Three Michael Jackson books you’ve got to read


The economy may or may not be doing okay.  The beginning of the year was scary and it was an election year so had to bring some kind of new spirit to direct the votes.  Has it got better? Probably not.  The only thing significant nationwide is to keep the public content and the flow of consumer money going.  As far as the big folks are concerned our economy begins and ends with the consumer spending.  The business has been good for Hollywood however.  Last statistics I saw mentioned Hollywood as our number one export after agriculture.  And agriculture is subsidized which means the government pays that industry to stay alive and also export helping the big folks make lots of money in the process in the name of the economy, the poor farmers, the GDP but never in the name of big corporate profits.  Last week was a lucky week for Hollywood.  Poor Michael Jackson's troubled life ended efficiently.  It is interesting how little can be done when the time is right for some folks to benefit from something tragic or disastrous and so on.  Business will be booming for how long that Michael Jackson has passed away?  Elvis had the biggest exit and he still pays for the publicity he got in his lifetime.  Michael Jackson did very good in his life for a while.  It used to be back in the old days when Hollywood had the studio system, the stars were called "cows" and were not allowed to have names!  They were called Universal's girl or in Michael Jackson's case what?  Michael would have been Sony's Black Dancer? He would have been loaned around to other big name companies to make their own products (music) for a fee and make plenty of money off his no-name!  The life of success ended probably without a notice.  Things began to go down over the years and who knows what Michael Jackson did to deserve him his exit.  The big folks love him to death now.  The flow of sales direct and indirect is never-ending probably till next year.  Hollywood exports moved up.  On another note, a few fools may distance themselves from the noise and the celebration to spend a moment thinking of Michael Jackson as a human being? The books listed here sound more insightful into the real life of Michael Jackson than the garbage the media broadcasts to benefit the folks bigger than us in the pocket books.  I am interested in the first one and will probably check it out.

Jun 30, 2009, 11:54 AM | by Ken Tucker

Categories: BooksMichael JacksonMusic


If you're looking for something to read about Michael Jackson that will give you some insight into the man's talent and life, I recommend these three very different books:

1. The Michael Jackson Story, by Nelson George. First published in 1984 as a paperback quickie, The Michael Jackson Story is actually a first-rate cultural study by the journalist-critic-historian Nelson George. George draws on his deep knowledge of soul and rhythm & blues, along with lots of original reporting, to place Jackson in the history of popular music in a lively, exciting way.

2. Trapped: Michael Jackson and the Crossover Dream, by Dave Marsh. A 1985 book by the well-known rock critic that argues that Jackson's background as an abused child and his subsequent attempts to live in a safe, self-contained world of Peter Pan-like surroundings, trapped him in an artistically limiting way. Despite being critical of many of Jackson's decisions and those of the people surrounding him, Trapped also brims over with love and knowledge of Jackson's music, and offers some of the finest analyses ever about what made Jackson's hits work, and why his best music is so brilliant.

3. Moonwalk, by Michael Jackson. This 1988 autobiography was a typical bit of non-music Jackson product. Which is to say, it was marketed as a revealing tell-all but published mostly to promote his then-new album Bad, while trying assiduously to reveal as little as possible. Filled with banalities such as "The price of fame can be a heavy one" and "It hurts to be mobbed,"Moonwalk ultimately cannot help but disclose more than its author intended. His chronicles of his upbringing under the brutal hand of his father Joe are far more poignant and painful than he alluded to in the TV documentary Life With Michael Jackson. And Michael's discussions of his show-biz models — what he calls "the real showmen: James Brown, Sammy Davis, Jr., Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly" — are fascinating. The book also captures Jackson's contradictions, such as when he speaks of his muscial achievements and his multi-million-dollar contracts for Pepsi-Cola commercials with equal pride. It's a rare peek into the way Jackson's mind worked.'ve+got+to+read


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