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Michael Jackson: Life of a Legend 1958-2009 Hardcover – 17 Jul 2009


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 1st edition (17 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755360532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755360536
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full of rare images and top-class photography it is a perfect tribute to an extraordinary man -- The Sun

Has the merit of concentrating on Jackson the superlative performer, from his debut to his last appearances
-- Metro

With over 200 pictures and told in an uplifting manner, this is a celebration of one of the world's greatest-ever performers -- Heat

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With over 200 pictures and told in an uplifting manner, this is a celebration of one of the world's greatest-ever performers

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Emily Smith on 21 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
For any Michael Jackson fan that has been a fan since the early 80s (or even earlier), it's always difficult to pick out which reading material to recommend and which to avoid. Michael was one of the most divisive public figures in recent history and reading matter on him was positive and negative.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It promises to be a tribute to Michael and that's exactly what it is. No rumours, no innuendo, no nonsense. It's a beautifully laid out book and some of the photos are absolutely unbelievable. There are photos of him at his peak, during the 80s Victory and Bad tours, which are simply incredible and bring back great memories of the man in his prime.

The book takes you through Michael's career, from the start with his brothers to his stratospheric climb to solo megastardom. For many fans, one of the great fears was always 'how would history remember Michael Jackson' and, for most fans, they would have wanted history to remember him like this book remembers him - the greatest, most consummate artist of all time. A phenomenal songwriter - he wrote Don't Stop Till You Get Enough before he was 21 and Billie Jean before he was 24!! An incredible vocalist. An incredible dancer. An incredible showman. At his peak, he was everything. So it's nice to read him remembered for being just that. The book discusses Michael's final years but doesn't leave the reader with that as the final thought. After taking us through to Michael's untimely passing, the book goes back to "Michael Jackson The Performer" and reminds us all WHO and WHAT Michael Jackson was.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. H. Collins on 13 Sep 2009
Format: Hardcover
I took one look at this book and knew I must have it! But having taken it home and sat down to read and look at the wonderful pictures of Michael's life. I was disappointed to see in the first few lines a mistake that as a avid fan I cannot accept. The mistake was the date of his passing. The author had it down as July 2009 and any true fan knows that Michael Jackson died on the 25th June. It makes me wonder if you can't even get the date of his death right, what other information is actually correct or just made up because you can't be bothered to research the correct details.

I was very disappointed and will be trying to get my money back for this mistake alone.

It may be trivial to some people and they may feel like the pictures make up for the mistake, but it feels to me that this book rather than trying to give a respectful account of Michael and his life is only interested in cashing in on one of the most gifted musicians of my life.

I would say spend your money eslewhere. Where the person writing knows his subject or is aleast a fan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dol0rosa on 25 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought a copy of this because it had some wonderful pictures on a large page, hard back book - these were thrilling. Some people have already mentioned the inaccuracies, which I was willing to forgive; however, I was less keen on the some of the speculation on Jackson himself and the dwelling less on his achievements than the stories about him or the comments some detractors have made.

Here's a good example: the book mentions Jackson's performance at the Brit Awards and mentions that it was interrupted by Jarvis Cocker - how this needs to be in a tribute to Michael is beyond me (I still find Cocker's behaviour repugnant not only because of it's lack or respect for a fellow artist but for it's bald hypocrisy when he, himself, was held aloft during his set in a singular spotlight, arms outstretched in a messianic pose - yes I watched it that year - so having a go at Michael when the man has superlative ACTUAL achievement AND experience to justify any view he had of himself - not to mention mistaking a performer's performance for an unequivocal attitude of a performer without considering their attitude offstage, or them as a person). He then goes on to mention that Pulp record sales rose WITHOUT mentioning that Earth Song - the song Michael performed that night - went on to be number one in the UK for SIX weeks - only finally being knocked off by the Spice Girls - and becoming his most successful single there.

And so the book goes until it starts to seem like a series of facts, some inaccuracies, and a significant series of back-handed compliments.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By posh on 20 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed reading this book and accompanied with some brilliant photos. Not being a massive Jackson fan I was trying to get an honest insight into the life of a great artist and this book hit the mark. Being a very popular subject it is stands out well against other books on Michael Jackson helping the reader understand why he this man is considered a legend while being an excellent tribute to a great artist.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Monty J on 20 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
The photos are brilliant and such a great looking book. The tributes were very touching and made a fitting ending. As a Jackson fan it's great to read something that's obviously been put together by people who care so much about this publication.

Thanks to all involved.
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