David Ritz presents his uniquely candid and and intimate account of the tumultuous life of the Prince of Soul music Marvin Gaye. Author Ritz has assembled years of conversations and interviews from his life as a close friend and lyricist to the gifted Soul sensation and tells the Marvin Gaye story with fly-on-the-wall accuracy and detail. From his early years as an abused child in the slums of Washington DC through his rise to the very peaks of the Motown phenomenon his fall from grace and subsequent comeback to his untimely death at the hands of his father Marvin's story is the stuff of legends. The cast of characters includes the Jacksons Smokey Robinson Diana Ross and countless other icons of the world of soul music. The definitive biography of an enormously gifted and sensitive musician.