The incoming 1970s were a time of deep despair. The idealism of the '60s had been swept away by racial strife, atrocious news from Vietnam, joblessness and rampant drug casualties. Marvin Gaye, Motown's crown prince, once recalled hearing one of his own effortless love songs on the radio and feeling sick to his stomach. For an artist, the times called for a seriousness of purpose.
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