The decline, fall, and total collapse of Michael Jackson holds a certain dark magnetism, but the King of Pop is best remembered as the consummate performer he was. Perhaps the quintessential point of his career was the filming of his 1983 video for "Thriller," the cover song for what became the bestselling album of all time. Played, replayed, and simulated around the world, this iconic video continued to have an impressive afterlife of its own: A 45-minute movie on its making notched a record-setting nine million copies sold. The co-authors of this book about the history-making song video have unique credentials: Photographer Douglas Kirkland and journalist Nancy Griffin were the only members of the media permitted on the set. This hardcover's candid pictures and first-hand observations make it a gift item that brings tears only of joy.
Michael Jackson: The Making of Thriller - 4 Days/1983by Douglas Kirkland
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Michael Jackson: The Making of "Thriller" is an illustrated tribute to the King of Pop and his groundbreaking music video, with never-before-seen photos of its creation. The book features over 200 exclusive, behind-the-scenes photographs of the artist on set during the 1983 production of the Grammy award winning video directed by John Landis.
Considered to be the most successful project of all time, "Thriller" is beloved the world over, inspiring imitation and a cult-like following of millions of fans. Documenting the creation of the most popular and iconic music video of all time, this book celebrates the artist and his music at the top of his career.
Famed photographer Douglas Kirkland and journalist Nancy Griffin were the only members of the media allowed on the set of the video. The resulting photos capture Jackson both in high performance mode and relaxing on the set and depict his transformation into the characters in the video as well capturing the public and private faces of Michael Jackson.
Compelling, intimate photos of the artist are accompanied by interviews and quotes from musicians and celebrities, including Sir Paul McCartney, Diddy, Beyonce, Steven Spielberg and many more. With a holographic cover that, when tilted, transforms the artist into his zombie character, the book is an impressive gift to be treasured by fans and music lovers everywhere.
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Michael Jackson: The Making of "Thriller"4 Days/1983
By Kirkland, Douglas
Filipacchi PublishingCopyright © 2010 Kirkland, Douglas
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On a dark and eerie night, Michael Jackson and a young woman are seen together in a car that Michael is driving, when they stop outside a wooded area to take a romantic walk. Michael gives the girl a ring and explains that he is unlike any other fellow; but the girl explains that this is why she likes him! Michael says emphatically that she doesn’t understand him: that he really is different from other boys. As he is explaining this, the full moon appears… Michael hides his face and the girl asks him why he is doing this. When he looks back at her his face has changed! He is suddenly looking like an animal, covered in hair, with elongated eyes and teeth like a wolf. He’s becoming a werewolf! He pushes the girl away as she screams, and she turns and runs. Michael the werewolf chases her; she stumbles and falls and when Michael reaches her, he is a werewolf.
Suddenly the scene changes to a crowded movie theater where Michael and his girlfriend are watching a werewolf film. The girl is terrified; Michael enjoys it. The girlfriend is too frightened to stay so she gives Michael her popcorn and leaves the theatre. Michael goes after her and when he catches up with her outside, it’s clear she doesn’t like horror films. But Michael seems relaxed as he stands in front of the theatre marquis that reads, ”Thriller.”
As the pair walks through the deserted streets, passing a cemetery, Michael is teasing his girlfriend for being afraid of a mere film. She tells him she was not afraid, but he keeps taunting her, dancing around her in circles. All of a sudden, zombies start to emerge from the darkness, climbing out from their tombs in the cemetery. Within moments they have surrounded the pair. Now the girl realizes that Michael is one of them… Michael and the zombies dance in tandem.
The girl races to a nearby abandoned house, flying up the stairs and slamming doors behind her for protection. But the zombies have followed her and suddenly they have broken through into the room where she is hiding. They move toward her and it looks as if she may be totally in their control.
A new scene suddenly: The girl wakes up in the same room of the same house as the one that appeared in her nightmare, but it seems it must have all been a horrifying nightmare. No one except her boyfriend is in the room with her and Michael calms her and tells her she is safe, although they must now leave. As they leave, Michael looks at the camera with his yellow eyes; clearly these are not ”human” eyes.
As the video comes to a close, the zombies are returning to their tombs in the cemetery and the worst of the group scowls at the camera. Who knows what has happened here?
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Meet 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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The book is very well put together and the photos are some of MR. Kirkland's best.
Michael Jackson is the Thriller! Can you dig it? *Evil laugh from the end of "Thriller"*
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