Mercy, Mercy Me A subject has to be fairly extraordinary to sustain a reader's interest for a book-length critical study. Luckily, the late R&B singer Marvin Gaye --… Mercy, Mercy Me A subject has to be fairly extraordinary to sustain a reader's interest for a book-length critical study. Luckily, the late R&B singer Marvin Gaye --… 2004-03-30 Nonfiction
Book Review

Mercy, Mercy Me (2004)

Michael Eric Dyson, Mercy, Mercy Me | GAYE OL' TIME Marvin fans will love this book
GAYE OL' TIME Marvin fans will love this book
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 30, 2004; Writer: Michael Eric Dyson; Genre: Nonfiction

A subject has to be fairly extraordinary to sustain a reader's interest for a book-length critical study. Luckily, the late R&B singer Marvin Gaye -- a wildly talented, hugely conflicted individual -- fits the bill as the topic of Mercy, Mercy Me. Of course, a fast-paced, controversy-filled life alone does not ensure a good read; that's where the writer comes in. University of Pennsylvania prof Dyson (''Race Rules'') fell under Gaye's spell as a boy and devoted years of his life to unraveling the star's mysteries. The result is a fascinating consideration of Gaye's life, art, sexuality, and musical legacy that yields fresh insights and revelatory ideas on nearly every page (check out Dyson's thoughts on the erotic predilections allegedly shared by Gaye and R. Kelly). Anyone who's ever wondered what was really going on with Marvin will devour this book.

Originally posted Apr 02, 2004 Published in issue #758 Apr 02, 2004 Order article reprints