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Who Was Michael Jackson

Author : Megan Stine
ISBN : 9780399539763
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Born in Gary, Indiana, on August 29, 1958, Michael Jackson was definitely not a regular kid. A superstar with The Jackson 5 before he was eight years old, he became the King of Pop as a solo artist. Michael was a creative--yet deeply troubled--genius who always remained devoted to his art right up until his death is 2009 before a much anticipated tour. He had a pitch-perfect voice and footwork that his idol Fred Astaire admired. Who will ever forget the Moonwalk? Kids today who only know Jackson through video performances are nevertheless fascinated by him. Megan Stine provides a sensitive, fair-minded depiction of this unique music legend.

On Michael Jackson

Author : Margo Jefferson
ISBN : 9780375424250
Genre : Social Science
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Michael Jackson was once universally acclaimed as a song-and-dance man of genius; Wacko Jacko is now, more often than not, dismissed for his bizarre race and gender transformations and confounding antics, even as he is commonly reviled for the child molestation charges twice brought against him. Whence the weirdness and alleged criminality? How to account for Michael Jackson’s rise and fall? In On Michael Jackson—an at once passionate, incisive, and bracing work of cultural analysis—Pulitzer Prize–winning critic for The New York Times Margo Jefferson brilliantly unravels the complexities of one of the most enigmatic figures of our time. Who is Michael Jackson and what does it mean to call him a “What Is It”? What do P. T. Barnum, Peter Pan, and Edgar Allan Poe have to do with our fascination with Jackson? How did his curious Victorian upbringing and his tenure as a child prodigy on the “chitlin’ circuit” inform his character and multiplicity of selves? How is Michael Jackson’s celebrity related to the outrageous popularity of nineteenth-century minstrelsy? What is the perverse appeal of child stars for grown-ups and what is the price of such stardom for these children and for us? What uncanniness provoked Michael Jackson to become “Alone of All His Race, Alone of All Her Sex,” while establishing himself as an undeniably great performer with neo-Gothic, dandy proclivities and a producer of visionary music videos? What do we find so unnerving about Michael Jackson’s presumed monstrosity? In short, how are we all of us implicated? In her stunning first book, Margo Jefferson gives us the incontrovertible lowdown on call-him-what-you-wish; she offers a powerful reckoning with a quintessential, richly allusive signifier of American society and popular culture.

Moonwalk

Author : Michael Jackson
ISBN : 0307716988
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The #1 New York Times bestseller! Michael Jackson’s one and only autobiography – his life, in his words. With original Foreword by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a new Introduction by Motown founder Berry Gordy, and an Afterword by Michael Jackson’s editor and publisher, Shaye Areheart. “I’ve always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul. I’d like to sit by a fire and tell people stories – make them see pictures, make them cry and laugh, take them anywhere emotionally with something as deceptively simple as words. I’d like to tell tales to move their souls and transform them. I’ve always wanted to be able to do that. Imagine how the great writers must feel, knowing they have that power. I sometimes feel I could do it. It’s something I’d like to develop. In a way, songwriting uses the same skills, creates the emotional highs and lows, but the story is a sketch. It’s quicksilver. There are very few books written on the art of storytelling, how to grip listeners, how to get a group of people together and amuse them. No costumes, no makeup, no nothing, just you and your voice, and your powerful ability to take them anywhere, to transform their lives, if only for minutes.” –Michael Jackson, in Moonwalk From the 1988 edition: Megastar Michael Jackson’s singularly brilliant career and intensely private lifestyle have become a magnificent obsession for millions of rock fans and celebrity watchers throughout the world. His double-platinum singles rocket to the top of the music charts with a velocity equaled only by the inevitable accompaniment of wild rumors about his eccentric personal life. Now for the first time, Michael Jackson breaks the fiercely guarded barrier of silence that has surrounded him in a remarkably candid and courageous book — Moonwalk. In this intimate and often moving personal account of Michael Jackson’s public and private life, he recalls a childhood that was both harsh and joyful but always formidable. Michael and his brothers played amateur music shows and seamy Chicago strip joints until Motown’s corporate image makers turned the Jackson 5 into worldwide superstars. Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 have combined sales of over 200 million albums. He talks about the happy prankster days of his youth, traveling with his brothers, and of his sometimes difficult relationships with his family over the years. He speaks candidly about the inspiration behind his music, his mesmerizing dance moves, and the compulsive drive to create that has made him one of the biggest stars in the music business and a legend in his own time. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Thriller as the biggest-selling-album of all time. In Moonwalk, Michael Jackson shares his personal feelings about some of his most public friends…friends like Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Katharine Hepburn. He talks openly about the crushing isolation of his fame, of his first love, of his plastic surgery, and of his wholly exceptional career and the often bizarre and unfair rumors that have surrounded it. Illustrated with rare photographs from Jackson family albums and Michael’s personal photographic archives, as well as a drawing done by Michael exclusively for this book, Moonwalk is a memorable journey to the very heart and soul of a modern musical genius. From the Hardcover edition.

Michael Jackson The Icon

Author : Jos Borsboom
ISBN : 9781470900847
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The King of Pop was without any doubt the world's biggest entertainer of all time. Michael Jackson's tragic death shocked the world for weeks. He was planning the biggest concert tour the world had ever seen. Michael tried to hide his addiction to painkillers for years. A doctor, who visited his trashed hotel suite in The Mirage in Las Vegas said: "It is Elvis all over again." The pop star died of an overdose on June 25, 2009 while preparing for his comeback tour. The author describes in detail how the mysterious death of Michael Jackson could be explained. The ultimate story about Michael Jackson's life, his work as a humanitarian, his awards, and finally his last days. Humanitarian, Memoir, Musician, Albums, Funeral, Legend, Music, Aid, Fanclub, King of Pop, Addiction, Celebrities, Videos, 20th Century, Biography, Thriller, Icon, Memoirs, Pop, Biographies, Trial, Propofol, Grammy, MTV, Beat It, Man in the Mirror, Show, Jackson 5, The Jacksons, Dangerous Tour, Conrad Murray, Sony, Epic, Motown.

Discovering Michael

Author : Emma Mellone
ISBN : 9781477287705
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Who was Michael Jackson? Certainly he has been a bright icon of the twentieth century. A brilliant artist, a champion for the environment, a great philanthropist but in the collective imagination his name evokes an eccentric and disquieting celebrity. His enigmatic personality caused Jackson to undergo unprecedented media persecution perpetrated for decades. His glory became his prison, his life turned out a nightmare. Infinite judicial quarrels and slanderous accusations undermined the foundations of his ideals and affections, plunging him into isolation. After his premature death, now considered suspect, a process of redemption began consecrating Michael Jackson in the dimension of Myth. What caused the exceptional nature of his strange fate of huge successes and painful personal tragedies? What legacy did he want to leave us? With striking sensitivity the author takes the reader through the highlights and shadows of an ‘emotional journey’ into the world of the King of Pop. She carefully reconstructs the events that marked the artist’s life and led him to his death. She rediscovers the charisma and value of his art, often obscured by sensationalism. She returns to Michael his humanity, urging everyone to look beyond the surface of media misinformation and mere appearances.

Excursions

Author : Michael Jackson
ISBN : 0822340755
Genre : Social Science
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DIVPhilosophical meditations on a series of journeys the author has taken to various places around the world./div

Michael Jackson A Life In Music

Author : Geoff Brown
ISBN : 9780857122575
Genre : Music
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Not just a complete fan's guide to the music of Michael Jackson, this book is the definitive overview of the unforgettable King of Pop's unique career. Album by album, track by track, it examines every song released by The Jackson 5, as well as Michael's complete solo output from Off The Wall in 1979 to his last album of original material, Invincible, in 2001. Features include: A brand new chronology A detailed album by album, track by track analysis A separate section on compilation albums A song index for easy reference. Eight page colour timeline Dozens of quotes from Michael himself Geoff Brown is production editor of Mojo Magazine and has written extensively on soul and R&B in the UK media during a 25 year career in music journalism. He has also written books on Diana Ross and James Brown.

Michael Jackson The King Of Pop

Author : Jel D. Lewis Jones
ISBN : 097497790X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Unmasked

Author : Ian Halperin
ISBN : 9781439183489
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An investigation into the final decade of Michael Jackson's life discusses his legal and financial problems, his prescription drug use, and his failing health possibly caused by a potentially fatal genetic condition.

Moon Walk

Author : Michael Jackson
ISBN : 9780307716989
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Michael Jackson's only autobiography, illustrated with rare photographs from Jackson family albums and Michael's personal photographic archives, as well as a drawing done by Michael exclusively for this book.

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