Shaped by a troubled childhood, Janis Hunter found solace with Marvin Gaye--the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice, whose genius chart-topping, socially conscious album What's Going On made him a superstar when it was released in 1971. Despite a seventeen-year age difference and Marvin's marriage to Motown founder Berry Gordy's sister, the enchanted teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship soon after they met in February 1973. Their romance navigated the hippie high life of the seventies and took the couple from one adventure to another. But the distractions and burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptation of drugs complicated the love they shared. Marvin and Jan hurt each other, and their relationship descended into a dark place, but the attraction was too magnetic and the love was too strong to let go.
A searing memoir of love, drugs, sex, and old-school R&B that is unsparing in its honesty and insight, After the Dance is the moving, passionate story of one of music history's most fabled relationships. Jan Gaye reveals what it's like to be in love with an artistic genius, a man whose words and music have touched the world and made him a legend.