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4.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 5 4.04 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Ritz Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781455188093
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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.”

    Nation

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmanuel | 12/5/2013

    " Amazing and revealing book! Must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/21/2013

    " Excellent material. From the despised similarities between Marvin and his Father, Marvin's insecurities, frame of mind and musical talent, Ritz displayed a sidekick view of Mr. Gaye. Interesting, entertaining, disheartening, and insightful. Appreciate the detailed journey of Marvin Gaye. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie | 10/28/2013

    " Love the music, love the DC connection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 7/25/2013

    " A well written and fascinating look at a complex, but self-destructive human being. He was truly a conflicted soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Washington | 6/30/2013

    " I read this book over the summer. It is interesting because it tells the story of one of our greatest singers.It tells the story of his childhood to adulthood and his many personal struggles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiof | 5/10/2013

    " lots of anecdotes in this I will never forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RK Byers | 4/8/2013

    " i read this in college. this was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stéphanie | 3/21/2012

    " It really deserves the title of "#1 Rock Biography of All Time." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mac | 2/25/2012

    " Good read on the life of a legend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Simpson | 2/15/2012

    " Excellent book! Learned so much about this gifted man, his childhood, and how he came to be! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Chamberlayne | 12/26/2011

    " Marvin Gaye was a complex man who beared his soul in his music "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 11/14/2011

    " For me it was a definitive view into Marvin's life and music, until i read the biography by his brother, Frankie Gaye, which refuted a lot of Ritz's claims and provided a more complete and personal story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mary erb | 8/10/2011

    " there are a lot of academic references in this book. which can be kind of annoying because they do not add to the richness of Gaye's story, they only detract from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 7/22/2011

    " I studied Motown music theory in grad school and love all things Motown. This book provides a great history of Gaye's life and timeline of Motown's earlier years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/1/2011

    " What I learned from this book - drugs are bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/21/2011

    " It was a really interesting read, but I only gave this 3 stars due to the skimming over of so much of his life, along with the fact that parts seem really jumbled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 5/24/2011

    " Raw, honest and spoken from the heart. forget all you have read in the press about Mr. Weiland and hear it from him yourself. its a read you wont regret, fan or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/21/2011

    " This book was absolutely amazing! I've always loved STP and Scott Weiland, and I've been waiting 15 years for this book. It was worth the wait. This book is well written, heartfelt, emotional, and honest. A must read for any STP fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/19/2011

    " No big surprises, but still a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd | 5/18/2011

    " It was okay I have read better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/1/2011

    " Great book. I finished it in only two days. Scott's life story is very interesting. Lots of ups and downs. The frenetic pace of his story telling was pretty interesting too. Such a shame he ever had to get hooked on drugs. Glad he's over it though. "

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About the Author

David Ritz is the author and coauthor of many acclaimed autobiographies of entertainers, including Ray Charles, Etta James, Scott Weiland, Grandmaster Flash, and more. Five of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, and he has won the Gleason Award for Best Music Book of the Year four times.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of dozens of Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.