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Marvin Gaye, My Brother (Book) Hardcover – April 1, 2003
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I was hoping to learn the hardcore, real reason Marvin Sr. shot Marvin. Frankie can only speculate, and since Marvin Sr. is gone, the world will never really have a clear understanding what happened the fateful day that shook the music world. What was appalling then--and still is now--is that Marvin Sr. didn't even get much of a slap on the wrist. The crime is given the almost-justifiable gloss of "Marvin had it coming." Like another reviewer mentions, no one in the family ever sought professional help for Marvin, and if everyone thought the man was such a loose cannon, why didn't they? It's my guess that Marvin Sr. would have blocked that attempt anyway, given that he was such an attention hound, to hear Frankie tell it. Frankie makes it clear that Marvin Sr. caused a significant amount of pain to his own family, through routine unemployment, anger-loaded outbursts, and all-around childishness. I had heard that Marvin and his sibs were abused sexually as children, but not a word of that appears in this book.
The book isn't bad, but I agree with the reviewer who noted that the co-author didn't seem to have a voice within the pages, and I believe that would have made the book much less subjective. Frankie writes as if he is sitting in front of you, just talking about his brother, so the tone and style are very loose and informal. Not a bad book, but I think there are better, more meaty biographies out there.Read more ›
I will correct a few misconceptions a reader will get from "Marvin Gaye: My Brother." Another reviewer, A Reader, has corrected others.
*It is well-documented that Rev. Marvin Gay, Sr., was physically and emotionally abusive to his wife and children. He seldom worked and was a drinker, despite his religious zealotry. He also was a cross-dresser and there were questions about whether he was bisexual or homosexual, as ran in his family. Frankie Gaye skims over or tries to cover up these facts.
*Frankie and Marvin Gaye were not close as adults. Though Frankie was on hand for some of the later significant events in Marvin's life, he was living a separate life in Washington, D.C., and later, California, when his brother descended into drug addiction, sexual profligacy and possible insanity. Oddly, neither he nor other family members ever sought psychiatric help for Marvin Gaye.
*Marvin Gaye's impressive contributions to American music occurred in spite of, not because of, his warped family. Frankie Gaye's attempt to credit the Gay household for his brother's talent is ludicrous.Read more ›
by Frankie Gaye, brother of Marvin but his view is clouded, in an attempt to clean up embarrassing details in his family. For instance; his mother is quoted as saying her husband never loved Marvin and told her so, she also says her husband was a cross-dresser and wore her gowns, panties, and hose. Which is reiterated by Marvin. But Frankie in a couple of sentences says his father never cross-dressed and loved Marvin dearly and moves on. He claims David Ritz (author of Marvin's first Biography) only met Marvin briefly one day overseas, and that Marvin didnt open up or discuss much, but yet Ritz puts out his 1985 book filled with Marvin quotes and stories, including interviews from family and friends. Frankie also dedicates a whole chapter to Marvin's letters that were written to him while he was serving in Vietnam. Yet he was quoted as saying in the early 80's that he was so hurt that Marvin never wrote him back while he was in vietnam leaving his fellow soldiers to believe he was lying about Marvin being his brother. Marvin left Washington D.C. for Detroit and only wanted to keep in contact with his mother. But his father, brothers ,and sisters remained in her house for years and they kind of came with the territory. He deliberately kept his real family away as he started over again with the powerful Gordy family. He claimed them as the family he always wanted. Even the pictures in Frankie's book are skimpy and reprints of what we have already seen. Marvin makes very little mention of Frankie in interviews and claims Smokey and Harvey Fuqua as dear friends.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. Sad, the author died before it was published. Marvin was indeed a troubled man.Published 2 months ago by Brenda F.
Good book. I don't why he didn't talk about the "I Want You " album.Published 14 months ago by Norris Irving Heath
The most truthful, real account of the life and times of the greatest soul singer of all times
Gone, but not forgotten
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. Read morePublished 24 months ago by G. YEO
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. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Geni W.
After reading this book, I bought a CD recorded by Frankie Gaye. The relationship they had was very special and close. The pictures were great. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Monica Harbison
It was a good book. I knew that Marvin had been killed by his father but I did not know about all the other things that happened in his life.,Published on April 18, 2013 by Tammy Brooks