After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye

After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye

After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye

After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062135520
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 422,127
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Jan Gaye is the second wife of the legendary recording artist Marvin Gaye and the mother of his children, Nona and Frankie Gaye. Born in Los Angeles, she currently resides in Rhode Island.

David Ritz is the author of the acclaimed novels The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn and Blue Notes Under a Green Felt Hat. He is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Book of the Year Award. He's also cowritten the memoirs of many celebrities.

Table of Contents

Distant Lover 1

Sensitive People 10

Mushrooms in the Desert 21

Come Get to This 33

8850 Cattaraugus 45

In Love with the Night 58

Impatient for Your Love 65

Topanga 71

"Jan" 81

Mother, Mother 89

The Beast 100

The Beauty 108

Raw Soul 115

Blessings and Burdens 123

A Deepening Maze 135

Wanting 142

Return to the Maze 148

Family Love 159

Faith 170

Finally Free 180

Hawaii is Heaven/Hawaii is Hell 190

Mind Games 199

Betrayal 206

The Dance 212

War 221

Escalation 228

The Pipe 233

Reunited 240

The Commotion 252

"Isn't it Funny How Things Turn Around?" 262

Toe Beginning of the End 268

The End 275

The Beginning 284

Gratitude 287

Acknowledgments 291

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