Friday, June 3, 2011
What's Going On: 40 Years
Marvin Gaye's masterpiece What's Going On turned 40 last Saturday. What's Going On was one of the most influential records from a passionate and enduring icon.
Released on May 21, 1971, the album is an introspective, politically charged nine-piece song cycle that addresses the ravages of the Vietnam War, urban decay, drug abuse, civil unrest and injustice. Gaye was singing to his generation in an effort to wake people up to the struggles no one was willing to discuss at that time. But these songs are universal; they've transcended their time and place. Listen carefully and you'll notice how much they still resonate. [NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday Songs That We Love]