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Publisher's Summary

Dear Cary meets Confessions of a Video Vixen in this searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul icon Marvin Gaye.
On her 17th birthday in 1973, Janice 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 16-year-age difference and Marvin's marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown's founder, the star-struck teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship.
One moment Jan was studying high school history; the next she was accompanying Marvin to parties with other pop stars, lounging with Don Cornelius on the set of Soul Train, and helping to discover new talent like Frankie Beverly. But the distractions and burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptations of drugs overshadowed the love they shared and their marriage disintegrated.
Silent since Marvin's tragic death in 1984, Jan at last opens up, sharing the moving, erotically charged story of one of music history's most fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and insight, After the Dance reveals what it's like to ride shotgun on a wave of fame and self-destruction with a tortured genius who helped transform popular culture and whose artistry continues to be celebrated today.
©2015 Jan Gaye (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By T. Brunson on 07-22-15

Answered A Lot of questions and raised even more

Overall this was a great read. I was always intrigued about the relationship between Janis Hunter and Marvin Gaye. This book delivered on answering a lot of questions. I still love Marvin but even after reading Divided Soul, we can see that he was deeply troubled as the result of his brutally abusive childhood. I surely didn't know that he was molested as a child. That puts many of his issues into context. I would have liked to know more about Jan's feelings as she went through the extreme manipulation at Marvin's hands. Clearly, her abandonment issues, sexual abuse issues and physical abuse issues shaded her life as well. She barely touched on these things but it was good that she mentioned them to put some of her more self destructive decisions and actions into context. I have the audio book and will also be purchasing the hard cover for my library. This was the book I have waited years for and it will be a treasured addition to my library. Much love and respect to Janis Hunter for telling her story with the beautiful, fun, good, bad, truth it entails.....

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5 out of 5 stars
By Orsayor Simmons on 05-20-15

When the Dance is Over...

What made the experience of listening to After the Dance the most enjoyable?

Learning thing about Marvin Gaye's life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of After the Dance?

Even though it was sad but reading about Marvin's paranoia - his fear of performing live (who would have thought the man that sang sexual healing dealt with insecurity)

What about Robin Eller’s performance did you like?

Her voice was very calming. It felt as though Jan Gaye was reading the audiobook herself - Robin really connected with the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When the Dance is Over...

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend!

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