'Things ain’t what they used to be’: Marvin Gaye and the making of “What’s Going On”

Charnock, Ruth (2012) 'Things ain’t what they used to be’: Marvin Gaye and the making of “What’s Going On”. United Academics: Journal of Social Sciences, 2 (13). pp. 88-100. ISSN 2212-5736

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Born 1939 in Washington, D.C, Marvin Pentz Gay Jnr (who later added the “e” to his name) was one of four born to a
mother he remained devoted to throughout his life and a father whose cross-dressing tendencies he reportedly found both humiliating and confusing. A minister for a small Hebrew Pentecostal sect, according to his daughter, Marvin Gay Snr. was not one to “spare the rod” when it came to his children. Violence coursed through Gaye’s life (in a BBC Radio 2 documentary to commemorate the 40th anniversary of What’s Going On, Gaye also alluded to
frequent scuffles with Motown boss Berry Gordy), culminating in his violent death at the hands of his father in 1984.

Keywords:Joni Mitchell, popular music, second-wave feminism, The 1960s
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V230 American History
W Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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