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Calendrier mural Michael Jackson 2014
Calendrier mural Michael Jackson 2014
by Hugo et Compagnie
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough Dangerous, HIStory or later MJ photos, 9 Oct. 2013
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This is such a smart looking calendar on the outside, but when I turned it over and discovered the range of photos included for the year (I had not unsealed the calendar at this stage) I was disappointed to find so many of them were of Michael pre-Bad era, which is about when I came on board as an admirer. There are only about five photos (plus the cover) I would actually hang for their respective months throughout the year. Fortunately I have a number of other MJ calendars for 2014 which have much more of Dangerous, HIStory, Invincible and This Is It eras etc. Give me the mature man any day!


Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy: A Michael Jackson Biography
Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy: A Michael Jackson Biography
Price: £6.98

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An MJ bio that comes from a place of love, 24 May 2013
My heartfelt thanks to Karen Moriarty for making her book available to Michael Jackson fans who are so sick of reading rubbish biographies about their (my) hero. I bought the Kindle version of "Defending A King" knowing that it included some of the material that Michael's former body guards had promised us in their TV interviews. But Karen does not restrict herself to their testimony, since there are plenty of other good sources on the life and artistry of the King of Pop, and she has made good use of them here. It's a big book, but as a digital download, takes up no space at all, and delivery is instant! I doubt there will ever be a definitive account of Michael's life and legend... besides, it keeps growing. But "Defending A King:" comes from a place of love - and that's by far the best place to start. (Thank you, Karen.)


Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story
Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story
by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Whole Story and not always the True Story, 8 Mar. 2010
J Randy Taraborrelli's bumper biography on Michael Jackson is an impressive looking volume; but while it at times informs, titillates and gossips about its subject, it lacks credibility when relaying behind the scenes details of Jackson's life via third-hand accounts of supposed (unnamed) close friends of either MJ or his associates. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Despite its title, Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story is obviously NOT the whole story it purports to be, and in some instances is definitely not the true story, even though Taraborrelli (a serial celebrity biographer of such icons as Sinatra, Marilyn Munroe, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross and the Kennedy women Jackie, Ethel, Joan) has placed an emphasis on his own youthful friendship with the superstar.

The final chapters, added after Michael's death, are obviously rushed, and Taraborelli admits to having had very limited contact with him throughout this time. It's an indication of how hastily this revised version of Taraborelli's book was rushed onto the market.

Along with many other writers and publishers, this was a blatant attempt to capitalize on the shock and grief being experienced globally by Michael Jackson fans desperately handing over their hard-earned cash for anything that will help keep their idol alive in their minds.

They would be better sticking with Michael Jackson's This Is It (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2009]the music, the videos, the photographic tributes, and their own memories of the celebrated humanitarian and King of Pop.

However, if this edition of Taraborrelli's book sells well, one hopes that some of the royalties will end up going to a worthy charity.

It's nothing less than what a true friend of Michael would do, otherwise he has missed the whole point of what Michael Jackson was all about, what he meant to people, and what his legacy will be.


The Michael Jackson Treasures: Celebrating the King of Pop in Photos and Memorabilia
The Michael Jackson Treasures: Celebrating the King of Pop in Photos and Memorabilia
by Jason King
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.00

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Pictures - pity about the text, 30 Dec. 2009
Michael Jackson Treasures is a great item for fans if you just look at the photographs and ignore most of the text. This book (like many on MJ) which one presumes the author has been commissioned to write, suffers from containing too little fact and too much tabloid fabrication about its subject. Given that MJ had over four decades as an entertainer/public figure, there is plenty to put in this kind of largely photographic volume without resorting to unsubstantiated rumours or outright fiction.

King would have been best served to have taken a leaf out of Adrian Grant's book Michael Jackson: The Visual Documentary: The Visual Documentary 1958-2009. The Official Tribute Edition for details of Jackson's career, and Chris Cadman and Craig Halstead Michael Jackson For The Record - 2nd Edition Revised and Expanded for the music.

Michael Jackson felt strongly about giving the fans their money's worth whenever he released a record or gave a live performance. It was part of what fuelled his constant need to perfect his craft and go beyond the point where others would have felt they had done enough.

Pity a lot of his so-called biographers have failed to achieve a similar standard, if, in fact, they have even tried.


Michael Jackson: Life of a Legend 1958-2009
Michael Jackson: Life of a Legend 1958-2009
by Michael Heatley
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute, 25 Aug. 2009
This is a handsome coffee-table hardback tribute to Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, may he rest in peace (if the media will ever let him).

Fortunately for us fans, we have the music, the videos, the memories, and now a select few special publications which are worthy of an individual who defied classification and transcended boundaries.

Michael broke so many glass ceilings in his career, paving the way for so many who came after him, it is hard to find a more influential figure over three decades of the entertainment industry. Any writer would have trouble more than skimming the surface in a volume composed largely of photographs.

But it is the photographic record presented in this book that makes it exceptional. Its subject makes it even more so.

It's a great book of memories for fans, a truly fitting tribute to the incomparable Michael Jackson.


Michael Jackson: The King of Pop 1958-2009
Michael Jackson: The King of Pop 1958-2009
by Chris Roberts
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually Beautiful, 24 Aug. 2009
Okay, it's another pictorial tribute to Michael Jackson, and a slim one at that. However, the quality of the photography and Chris Roberts' text help this new publication, Michael Jackson King of Pop 1958-2009, transcend superficiality.

Roberts once reviewed one of Michael's UK concerts in memorable prose, which he quotes in the Introduction to this book. It's a reminder of what a Michael Jackson live performance was like. "He is beautiful, feline, febrile... Onstage, he lives a stream of silky, seraphic lifetimes. That's entertainment." It was July 26, 1997. Michael was 39, "the child within" and, as Roberts had declared in his review of the show, he was "still big. If the genre got small, that's hardly his fault."

Michael Jackson was someone who was incredibly shy and easily embarrassed when not on-stage, standing, strutting or dancing in the spotlight. It was where he felt most comfortable. He once said "It's the greatest place in the world. I just light up. It's magic. I'm here on Earth for a reason, and that's my job, to make people happy."

He then went on to say that (even at the age of 22) he had been entertaining most of his life, and consequently found being around real people strange. "It's hard to live in the real world, in my position. I try to, sometimes, but people won't deal with me in that way, because they see me differently."

This would sadly remain the case later in Michael's life. Only the fans and his close associates seemed to understand and accept what the media portrayed as a strange, complex individual with a lifestyle that appeared to push as many boundaries off stage as did Michael's live performances, his songs and his ground-breaking music videos - or "short films" as he called them.

He was bound to attract controversy, jealousy, extortion attempts, and the inevitable media backlash. At times his perfectionism, prescription drug dependence, financial problems and legal battles invited criticism, which he sometimes did little to convincingly allay. Frank Sinatra once supposedly warned him "Kid, the press will build you up today, because they like to tear you down tomorrow." This, sadly, remained true for Jackson until the end - and beyond.

But you don't get to be the first artist to have number one hits in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties without acquiring a legion of dedicated fans. Despite the media labelling his 2001 album "Invincible" a flop, it went double platinum and sold eight million copies. Some flop.

Tickets for his fifty comeback concerts, titled "This is it" at London's O2 Arena scheduled to commence on July 13, 2009, had sold in double figures per second. But, as the world knows, eighteen days short of opening night, Jackson died of cardiac arrest at the rented Hollywood mansion where he had been living with his children while training and rehearsing for the London shows.

If Roberts had declared the pop music genre had grown small back in 1997, how much smaller is it now without Michael Jackson, we might ask?

This final chapter of Michael's life and Robert's tribute is, of course, a sad, sad finale to the life and career of the King of Pop. Although, with over 200 hours of music in the can yet to be released, Michael's career is probably far from over.

Even the live global telecast of his celebrity-laden public memorial service - with Michael's gold coffin front and centre, and his daughter Paris stealing the limelight from industry legends - merely added to the Michael Jackson legend.

If there is a problem with Roberts' version of events in this publication, it is that at times he relies too heavily on other media sources and fails to fully explain some of the more puzzling aspects of Jackson's life which family, friends and Michael himself have spoken about.

In that sense, Roberts' biographical picture is incomplete, and at times merely scratches the surface of the public part of Jackson's life. But, given the too brief 144 photo-laden pages of this book, it could only ever be a potted history of a truly unique individual.

Roberts appropriately gives the closing comments to Motown supremo Berry Gordy Jr, who said at the memorial service on July 7, 2009: "From the first time people heard him sing as a young boy... Michael Jackson went into orbit and never came down."

Despite the limitations I loved this tribute to the imcomparable Michael Jackson.


Troy and Homer: Towards a Solution of an Old Mystery
Troy and Homer: Towards a Solution of an Old Mystery
by Joachim Latacz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £68.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Literary approach to the Trojan War, 29 Oct. 2008
I purchased and used this book while studying the Trojan War as part my Ancient History studies and found it most useful. Latacz tackles the question of the reality of the war from the literary perspective (i.e. as described in the epic poetry attributed to Homer).

Even without the study excuse, I found the book fascinating reading.


Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Gatefold Digipack)
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (Gatefold Digipack)
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Viva La Vida - Love it, 29 Oct. 2008
Viva La Vida: Love it, love it, love it.

I rushed out and bought this album once I'd heard the title track on my favourite FM station. Discovered I liked more than just this one - admittedly stand-out - track. I now rate this album as highly as Coldplay's X&Y, which I consider to be exceptional.

More power to Coldplay.


To Dream of the Dead: A Merrily Watkins Mystery (Merrily Watkins Mysteries)
To Dream of the Dead: A Merrily Watkins Mystery (Merrily Watkins Mysteries)
by Phil Rickman
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rickman does it again!, 12 Oct. 2008
How does he do it? In his 10th Merrily Watkins mystery, author Phil Rickman has written another terrific story - this time involving a grisly murder, an archaeological dig, a best-selling atheist living in Merrily's parish under an assumed name, and endless rain that swells the river and threatens to inundate the village.

DI Frannie Bliss plays a prominent role in this tale, and other characters from earlier novels make an appearance in To Dream of the Dead - including Lucy Devenish - mentor to Merrily's teenage daughter Jane. And that despite the fact that Lucy is dead, and has been for quite some time.

I love this book, and look forward to Rickman's next Merrily Watkins adventure.


Templars: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons
Templars: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons
by Michael Haag
Edition: Hardcover

39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Templars, 27 Sept. 2008
Michael Haag's The Templars: History & Myth, is the best book I have read on the history of the Knights Templar. Written for the non-academic reader, it nevertheless is a comprehensive, scholarly approach to a fascinating subject. Anyone who subscribes to some of the modern myths and pseudo histories involving the order should read this book.
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