MARVIN GAYE – WHAT’S GOING ON. A CAT Club presentation. Tickets on sale Friday 8th March.
May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm£10
Easily one of the greatest albums of all time, What’s Going On is nothing short of a masterpiece. It mixes gritty social commentary and anguished dissatisfaction with its non-standard musical arrangements, which heralded a new sound at the time, gives it a chilling edge that ultimately underscores its gravity, with subtle orchestral enhancements offset by percolating congas, expertly layered above James Jamerson’s bubbling bass. For a singer that had built his career on pop records written by others, What’s Going On was a very bold departure, and considering that Motown boss Berry Gordy was flatly against issuing it, Gaye’s determination in seeing the project to fruition is certainly something to be celebrated. (BBC)
Presented by renowned poet and MARVIN GAYE aficionado STEVE ELY and storyteller and music devotee IAN CLAYTON in the interviewer’s chair, it promises to be an evening to remember. “What’s Going On” was written at the height of the Vietnam War and ultimately viewed as an American social anthem of the time, it does not detract from the fact that the issues underlying it remain as relevant today as they were back in the time. Steve and Ian will be discussing that relevance with its comments on ecology, drug abuse, civil unrest, urban decay, poverty and anguished dissatisfaction with expressions of religious devotion (the singer once stated that the album had been written by God, with Gaye merely the vehicle selected to deliver its messages).
And all that and one of the great albums on vinyl to listen to!