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The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation Hardcover – 25 Sep 2009
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The problem lies not with Michael's answers, but with the unscrupulous and often malicious commentaries by the rabbi, given sometimes as a summary at the end of an interview and sometimes in the form of his 'observations' during an interview. This one-time friend of Michael's has done a fine job of character assassination on a man who is not here to speak for himself now. He even states that Michael molested and abused children - and this is after the American justice system tried Michael and found him innocent on all counts. Shame on you Rabbi.
In short, during the period of their friendship, Michael allowed himself to be interviewed on tape by a person he trusted. Now he has gone, this self-seeking little rabbi has published those interviews - for his own financial gain. The transcripts of the interviews are pretty dull and nothing to get excited about - so the rabbi has spiced them up with his own views on Michael's life and lifestyle. He is no better than Martin Bashir and has behaved in much the same way - flattering Michael and 'brown-nosing' him so that he could bask in his celebrity, and after his untimely death, rushing to betray him and once again have his 15 minutes of fame. And it will be only 15 minutes of fame because, although this rabbi has apparently been writing books on 'important issues' for years - who ever heard of him before he was linked with Michael Jackson?
Michael Jackson's words in this book are a true, wonderful insight into the man whom is not portrayed in the media. It is lovely to see this side exposed in the book. Actually I am very glad that I have read Michael's words in this book. It shows him as a deep, reflective, loving, humble, childlike soul.
However, Shmuley's commentry is often out of touch with what Michael is saying or is simply too 'high and mighty'judgemental. He also talks religion quite a lot, so if you aren't into that then you won't enjoy those parts. If you cut his comments out of this book and if there was proof that Michael had given consent to this book I would have given it a 5 out of 5.
Shmuley seems to have betrayed Michael's trust. Not that Michael's comments portay him in a bad light, but the fact that he went to a Rabbi, a Holy man to tell his thoughts and now that man is publishing that for money, it can't be right. It actually makes me feel bad for reading it.
I also didn't appreciate him telling Michael that his fans only love what he does (music & performance) not who he is. Shmuley had no right to speak on behalf of fans and I really hope Michael did not believe that, because it is definitely not true. Michael Jackson has the strongest most passionate fan base who fight for him almmost everyday, we would not be doing that if we didn't love HIM the PERSON he was. I'd trade all the music to have him back on earth.
There is no respect at all in this. It is not a nice behaviour for a person that declared himself to be his 'friend' and for kind of therapy purpouse... Good intentions? To teach people how fame can distroy a person's life? The author claims that. I don't believe it, and it is even worse is the person who is talking is a priest of any kind of religion. Don't buy this book, it will just give money to this unloyal person who betraid his friendship, as many others had done before, for money. Give your money to charity instead.
The author shoud be ashamed of himself and ask for forgivness to his God.
Listen to Michael's lyrics in the song 'Money'. It fits the case.
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