Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

The Magic, the Madness, the Whole Story, 1958-2009

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So much has how been said and written about the life and career of Michael Jackson that it has become almost impossible to disentangle the man from the myth. This book is the fruit of over 30 years of research and hundreds of exclusive interviews with a remarkable level of access to the very closest circles of the Jackson family - including Michael himself. Cutting through tabloid rumours, J. Randy Taraborrelli traces the real story behind Michael Jackson, from his drilling as a child star through the blooming of his talent to his ever-changing personal appearance and bizarre publicity stunts. This major biography includes the behind-the-scenes story to many of the landmarks in Jackson's life: his legal and commercial battles, his marriages to Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe, his passions and addictions, his children. Objective and revealing, it carries the hallmarks of all of Taraborrelli's best-sellers: impeccable research, brilliant storytelling and definitive documentation.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2009.
Edition: 1st Grand Central Pub. ed., rev. ed.. --
ISBN: 9780446564748
0446564745
Characteristics: xv, 765 p. :,ill.

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michaelfan
Aug 12, 2014

Randy Taraborelli met Michael Jackson once, in a group setting with other members of the Jackson family, more than thirty years ago. He has inflated that one meeting into a claim of being a 'friend' and 'confidant'. He is neither, just a tabloid writer who is a bit more detailed than most. He presents as facts things he could not possibly know as he was not present when certain incidents occurred, and his sources include disgruntled ex-employees, including the proven thief Adrian McManus, whose account of the Neverland raid is totally bogus - she wasn't even there that day.

If you can skip this book, you should. Unfortunately an actual decent biography of Michael Jackson is yet to be written.

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JennyLovern
Mar 04, 2013

Careful when you read this. Much of it is not backed up by research or trustworthy sources. There is truth in here, but also a litter of tabloid junk. You're better off reading Moonwalker or Jermaine Jackson's You are not Alone. Another good source is the GQ article by Aphrodite Jones. Choose your info-givers wisely, as authors like this tend to botch the truth in order to sensationalize. Most books on MJ are only published by companies if the authors are willing to sensationalize things, or blatantly lie.

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Ayesha94
Apr 19, 2010

This is definately a book worth reading! From how his parents met to how he sadly passed away, this book tells the ENTIRE story of Michael Joseph Jackson. Legend, hero, icon, inspiration. This book will make you cry, and if you're a BIG fan, you will not be able to put it down. Even if you are not a fan, after reading this, you will become one. Almost guaranteed. It's all you need to know the real truth about Jackson's childhood, life, career, and sudden death, and how he changed the world.

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