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Michael Jackson: The Making of "Thriller": 4 Days/1983 Hardcover – 6 Oct 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Filipacchi Publishing (6 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193323198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933231983
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 1.9 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 718,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Douglas Kirkland spent much of his career in New York City before moving to LA in the 1970s. He catapulted to fame when he first photographed Marilyn Monroe. He has also photographed behind the scenes sets of more than one hundred motion pictures, several of them legendary. Named "Photographer of the Year" by the PhotoImaging, Manufacturers, and Distributing Association, he lives in LA with his wife. Kirkland was the only photographer on the set of "Thriller."


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A Kid's Review on 11 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Wow, what can I say but this book is perfect and absolutely stunning !!!

I've been a Michael Jackson fan since 1983, and over the years have bought a lot of books on Michael. This last year has seen a lot of books released on Michael that are just cash-ins, that claim to have many unreleased photos of Michael and don't. Even the very expensive 'Official Michael Jackson Opus' claimed to have 95% unreleased photos, and contained many photos had already been seen in many books and magazines about Michael over the years.

Michael Jackson: The Making of "Thriller": 4 Days/1983 is really an amazing book, with more than 99.9% of photos of Michael that really haven't been seen before. The photos of Michael are brilliant, it's like your actually on the Thriller set with Michael, and if your a longtime fan like me, it really takes you back how how magical 1983 was. The books chapters are set on different phases of the of the Thriller video shoot. The text of the book is very complimentary about Michael.

The quality of the books is brilliant. It's a hardback book (which I wasn't expecting), and the front cover of the book is 3D hologram (which I also wasn't expecting). It looks and feels like a book that should cost no less than £35, and certainly the best ever book on Michael Jackson along with 'Before He Was King'.

This is a book every Michael Jackson should own, and also anyone who just loves music, music videos and wants to understand what a pop music icon is should buy this book.
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It is said that a picture paints a thousand words and this book certainly proves the old adage. The photos document the making of 'Thriller' far more effectively than mere words ever could.

This is a stunning book, beautifully designed and although primarily a picture book, the accompanying text is sympathetically and sensitively written.

Every MJ fan will want to own this book and it is certainly something that I will treasure. You will not believe the quality of this book for the price, I would gladly have paid double for the hologram on the cover not to mention the beautiful picture of Michael biting his tongue, an absolute joy.

Buy it, you truly will not be sorry.
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An amazing book of ultra rare photos from the Thriller short-film shoot, being a hardcore MJ fan since the beginning of the 80's these pics released at long last are a real treat and worth waiting for all these years. Possibly not official or given the thumbs up from the estate, I dont know but you would be missing out greatly if you didnt purchase this book if you are any kind of fan of the man, after receiving mine I purchased another copy just for the lenticular cover possibilities to be framed. Buy it now a snip at this price too.
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As a lifelong MJJ fan I'm quick to devour any decent "new" material yet with each release find it bittersweet that it's taken his tragic passing to re-ignite the public's interest in his career. Up until June 2009 you'd be hard pressed to find more than one or two scandal-filled "biographies" on your local bookshelf which is scandalous in itself considering the impact that Michael Jackson had on the music-world & taking into the staggering sales of his music. There's now dozens of books that feature the King of Pop & "The Making of Thriller" is a welcome addition.

American photographer Douglas Kirkland was given a free-license to shoot from Behind-the-Scenes on Thriller and this book is basically a large collection of his photographs. There are a large amount of pictures, many of them great but also many very similar photographs that are obvious were snapped only seconds apart from each other. There's some great candid shots of Michael in the make-up chair & being directed by a jovial John Landis along with plenty of other intersting stuff but the repetition of similar shots was a bit of a let-down. The other thing that I felt was incredibly out of place is that following some limited text, most pages are accompanied by tributes from Michael's peers that most fans would have read following his passing. Whist both the Author & Nancy Griffin clearly hold MJJ's work on Thriller as sheer genius & have released this book as a "tribute" it is obviously not a journey through Michael's career & the fact that the whole piece is littered with "Tweets" from artists not fit to sew a rhinestone onto one of his gloves was annoying.

I notice that most other reviews are extremely favourable which is great. For anything less than £15 it's a worthy addition to a fan's bookshelf but with better editing, more variety of shots & increased text from the shoot itself this release would have benefitted a great deal.

Long Live the King
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There's something I really like about this book: the photos. Most of them are nice, some are really very nice, although I've already seem some of them elsewhere. Personally, I would have liked to see more photos on the actual working of the video, you know, behind the scene pictures (those are not many, actually), but I won't complain too much. The ones focusing on the make up are interesting, and there are some `more personal' shots that are worthy.

Then, there is something I don't particularly like about this book: everything which is written.

Seriously, there's nothing I found particularly interesting in the text. The introduction says nothing that helps me better understand MJ as a person or an artist, or that helps me better understand how a work like "Thirller" was conceived and executed, or what ideas may have been behind it. In fact, there's next to nothing about the video, and there's very little about MJ.

The quotations at the end of the book were particularly useless, in my opinion. I've already read most of them on the net, they refer mostly to MJ's passing and I don't' really see how they relate to "Thriller".

So I do like this as a photo-book. As a complete book... not so much.
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