Fifty years later the meaning behind Marvin Gaye‘s What’s Going On continues to ring true!
With his brother Frankie back from Vietnam and struggling to find a job, the Earth showing signs of ecological distress, police brutality at a protest in Berkeley, and a boiling point of inequality in black urban neighborhoods, the legendary singer wrote a poignant plea that we might organize to address these often-overlooked issues.
Calling out to a broken country, he searched for reason and hope in a world that felt desperate and senseless. He opened the door for countless musicians over the last five decades to address the injustices of our world.
To honor this momentous record and celebrate Gaye’s life and legacy, Motown/UMe have released a new lyric video for “What’s Going On” featuring the captivating art of animator and director Tim Fox.
CNN aired a special What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye’s Anthem for the Ages hosted by Don Lemon.