The best bio on Michael Jackson
Almost ten years after his passing, the King of Pop still fascinates. Many have tried to shed light on the mysterious artist, his music and his story in books but very few have succeeded. As a reader, it is therefore pretty difficult to sort through all the tabloid-like, unworthy material to find the unique, in-depth biographies that provide a real insight into ‘The Gloved One’s’ life and work. But don’t worry, we’ve got your next read covered: here are the best biographies on Michael Jackson.
Learn the story from Michael himself: Moonwalk, by Michael Jackson
Most of the books on the King of Pop have been written by fans, musicologists, or family and friends of the musician. But to get a real glimpse into the artist’s mind, there is nothing better than read his one and only autobiography. Published in 1988, a few months after the release of the album ‘Bad’, the book was supposed to be a revealing tell-all. Although Michael Jackson actually tried to disclose as little as possible, his editors needed some juicy details to make it into a bestseller. Apart from certain unavoidable banalities, the author gives us a incredible insight into his life and work – from his upbringing and private relationships to his changes of appearance and creative process for songwriting and dance moves
Get to know the artist: Man In The Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson, by Joseph Vogel
Drawing on hundreds of various sources, cultural critic Joseph Vogel’s book sheds some light on the mysterious and somewhat misunderstood King of Pop. Man In The Music attempts to reveal the artist through his music. From the familiar ‘Beat It’ to lesser known songs such as ‘Stranger in Moscow’, Vogel provides a first-rate music bibliography of Michael Jackson’s solo career. Putting the superstar, his financial success, ambitions and tribulations into clearer perspective, this book presents an objective image of the artist and his music.
Find out about the man: My Friend Michael by Frank Cassio
To get the better perspective of Michael’s life from the inside, you could consider reading the books written by his relatives. While critics have found that You Are Not Alone, by Michael’s brother Jermaine, might not give a truly genuine image of the popstar, Frank Cassio seems to offer a personal and sincere portrait of the star in My Friend Michael. While Jermaine Jackson still wanted to protect his family and his brother’s legacy, Frank Cassio was a more disinterested narrator.
Discover the man behind the stage through intimate stories from a loyal friend of the music genius. Frank Cassio offers In his book, Frank follows consciously the chronology of their relationship. Frank was a child when he met Michael, who became his tutor and mentor. Later as an adult, Frank became a close companion to Michael and even worked as his PA and then his manager. The book shows how the superstar was craving for some normalcy in his life through his friendship with a disinterested, ‘ordinary’ man. The last part of the book focuses on the final years of Michael’s life and the trial. The book does not pretend to provide an indisputable truth but simply a different, refreshing and humanising outlook on the King of Pop.
Many questions have been left unanswered after the pop star’s death. Even though a shroud of mystery will always remain, your curiosity can be deeply satisfied by reading the King of Pop’s best memoirs.
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