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Marvin Gaye's friend from Ostend (written in French)

Marvin Gaye's friend from Ostend

Author Richard Olivier

Foreword Gilles Verlant

Publisher Editions Christian Pirot, France

ISBN 2868082033

Price 14 €

124 pages of which 24 black and white photos

Printed on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s death.


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In 1981, Marvin Gaye, the giant of soul music, lay anchor in Ostend, a little town located on the Belgian coast.

He was brought there by Freddy, his friend from Ostend, who ran a small run-down family hotel near the sea-front.

Richard Olivier, director of the film “Marvin Gaye Transit Ostend” (1981) and “Remember Marvin Gaye” (2002) tells us the surrealist story of the American star lost in the country of singer Jacques Brel and “moules-frites” (mussels and chips).


Press review

The Belgian film director Richard Olivier has made a remarkable document on Marvin Gaye’s stay in Ostend in 1981. This time we are immersed in this famous episode through a tender, emotional and romanced story. "La DH"

In this moving story, Marvin Gaye appears to us as a tender, hurt, funny yet sad human being. But we become also attached to Freddy whose friendship will not be rewarded. Even if this is a sad story with an unfortunate ending, it is a beautiful story told with simplicity by a fraternal Richard Olivier. "Le Soir"

Original book on a man living in the shadow of Marvin Gaye. It is illustrated by beautiful photos of Marvin which confirm his reputation as a sex symbol. "Le Moustique"

The 20th anniversary of Gate’ death will inevitably see a glut of programmes – but if you’re looking for a more intimate take, Olivier’s book is a good start. "The Bulletin"

This Belgian film director, who contributed many times to the famous Belgian “Strip-tease” programme, explains with style and emotion how this “curious colossus from Ostend” took care during two years of the American artist who had turned adrift. "tf1.fr"