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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (5 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062090062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062090065
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone knows Michael Jackson—the myth. This is the revealing true story of Michael Jackson—the man.

To Frank Cascio, Michael Jackson was many things—second father, big brother, boss, mentor, and teacher, but most of all he was a friend. Though Cascio was just a few years old when he first met Jackson in 1984, at the peak of the pop star’s career, Jackson was at the center of his life for the next twenty-five years, allowing Cascio to observe firsthand the greatest entertainer the world had ever seen. In that time, he became the ultimate Michael Jackson insider, yet remained publicly silent about his experiences. Until now.

In My Friend Michael, Cascio refutes the rumors, lies, and accusations that have accumulated over the years, providing a candid look at the Michael Jackson he knew for more than two decades. Offering an uplifting and definitive account of the legend, Cascio details how he grew up alongside Jackson, traveling the world with him on concert tours and eventually working for him. Through this lens, Cascio captures Jackson’s most private and tumultuous moments, while also setting the record straight on the entertainer’s notorious and misunderstood lifestyle—from his Peter Pan reality and his sexuality to the false allegations against him.

As Cascio shows, there was a great deal more to Michael Jackson than the headlines about him have suggested. Cascio reveals his friend in all his complexity, bringing to light his passions and joys as well as his flaws and eccentricities. Including stories about Jackson that have never before been made public, Cascio creates a balanced, human look at the pop star, one that shows Jackson as the very real person he was—a lively friend with an endearingly juvenile sense of humor.

What emerges is a clear-eyed yet deeply respectful portrait of Jackson—a man who was at times unremarkably average but also terribly scarred by his life in the spotlight. Packed with never-before-seen photos, anecdotes, and insights, My Friend Michael is a trove of Michael Jackson lore that both celebrates his life and redefines our understanding of the man behind the myth.

About the Author

Frank Cascio is an entrepreneur whose expertise ranges from business finance to music entertainment. His friendship with Michael Jackson began in 1984, when Frank was just a few years old. At the age of eighteen Frank was hired by Jackson to be his personal assistant, eventually being promoted to personal manager. Cascio was a producer of The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See as well as the creative consultant and one of the producers of Michael Jackson’s Private Home Movies, which aired on Fox in 2003. Cascio divides his time between New York City and Europe, specifically Germany and Italy, two other places he calls home.


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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mijacmad on 18 Nov. 2011
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As a true longterm fan you would be silly not to purchase this for the insight you get into intimate moments of Frank & MJ's frienship - he never once sails him down the river or disrespects their friendship. And you get a real insight into the backstabbing behaviours that MJ had to contend with from his inner core of advisors and staff, so sad.
Dont listen to the silly 5 minute fans of this being a huge betrayal on Cascio's behalf (Ive been a hardcore fan for 30+ years), as it's doing a great justice in settling alot of mistruths & a great character build for the real MJ as he should of really been known and appreciated.

Just one note: if you read your own reviews Frank, your words I never had any doubt in are truth, but please don't try defend your brother's 'supposed' recordings as these are not completely the complete real truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carol morgan on 29 Sept. 2013
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If you're a Michael Jackson fan, you'll love this book. It is well written and gives a personal and honest account of Michael's unusual, fantastic and sad at times, life. A lot of questions about him are answered here, especially about how he was so misunderstood and used by so many people around him, people he should have been able to trust so badly who let him down, the media machine that would, had he not been a stronger person, have taken him down. The child molestations that were so wickedly levelled at him, this book lets you know the truth and how it really was for him from someone who knew him so well and was beside him for so long. Have read many books about Michael, but this one is special. Couldn't put it down.
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Rarely do I feel compelled to leave a review on Amazon but this book really has been a delight to read.

I finished it inside 4 days, unable to put it down. This is the most sincere and believable account of MJ's adult life that I have read and it comes from the author who really was there throughout the height of Jackson-mania from the Thriller era, right through to his final years.

Frank Cascio reveals what 'the man' behind the showman was like. All of his strengths, weaknesses, qualities and faults, without ever coming across as lurid or dishonoring his friends' memory. Sure, you can argue that what happened in MJ's private life, as witnessed by the author, should remain closed to the outside world but let's face it, everyone that was ever remotely linked to him seems to have cashed in on his name since his death, including his close family, and this will continue.

This book really does give you an insiders perspective. I read Jermaine Jackson's 'You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes', which I also thoroughly enjoyed, however the feeling I had reading the final 3rd of that book was that Jermaine and the rest of the family had very little real contact with MJ in the 20 or so years preceding his death. It was apparent a conscious effort was made by MJ to keep a degree of distance from his family, or at least some members of it. This book fills in the gaps of that period brilliantly, and although the author himself became somewhat a peripheral figure in the years following the Arvizo trial in 2005, as is documented in his telling of those days, it is still the most complete account of what MJ was like and went through from around 1984-2009.

I really can't recommend this book enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By leanne thomas on 26 Feb. 2014
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This book is an honest account of a friendship with Michael all fans should read it not sure if it's helped me get over my hurt at his passing but I think it may have helped. Thank you Frank.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sarah on 3 Jan. 2014
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I would recommend this book to any true fan, it gives a massive insight into Michael's personal life you get too read about what he was really like not just what the press puts out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Iris176 on 3 Jan. 2012
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This book is absolutely top.
It teaches us MJ behind the scene, the private Michael from his inner circle. Nobody else can tell us these "secrets", both positive and also negative. But this helps to make MJ more human, he was a man from flesh and blood with a lot of feelings. Not the weird dancing machine as the media portray him.
I absolutely advise this book to every MJ-fan.
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By Billiejean on 12 July 2012
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Was'nt sure I would buy this as so many so called friends have books out since MJ died but a friend had read it and said give it a go as it was so good. I am so glad I did it showed parts of Michaels life happy and sad that only someone close to him would know. As soon as I opened it could'nt put it down it made me sad with some parts and my heart went out to both of them. It showed what a really good parent Michael was no matter what anyone tried to say different. If you love Michael as much as I do or even if you are curious about this talented man then read this book am glad I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SallyAnnDoyle @(BabesboogieMJ) on 11 Feb. 2014
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such a lovely book, loved reading it, loved the insight into Michaels life,loved the relationship,loved the style of writing...
Loved it,Loved it, Loved it....
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