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Michael Jackson: The Magic, the Madness, the Whole Story, 1958-2009 Paperback – 24 Aug 2010
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J. Randy Taraborrelli is a respected journalist, a recognizable entertainment personality, and in-demand guest on many television programs including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, and CNN Headline News. He is the bestselling author of thirteen books.
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In all honesty, being someone who did not even attend a Michael Jackson concert [yes, there is most certainly a degree of regret present, now] I cannot by any stretch of the imagination consider myself a Michael Jackson fan, in the truest sense of the word. Yes, I have most certainly enjoyed his exciting music and inspiring songs, through the years; decades, in fact. Without reservation, I have certainly admired his philanthropic endeavours, been enthralled by his dancing, in addition to being, both, fascinated and intrigued by his wonderfully creative and incredibly vivid imagination. However, with all the media coverage since his sad, untimely, all too early and above all tragic demise, I felt sufficiently motivated to read and learn more about his quite extraordinary career and undeniably highly controversial life.
Among the many books available to purchase this tome then, became my chosen introduction to an `inside' account of Michael Jackson's life. In my view, I believe extensive and painstaking research has, patently, been undertaken to write such an authoritative view of Michael Jackson's life.
From the outset, this book seized my attention. I became immersed and absorbed in the content very quickly. All credit to the author, it is written in a style that is easy to read and melds events, places and timelines very smoothly. The much publicised and inauspicious Jackson family politics and conflicts are very apparent even from their fledgling days in Gary, Indiana. This is a common thread that weaves and sews its way through the entire account, right through until its concluding pages.
Through the pages of this biography, I would most definitely consider I now have a much better understanding of Michael Jackson as a person - a gifted, talented and quite exceptional human being. In my opinion one aspect of this biography that strengthens its credibility, is that the vast majority of the content was written prior to Michael Jackson's untimely death; therefore, it has not been written in the wake of his death to make a `fast buck' in the, almost, overwhelming tidal wave of words, accounts and multitude of conjectures since his death.
Overall, I believe this to be a genuine, respectful, honest, just and balanced biography. It is a sincere attempt to inform interested readers about Michael Jackson's life, musical career, inspirations, joy, sadness, pain, trials and tribulations. The book competently illustrates the numerous pressures that were brought to bear on many different levels in Michael Jackson's life [especially during his trial and court appearances] and in all honesty, there were occasions where I felt as if I could have quite easily shouted out aloud: "For God's sake, leave him alone!" Like the performer himself, this book is mesmerizing, electrifying, enlightening, occasionally uplifting, thought provoking and at times, both, moving and sad, even distressing.
In my opinion, this is an admirable book that encapsulates and does justice to the times and tribulations of [regrettably] the late Michael Jackson's life. Perhaps, given the most recent `upgrading' of this edition, with all due respect to J. Randy Taraborrelli, a more appropriate title to be considered might have been - `Michael Jackson - The Magic, The Madness, The Joy, The Sadness, The Triumphs and The Tragedies'.
Aspects of Michael Jackson's life that will remain with me is the fact he was generous, trusting and kind to a fault, in terms of time given to fans, moneys given to people he did not even know and his highly commendable philanthropic endeavours. Through this tome I found it very sad just how little genuine happiness he did actually appear to experience in his life. If one person did bring him any degree of joy, happiness, solace and genuine, heartfelt succour then it would appear to have been in his relationship with Lisa Marie Presley.
This review would not be complete if I failed to acknowledge or express gratitude to J. Randy Taraborrelli and the myriad of people who assisted him in this mammoth, superbly and comprehensively researched investigative project.
I believe Michael Jackson was; will continue to be and remain an enigma and yes, as expressed and voiced in his own words he was, quite possibly, "the loneliest person in the world".
In conclusion, I would like to say, albeit too late: Thank you Michael. Thank you for the music, the magic and the memories. You have left a wonderfully rich musical legacy and maybe, just maybe if more of us were to follow your lead there would be a way to make this world a better place.
For further reading, I would highly recommend Michael Jackson's own 'Dancing the Dream'. This is an ideal accompaniment to 'Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story'.
Finally, I would like to conclude this book review with the following quote because in terms of Michael Jackson and his premature departure from this life, it seems most apt.
". . . .Death will come, always out of season. It is the command of the Great Spirit, and all Nations and people must obey. . . ."
Black Elk - Oglala Lakota [Sioux] Nation, 1863-1950
Incidentally, if choosing to purchase this book - Please make sure you purchase the fully updated edition `Michael Jackson - The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story'.
Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story
Not only did this book provide a detailed biography of Michael's life, it also gave us a story to enjoy, appreciate and also in some parts be shocked at. It is ideal reading material for anyone who wants to know about MJ, in a non critical fashion. I found Taraborelli really wrote through our perspective.. he defended MJ in some parts, but in some parts criticised his decisions .. as we have to make clear that MJ did make some mistakes, noone can deny that. Therefore, it's not biased in favour or against him, just gives a view which we can understand and relate too.
As for the content, I don't want to give too much away but it covers EVERYTHING. every major event in his life. It's not enough to read newspapers and magazines, they dont tell the whole picture. For example the plastic surgery thing.. you learn alot about that and empathise with michael. Theres a detailed description of the pepsi ad commerical. It evenn sets the record straight on Michael's colour changing. His childhood and the horrible encounters he had are talked of and it really paints a picture of the man we all want to fathom. And Michael's mischievnous when it comes to the media... the rumours of him buying elephant mans bones and the hyperbaric chamber, that part will surely make you giggle ;). Oh gosh.. i can go on and on....
As a bonus there's a few pages of coloured pictures too, always a pleasant surprise.
Now, if after reading this you still don't know what message I'm trying to convey to you.. its BUY IT. you will NOT regret it. Its a thoroughly enjoyable read and a pleasant insight into MJ's life. I'm telling everyone I know to read it! I'm just abit peeved that it goes up till 2004 as its when it was published.. but still you are not missing out. Buy it! >_<
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