After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye by David Ritz, Jan Gaye

By David Ritz, Jan Gaye

A riveting cautionary story in regards to the ecstasy and risks of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued via all—and a searing memoir of gear, intercourse, and old-fashioned R&B from the spouse of mythical soul icon Marvin Gaye.

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 wide awake album What’s Going On made him a celebrity years prior. regardless of a seventeen-year-age distinction and Marvin’s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, the enchanted teen and the emotionally unstable singer begun a sizzling relationship.

One second Jan was once a highschool pupil; the following she used to be accompanying Marvin to events, navigating the exciting global of 1970s-‘80s big name; striking with Don Cornelius at the set of Soul Train, and supporting to find new expertise like Frankie Beverly. however the burdens of popularity, the chaos of dysfunctional households, and the impossible to resist temptations of gear advanced their love.

Primarily silent due to the fact that Marvin’s tragic dying in 1984, Jan ultimately opens up, sharing the relocating, fervently charged tale of 1 of track history’s such a lot fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and perception, illustrated with 16 pages of black-and-white pictures, After the Dance finds what it’s prefer to be in love with an artistic genius who transformed pop culture and whose artistry is still celebrated at the present time.

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It has often been observed that there was a fundamental difference between them, in that Livia did not earn a reputation for exploiting sex as a political weapon. Tacitus, for instance, concedes that she possessed an ‘old-fashioned’ virtue. But sex was clearly an important factor in clinching her marriage to Octavian. 8 From this point on, comparison between the supposed sexual standards of Livia and Agrippina is hardly relevant; Livia had nothing political to gain from sexual intrigue, since her husband the emperor survived long enough for her to ensure the succession for her son.

Unfortunately, Julia the Younger chose to follow in their mother Julia’s footsteps, which not unexpectedly also led to her mother’s fate. 33 Julia the Younger was married to Lucius Aemilius Paullus, consul in AD 1 and they produced a daughter Aemilia Lepida but beyond this we know very little of her earlier life, apart from Pliny’s remark that Julia owned the largest house in Rome and the smallest dwarf. Tacitus informs us that she was convicted of adultery (in AD 8) and exiled to Trimerus off the Apulian coast, where she was sustained by allowances from Livia until her death twenty years later.

When little Caligula joined his mother he became the favourite of the soldiers, dressing up in a diminutive soldier’s uniform and wearing small caligae, the hobnailed boots worn by Roman soldiers, which gave him his familiar nickname. Tacitus’ handling of this episode is interesting. Caligula’s imposture of a miniature soldier was almost certainly his mother’s idea, or at the very least condoned by her, and was an undisguised attempt to court the popularity of the legions, behaviour which, had it been exhibited by her daughter, would have been condemned outright as a shameless scheme to extend her influence.

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