Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009
  • Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009
  • Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009

Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009

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by J. Randy Taraborrelli

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So much has how been said and written about the life and career of Michael Jackson that it has become almost impossible to disentangle the man from the myth. This book is the fruit of over 30 years of research and hundreds of exclusive interviews with a remarkable level of access to the very closest circles of the Jackson family - including Michael himself. Cutting

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So much has how been said and written about the life and career of Michael Jackson that it has become almost impossible to disentangle the man from the myth. This book is the fruit of over 30 years of research and hundreds of exclusive interviews with a remarkable level of access to the very closest circles of the Jackson family - including Michael himself. Cutting through tabloid rumours, J. Randy Taraborrelli traces the real story behind Michael Jackson, from his drilling as a child star through the blooming of his talent to his ever-changing personal appearance and bizarre publicity stunts. This major biography includes the behind-the-scenes story to many of the landmarks in Jackson's life: his legal and commercial battles, his marriages to Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe, his passions and addictions, his children. Objective and revealing, it carries the hallmarks of all of Taraborrelli's best-sellers: impeccable research, brilliant storytelling and definitive documentation.

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When ambulances were summonsed to the house of Michael Jackson in June 2009, the whole world seemed to have received the call. In fact, the news of his death spread more quickly around the globe than news of JFK's assassination and other major events. The King of Pop's dormant recording career hadn't stifled our interest in him; indeed, his bizarre persona riveted our attention. This new paperback edition of J. Randy Taraborrelli's large scale, newly updated biography covers the full shaky arc of Jackson's brief stay on our planet. Michael Jackson contains 784 pages, including new chapters and photo inserts.

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J. Randy Taraborrelli is a respected journalist, a recognizable entertainment personality, and in-demand guest on many television programs including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, and CNN Headline News. He is the bestselling author of thirteen books.

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Michael Jackson 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 145 reviews.
MrsCDUB3 More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of Michael Jackson, since his death I found myself annoyed and confused about the information the media was reporting. I was determined to find a book that was truthful and not bashing MJ. After reading Taraborrelli's website I found he has known MJ for years. After getting his book, I could not put it down. It is over 700 pages thick. It shows the human side of MJ, while he was a very complexed person, he was also a human being with feelings. We all have our flaws, and noone is immune to the trials and tribulations of life. No matter what your status is in life. None of us would like to be poked at and made fun of or talked about negatively all the time. That is what the media did to him. Noone ever spends the time to actually talk about all the charities he supported or donated money to. Or how before every concert he would visit the childrens hospital. Or how he would at every concert arrange for underpriviledged children to see the concert and come backstage. Society itself is focused on the negative and not the good in a person, and that is so sad. I can truly say I understand MJ as a human being more than an entertainer. I recommend this book if you are looking for the truth. If you are looking for trash, gossip and all the things the tabloids report, then this book is not for you. The authors even backs up his information in the back of the book with his Source Note, which is by the way 13 pages long. Taraborrelli clears up alot of the rumors that is out there. I was very impressed and please with this book.
mjlives25 More than 1 year ago
I must say that I was very disappointed in this book. I spent weeks contemplating on whether or not I shold buy it because I didnt want to waste my time reading a 700+ page tabloid about my favorite entertainer. Had it been MJ who wrote the book I wouldnt have thought twice about buying it. But because I had read some positive things about it I decided to go out on a limb. I am shocked that some readers considered this book an unbiased view of MJ. This is one of THE most biased interpretatons of MJ that I've ever read. Contrary to what other reviewers have stated, Taraborelli does not allow the reader to formulate their own opinion on MJ. He puts forward such a negative image of him. Not to mention there were more typos in this book than a 3rd graders rough draft of an essay. Taraborelli portarys MJ just as negatively as Martin Bashir did in that filthy 2003 interview and I am so upset that I wasted my money on this filth. I keep reading and reading hoping that I will get less upset but I don't. I would have so much rather spent that money on a charity or MJ album( if I didnt own all of them already). Please dont make the same mistake I did by purchasing this horrible book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
soo i didnt bother finishing this book cause it got annoying, this author claims he was Michaels friend but theres no pics of them together except one when hes reporting and no personal storys of them hanging out or anything just when he would interview him.This book is more about a"he said she said" kind of deal and i felt like i was just reading articles out of a newspaper or magazines,just reports. There were a few good insights, but there was also other storys that didnt sound like MJ's character and the author just tries to paint him in a view of being a sad person which I doubt completely was him from what I've read in other books that MJ personally wrote and interviews from people who knew him he was a normal person w/every feeling besides just being sad..idk it just felt like he was painting a picture for the reader to look at MJ through his view.. But my personal opinion was this guy was not his friend at all just a reporter that MJ encountered through out his life thats about it and I just felt like i was reading reports.. Lame...Its not the worst book i ever read or anything but it just wasnt my fav.
jjPA More than 1 year ago
I don't know where to start...the content, context, misspelled words, (over 30 words) Hello, spell check??? The way this was written made me feel immediately annoyed and angry at the sarcastic and hurtful remarks about Michael. For being a childhood friend of his, it certainly didn't sound like it. If anyone has had a chance to look at Randy and Michael's picture, take a close look. Do they look happy? Talk about forced smiles. I mean, who does he think he's kidding? He says LM and MJ were true loves. Well, I really hope that's true, but maybe not until she (hopefully) writes a book herself. Who are we going to believe anymore? A writer that is purely NOT a friend of Michael's, clearly ignorant regarding the child molestation charges. If he was such a close friend, as he comes across when he's on the interviews after Michael's death, he says they grew up together. Well, that doesn't necessarily make them friends, does it? Just to make it fair he should have done more research about the FALSE charges. Has he ever heard of extortion? Now there's a concept...someone making false allegations about an icon. Maybe he should pick up a copy of several other books that have the actual facts inside and outside the courtroom, how the media was 99% against Michael and never reported the entire "truthful" facts. Yeh, Randy sounds exactly like that! I will NEVER buy another book written by him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I felt wholly satisfied. Taraborrelli did an outstanding job in allowing me to feel and take part in the anguish, joy, pain and hype of such a sensitive and yet dramatic human being. I have always admire the King of Pop. As you read you will come to know that Michael Jackson world was one of its kind and the Author kept it real (unbiased) throughout the reading. This is a must read for all fans. I'm sure you will enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you Randy... We love and miss you Michael Jackson
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
A fan of the late great Michael Jackson, I opened this book wide-eyed with interest. A massive read, it was also hard to put down. However, I'm somewhat torn. While informative, I question the credibility and its accuracy of some of what was written. As an author Taraborrelli's narrative is well written, flows easily, and it's apparent that he had an "inside" look. Some of the book appears to be based in truth, while other parts are questionable and opinionated. That said, I don't think we'll ever get an accurate account of Michael's life. As a biography, over all I enjoyed it and recommend to others as long as you read with an open mind and aren't looking for concrete truths. Reviewed by: Jada
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only bought this book because he helped Michael write Moonwalk. It has nothing but tabloid rumors and false stories about Michael. I am shocked that some readers considered this book an unbiased view of MJ. Anybody who is a real fan of Micheal knows about these false stories. In back of the book, he has all of his sources listed which are tabloid stories. You can tell this guy never knew Michael by the way he talks about him. I am never buying another book about MJ again because this is the second book that I have read that is nothing but false stories. If you want to read a book that is true read his Moonwalk book. Everything else is just tabloid junk. Including his brothers and sisters who are trying to get money out of MJ's name. I Highly DON'T recommend this book. This guy is just trying to make money off of Michael's name. Don't give Randy your money. I am burning my book right now.
Marsha Millheim More than 1 year ago
I didnt like it at all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've followed Taraborrelli's coverage of Michael Jackson for years, and to be honest this book fizzled at the end. Somewhere Taraborrelli lost his enthusiasm for covering the events of Michael Jacksons life. The last chapters of the book seemed thrown together and "lack-luster" compared to his earlier writings. The tonality was almost bitter and disconnected in relaying key events. In my opinion if Taraborrelli wasn't going to attack the last few years of Michael's life with such fervor as the earlier years, he shouldn't have released the compilation edition. The subject matter (Michael Jackson) is still of interest to me, but I was disappointed with Taraborelli's attempt to "finish" this saga. Perhaps his energy was more focused on other celebrities. I would recommend this book for the early works, but chapters of events after 2001, don't even bother with. A child could write a better chronology.
Goldens4Me More than 1 year ago
This book provides a lot of insight into the world of Michael Jackson. Much more so then Michael's autobiography Moonwalk. Randy Taraborrelli does an excellent job following Michael's life. He is very thorough. I felt like I really knew and understood Michael after reading this book. Even if you're not a Michael Jackson fan, it's a good read. Michael is a very talented and ingenious individual. I'm a fan and absolutely loved this book. I liked it a lot better than Moonwalk.
pydollwillie More than 1 year ago
This is basically a reprint of his original book with a few pages added on after Michael's death entitled 'the final years'. It seems that the last section of the book was just thrown together, even the pages are not the same quality as the rest of the book. I think there were some old copies of Taraborrelli's book that were not sold and this last section was just attached onto it. But, the main objection to this story is that he prints gossip and tabloid stories as if they are in fact true. Several times he also gives his opinion of an incident which has no factual backup. I would not have bought this book if I had known this before hand. In the prologue of the book, he asks what can you do if you had an inordinate amount of money? He asks a rhetorical question, "if you don't like the color of your skin? Fade it away". Now, if he was really a close friend as he claims, he would have known that Michael had the disease vitiligo. I am sure he found out that Michael had vitiligo when the rest of the world found out during the Oprah interview in 1993. Don't waste your money, there is nothing in this book you have not already heard, be it fact or fiction. If you want to read a book of poems and reflections by Michael Jackson, I strongly suggest you order 'Dancing the Dream' which you can get online from amazon.co.uk for less than $30. It is the second printing of his original book published in 1992. Also, Michael's book, 'Moonwalk' can be ordered from amazon.com for about $16. Both or excellent books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book because it was my first in depth reading about Michael Jackson. Was hoping to find more details about the various segments that were addressed and covered. Would like to know more about what made Michael tick and inspired his song writing.
DH43 More than 1 year ago
Riveting and compelling, Taraborrelli's biography of the King of Pop shows the human side of Michael Jackson. The author presents an in-depth look into the makings of a musical superstar and the demons that Jackson grappled with from the time he stepped into the limelight throughout his stellar, yet shockingly lonely life. Taraborrelli paints a vivid picture of the child star who struggled with the trappings of fame and the genius icon who lived in a very different world. The book provides details about the labyrinthian world of the music industry, the sibling rivalry among the brothers, and Jackson's complicated relationships with his parents, friends, and associates. Even with all the information, Taraborrelli does not draw conclusions for the reader about Jackson. For those who want to gain a better understanding of the man behind those many-colored masks, they must read this rendition of Michael Jackson's interesting life.
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#@#@#$$###led zepplin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only liked him for a certain amount of time until led zeppelin came along. Yeah baby!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Joseph Jackson was truly the King of Pop. My favorite songs of his are Beat It, Thriller, and Black or White. YEAH BROTHER!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh wait, SHES already dead.:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael is the best
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I am a huge fan of Michael Jackson, and when i found this book, I was a little skeptical at first. Then i read through it. This book really does sum up MJs life and drove away the fog on several subjects about him that i was confused about. Its a great read in my opinion. While the author does have several opinions throughout this book, I could understand how hard it would be to write a biography of Michael Jackson and not have at least some of your own opinion in there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So so simple wow i love micheal jackson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love michael jackson
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