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Jan Gaye After the Dance

May 23, 201518 min
A riveting cautionary tale about being in love with a legend, AFTER THE DANCE: My Life With Marvin Gaye is a searing memoir of love, drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the widow of soul and sex icon Marvin Gaye. After her seventeenth birthday in 1973, Janis Hunter met Marvin Gaye, the soulful prince of Motown whose chart-topping, socially conscious album “What’s Going On” had made him a superstar two years earlier. Despite a 17-year age difference and Marvin’s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, they began a scorching affair. One moment Jan was a high school student; the next she was spending every day with Marvin; navigating the dark and intriguing world of 1970’s and 1980’s celebrity; hanging with Don Cornelius on the set of Soul Train; and helping to discover new talent like Frankie Beverly and Maze. But the distractions and burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptations of drugs complicated the love they shared. Primar

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