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It’s been 30 years since the untimely death (April 1, 1984) of Marvin Gaye, one of music’s most prolific and influential singer/songwriter/musicians of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Marvin Gaye’s contribution to soul music in general and Motown in particular went beyond just individual songs. By the 70’s his albums in their entirety were concept albums addressing social issues, sexual politics and personal relationship agony, that often times went against the Motown formula of carefully avoiding controversial issues. Marvin Gaye was a passionate visionary and an innovative singer/songwriter/musician. His albums went on to become landmark recordings that offer love, insight and reassurance to every generation past, present and future.
On April 14, 2014 Carla Johnson, Zeola Gaye and Janis Gaye created the Vote For The Marvin Gaye USPS Stamp Campaign Via Facebook to get a million signatures to give Marvin the honor that he rightfully deserves, by presenting the Marvin Gaye USPS Commemorative Postage Stamp. Please SIGN THE PETITION and help spread the word around the world, so that EVERYONE has the opportunity to SIGN THE PETITION and make this dream a reality! NOW is the time… so LET’S GET IT ON! It’s OVER DUE!
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Iconic Soul Men was created to celebrate the work and impact of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye. These five legendary soul singers and the music they created has stood the test of time generation after generation. Their style and creative vision has become a blueprint for soul music makers today.
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Does the name Chadwick Boseman sound familiar? Earlier this year he portrayed baseball great Jackie Robinson in the highly acclaimed biopic “42.” Now Boseman is set to play James Brown in an upcoming film chronicling Brown’s rise from poverty in Georgia to becoming the funk, soul and rap ambassador in the 1960s and 70s earning him the title “Godfather of Soul.” Prior to the film “42,” the 31-year old actor had appeared mostly on TV, guesting on Fringe, Justified, Cold Case and a recurring role on Persons Unknown.
The as-yet-untitled biopic will be directed by “The Help” filmmaker Tate Taylor and will be shot frame by frame in Mississippi, Taylor’s home state. Shooting is expected to begin this fall. Now, if we could just get the Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye biopics into production all will be well with the world.
An illustrated, vibrant book commemorating the legacy of America’s longest running syndicated television program, Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation includes a wealth of historical photography and celebrity commentary that will give fans an in-depth look at the cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of such renowned artists as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and many others.
With it’s debut in 1971, Soul Train set off a cultural revolution in music, dance, and fashion. During the course of 1,100 episodes, creator, executive producer, and host Don Cornelius gave new meaning to the culture of “cool,” and in the process launched the careers of dozens of artists and introduced the world to hundreds more, including Elton John, David Bowie, Black Eyed Peas, De La Soul, Justin Timberlake, Destiny’s Child, and Snoop Dog.
This book will feature more than 500 images, some never seen before, of the people who lived the phenomenon from the stage, dance floor, and behind the scenes, as well as celebrity commentary about the show’s impact on their careers and on our culture.
As the longest running syndicated program in television history, Soul Train’s worldwide impact was tremendous and changed the lives of millions, including celebrated front man of the Roots, Questlove. His commentary, which revisits the show over the decades, is accompanied by exclusive photos and memorabilia. When Don Cornelius died in 2012, he left a legacy of “peace, love, and soul,” and this book serves as the ultimate tribute to get readers grooving down the Soul Train line again. Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation by Questlove in book stores October 22, 2013.