Unlooped vs Marvin Gaye’s ‘Here, My Dear’
On March 1, Unlooped curated one of its biggest shows in partnership with Alverno Presents. Over 20 Milwaukee artists from various scenes and genres came together and collaborated to rework one of Marvin Gaye’s most powerful and personal album Here, My Dear.
1976: Marvin Gaye is at his professional peak. But his personal life is in crisis. His marriage to Anna Gordy (boss Berry Gordy’s sister) is over. Gaye is low on money, making alimony and child support impossible. The solution? Anna will receive the royalties from Gaye’s next and as-of-yet unrealized album. This inspires “Here, My Dear,” Gaye’s most artistically challenging work chronicling his and Anna’s courtship, marriage and break-up. 1978: Here, My Dear is released. Critics hate it, Gaye’s fans reject it, and Anna considers suing for invasion of privacy. 1994: Ten years after Gaye is fatally shot by his father, the reassessments begin. Here, My Dear is voted one of the greatest albums in music history by Mojo Magazine (1995) and Rolling Stone (2003).
Below are some of the photos from the show. All photos (c) Kathrine Schleicher 2014
Here are some videos of rehearsals and the process