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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Ritz Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this intimate biography of the Prince of Soul, David Ritz provides a candid look at a star and a friend. Ritz had been collaborating with Marvin Gaye on his story for several years before the singer’s tragic death and had conducted a series of extraordinary interviews in which Gaye discussed his deepest secrets. What emerges here is a full-scale portrait of a charming but tortured artist, a brilliant singer with a divided soul.

Here is Marvin’s story, from his early years in the slums of Washington, DC, to his rise to the top of the Motown industry, his fall from grace, his comeback, and finally his sudden, shocking end at the hands of his own father. But it is also the story of his glorious music and the music of black America over the past fifty years, an epic tale whose cast of characters includes Diana Ross, Berry Gordie, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and countless other icons from the world of soul music.

This is the definitive biography of an enormously gifted and sensitive musician.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A biography as dramatic as any to come out of the pop field…told with sympathy and unflinching candor.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[David Ritz] tells Marvin Gaye’s sorrowful story with remarkable insight and sensitivity…Divided Soul is often startlingly candid, but it manages to avoid lurid sensationalism, no mean feat given the particulars of the story: sex, drugs, child abuse, show business scandal.”


  • “You won’t find a more fascinating rock bio.”

    Village Voice

  • “One of the most widely acclaimed pop music biographies finally gets the audio treatment. As coauthor of one of Gaye’s biggest hits, ‘Sexual Healing,’ David Ritz actually knew Marvin Gaye, and their relationship gives this narrative a degree of intimacy rare in biographies…At the root of it was the artist’s complex relationship with his father, a contradiction that  Dion Graham narrates expertly, mimicking the dialects of Marvin and his father. Graham is at ease with the colloquialisms that abound in this rough-and-tumble story of the rhythm-and-blues business and the performer who was at the center of it all until his father tragically took his life.”


  • “Dion Graham channels Marvin Gaye in his riveting performance of Ritz’s 1985 biography of the singer.”

    Library Journal

  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2009
  • New Book of Rock Lists: #1 Rock Biography of all time

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Heather | 1/16/2014

    " Started this in 2010, but got disinterested in it. People, almost purposefully, ruining their lives for drugs and women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vicky Beltz | 1/15/2014

    " Always interested in reading about famous people who's work I enjoy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Raffi | 1/6/2014

    " Ritz is absurdly pretentious. I only bring this up because his self-serving writing style begins to distract from the actual content after a while. I really doubt this is the best Marvin Gaye biography as everyone seems to believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 1/2/2014

    " I read this book several years ago but it was so good I had to add it to encourage others to read. I don't read many biopics but this one was great. "

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