- The Times
- The Issues
- The Music
- Then & Now: View the Timeline
The songs on What’s Going On were united by Marvin Gaye’s dismay about what he saw going on in the world. He sang about the troubles many Americans—especially African Americans—were facing. These woes included the Vietnam War, racism, environmental destruction, poverty, and drug abuse. At times, Gaye was overwhelmed by anger and despair about what was happening. Other times, he spotted glimmers of hope and the possibility of peace and love. Read on. THINK about The Times.
View the timeline This timeline surfaces a few of the big issues that found a voice on the album—then and now.