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Marvin Gaye, My Brother Hardcover – 30 May 2003

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; First Edition, First Impression edition (30 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879307420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879307424
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Frankie Gaye was a composer and singer, whose experiences in the Vietnam War were credited with influencing his older brother Marvin's album What's Going On. He died in December 2001 at the age of 60. Fred E. Basten, of Santa Monica, has written twenty books on Hollywood and entertainment.

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I'm quite A big Marvin Gaye fan, and i'm interested about reading about the life's of celebrities/stars, especially about those with such troubled life's as Marvin Gaye. From the start this book which mainly got it's information from Marvin's brother (and they were very close) set's out to correct what has been written in the past, to shed light on dark areas and to help us to understand the Marvin Gaye Psyche. It is filled with interesting information from when he was a little child and in detail his untimely end. I read this book in 4 hours flat, I couldn't put it down, once i had started reading i had to finish, even if your not a fan of Marvin Gaye you will appreciate his life story. A bargain in hard back.
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this is a great read I must say about the sad life of one of my music Hero's by some one who knew the real MG and how his life was and sadly how it ended I recommend this book
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Fabulous read
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Brother's Memoir 13 Feb. 2014
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I rate Frankie Gaye's book 4 stars (5 if you're a Marvin fan) for one reason - it is readable and provides a different perspective. Simply written and clear, the book doesn't try to pretend to analyze Marvin's life or music.

The main criticism of the book from others is that it doesn't go deep enough or tell the whole story. My counter to the critics is: why would we expect it to? As a brother, Frankie writes as one might expect - anecdotally, and in a sentimental tone here and there. That was his prerogative. Sibling biographies including Jermaine Jackson's book on Michael, inevitably leave out certain details. As a reader, we have to take it with a pinch of salt. I appreciated certain details about Marvin's life that I believe, could have only come from Frankie's eyes. His experiences in Vietnam that led in some ways to Marvin's social consciousness album What's Going On; the small moments between brothers; and Marvin's aspirations and character insights. Those who want to read about Marvin's erratic behavior won't get a juicy expose here - but that is already documented in David Ritz's Divided Soul.

Yes, the book does gloss over certain details. One should also note when Frankie is paraphrasing Marvin. Again, I take it as what it is - words from Marvin's mouth. The big question mark some readers have is over how Marvin and Frankie's father was characterised. Critics thought Frankie was too gentle on his dad. Well, he was his father's son after all. And Marvin's "snub" of Princess Margaret in London is also not covered in detail as it is in David Ritz's book. Still, it seems strange to brand the book as a superficial account of Marvin. It isn't. Neither does the book try to idealize the man.

The value of the book is in the early years and even in Marvin's final moments. Most of all, I appreciated that it was different from David Ritz's Divided Soul - the definitive biography and one of my favourite books. For a more complete Marvin read - buy that book. But this is certainly part of Marvin's legend and canon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvin Gaye 29 Feb. 2016
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The book was received before time and was in good condition as stated. I cannot wait to indulge in this story and write a review about it. Marvin Gaye's life was filled with happiness, success, depression, wealth and tragedy. If only he was still here, he would have turned music on it's ear. There will never be another Marvin Gaye
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book! 2 Feb. 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book . . . I loved that it was from his brother's account of his life. He told us about the letters Marvin wrote to him during his road tours.

He gave us an insight of his father, mother and sisters. He also let us know that although his father had a different way of doing things, he did indeed know Marvin's limitations. He taught Marvin to play the piano and he let us know his early shyness before he became a big star.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. Highly recommended 23 Jun. 2016
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Very good book. Highly recommended. Gets a little wordy & veer off from Marvin a few times but still a great read
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvin Gaye, My Brother 11 Feb. 2013
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Big Marvin Gaye fan. Read every book about the man I could find. Fabulous singer, song writer, one of the best whose work has stood the test of time. His work will still be relevant years from now. Enjoyed the book especially by a sibling who grew up with Marvin and had knowledge and information on the man and the family dynamics that shaped him.
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