I couldn't put it down
I have to admit i was fascinated by this book soon after i picked it up. everyone knows marvin gaye's often hypersexed music, but it's intriguing to hear the story behind all of that music. his internal struggles and unstable life are chronicled in surprising detail. a serious downfall of many music biographies is their inability to adequately tie the events of the subject's life with the music being made at the time. this book does not fall into that trap, maybe because gaye's music was such a personal endeavor, or maybe because the author was a friend of the artist. this friendship between author and subject is the one problem i had with the book. many times, ritz fawns over the genius of marvin gaye, at times sounding as if god himself could not achieve such wonderful artistry. don't get me wrong, gaye was a uniquely talented, one-of-a-kind musician. it's just a little much at times. nonetheless, ritz does not shy away from the many negative influences in gaye's life, and tells a story of the man that is both inspiring and tragic. i would consider this book one of the finer examples of musician biographies. ritz's closeness to marvin gaye allows him to tell first-source accounts of a troubled person, and concedes that at times marvin was a man that even he could not figure out.