Marvin Gaye and Jan Gaye for Sunday PostScript. Her book "After the Dance." Photos courtesy of Jan Gaye.
Marvin Gaye and Jan Gaye for Sunday PostScript. Her book “After the Dance.” Photos courtesy of Jan Gaye.

The book is a great read. Many young people only came to know Marvin Gaye’s music through the Pharell and  Robin Thicke. If you are a Generation Xer you remember hearing Marvin Gaye’s music on a Saturday morning. By the time we came of age we could only remember his tragic death at the hands of his father.


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 ofSoul 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.

The book takes you into the studio with Marvin as he records his big comeback hit, ‘Sexual Healing’. You meet Marvin in dark dangerous places and root for him to get better.

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.

Here 3 reasons why you must read

1- Music History lesson. You get a vivid picture of life with promoters and what can happen when they do not have your interests at heart. The Motown machine was a monster. I couldn’t help but think about the character Jimmy in Dream Girls. The performing in a robe was the moment.

2- Self worth lesson. Jan’s self worth was damaged by the insecurities of a man that was at the heart of the matter damaged.

3- Survival You understand that no matter where you are and what you are doing you can always change course.

I suggest you download it!

Leave a Reply


%d bloggers like this: