of sizes. There are even those that are funded by some large names and organizations, who are calling out to tourists across the globe to come visit and see what great things are being done to sustain and increase the wildlife community.   These are places that the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has … [Read More its Good for You...]

Google+