After the Dance - Jan Gaye & David Ritz

After the Dance

By Jan Gaye & David Ritz

  • Release Date: 2015-05-19
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
After the Dance book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 127 Ratings)

After the Dance Jan Gaye & David Ritz Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

A riveting cautionary tale about the ecstasy and dangers of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued by all—and a searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul icon Marvin Gaye.

After her seventeenth 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 seventeen-year-age difference and Marvin’s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, the enchanted teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship.

One moment Jan was a high school student; the next she was accompanying Marvin to parties, navigating the intriguing world of 1970s-‘80s celebrity; hanging with Don Cornelius on the set of Soul Train, and helping to discover new talent like Frankie Beverly. 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 and whose artistry continues to be celebrated today.

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  • After the Dance

    1
    By takis07
    The book is money to her and why did she cheat and do drugs with young children He can’t say what’s true because he’s dead and personally she didn’t need to tear him down . After his father murdered him she Has the audacity to write garbage and does she think of her children I think not . Simply an opportunist and not very nice at all don’t read this garbage.
  • Loved it

    5
    By Kdkskdidjemsksd
    Raw and honest .
  • Love

    5
    By Love MUSIX
    Amazing!
  • Marvin an Jan

    5
    By Sharon Baker
    Beautiful love reading your love story
  • Great Read!!!

    5
    By Precey
    Great read very interesting!!!
  • Insightful

    5
    By Traveler2828
    I'm such a huge, huge Marvin Gaye fan. From other books and articles, I understood he had many demons. Still, this book was shocking and sad. It holds up a mirror that allows us to see Jan, as well as Marvin, and into their world, from her perspective. The book didn't hold back and was thoughtfully well written. Definitely worth reading and for true fans will cement your understanding that Marvin's music genius was birthed by his childhood family dynamics and ensuing emotional pain that ruled his turbulent adult life. He was both tragic and brilliant and sought out a very young partner who couldn't recognize the difference because she too had her own demons and insecurities She owned her life story in this book but it's remarkable that she survived to tell it.
  • After the Dance

    5
    By Jan Gaye & David Ritz
    Wish there were pictures😒
  • A Good Read

    5
    By StillBlessedwithOneLess
    A very interesting and fast moving read. I Always loved Marvin Gaye and this books gives a good back story to let the reader see some of the struggles, and challenges of a truly amazing artist.
  • Outstanding Story

    5
    By K. Lenice
    I was compelled by this book! If you love autobiographies and a great story...read this! Janis Gaye's life w/ Marvin Gaye was shocking, sad and sweet. For this lady to still be standing is only the grace of God! This is an EXCELLENT book! I could not put this book down. I would recommend this book to all! Be prepared to shed tears. I can see how this book took decades to write. Powerful!
  • Sadly Depressing

    2
    By Jaismine4455
    A really depressing story.....

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