My Friend Michael: An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man

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Everyone knows Michael Jackson—the myth. This is the revealing true story of Michael Jackson—the man.

To Frank Cascio, Michael Jackson was many things—second father, big brother, boss, mentor, and teacher, but most of all he was a friend. Though Cascio was just a few years old when he first met Jackson in 1984, at the peak of the pop star’s career, Jackson was at the center of his life for the next twenty-five years, allowing Cascio to observe firsthand the greatest entertainer ...

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Overview

Everyone knows Michael Jackson—the myth. This is the revealing true story of Michael Jackson—the man.

To Frank Cascio, Michael Jackson was many things—second father, big brother, boss, mentor, and teacher, but most of all he was a friend. Though Cascio was just a few years old when he first met Jackson in 1984, at the peak of the pop star’s career, Jackson was at the center of his life for the next twenty-five years, allowing Cascio to observe firsthand the greatest entertainer the world had ever seen. In that time, he became the ultimate Michael Jackson insider, yet remained publicly silent about his experiences. Until now.

In My Friend Michael, Cascio refutes the rumors, lies, and accusations that have accumulated over the years, providing a candid look at the Michael Jackson he knew for more than two decades. Offering an uplifting and definitive account of the legend, Cascio details how he grew up alongside Jackson, traveling the world with him on concert tours and eventually working for him. Through this lens, Cascio captures Jackson’s most private and tumultuous moments, while also setting the record straight on the entertainer’s notorious and misunderstood lifestyle—from his Peter Pan reality and his sexuality to the false allegations against him.

As Cascio shows, there was a great deal more to Michael Jackson than the headlines about him have suggested. Cascio reveals his friend in all his complexity, bringing to light his passions and joys as well as his flaws and eccentricities. Including stories about Jackson that have never before been made public, Cascio creates a balanced, human look at the pop star, one that shows Jackson as the very real person he was—a lively friend with an endearingly juvenile sense of humor.

What emerges is a clear-eyed yet deeply respectful portrait of Jackson—a man who was at times unremarkably average but also terribly scarred by his life in the spotlight. Packed with never-before-seen photos, anecdotes, and insights, My Friend Michael is a trove of Michael Jackson lore that both celebrates his life and redefines our understanding of the man behind the myth.

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Cascio was only five years old when he met Michael Jackson, who became a sort of surrogate big brother. At 18, he became Jackson's assistant; later, he graduated to manager. Always, he considered himself a friend. So his book should offer an intimate view of the real Michael Jackson, and, indeed, revelations are promised. As a result, there's a one-day laydown on 11/15/11. A 75,000-copy first printing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062090065
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 529,287
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Cascio is an entrepreneur whose expertise ranges from business finance to music entertainment. His friendship with Michael Jackson began in 1984, when Frank was just a few years old. At the age of eighteen Frank was hired by Jackson to be his personal assistant, eventually being promoted to personal manager. Cascio was a producer of The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See as well as the creative consultant and one of the producers of Michael Jackson’s Private Home Movies, which aired on Fox in 2003. Cascio divides his time between New York City and Europe, specifically Germany and Italy, two other places he calls home.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part 1 The Applehead Club

1 A new friend 11

2 The ranch 22

3 Good-bye Normal 40

4 Extraordinary world 51

5 The toll 62

6 Two Worlds 69

7 Making history 81

8 Mind maps 90

9 A New Father 106

Part 2 Frank Tyson And Mr. Jackson

10 Stepping Up 121

11 New Shoes 133

12 Life at neyeeland 150

13 100 Songs 164

14 Helpless 170

15 The unexpected 181

16 Hitting bottom 188

17 Yhe show goes on 208

18 Interlude 223

Part Three Michael Me

19 Method To My Madness 241

20 Misunderstood 258

21 False Charges 275

22 Justice 290

23 Reconcilation 301

24 The Unthinkable 310

Epilogue 322

Acknowledgments 327

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    Well Worth The Money!!

    This is an excellent read and gives the reader a truly inside look at who Michael Jackson was as a person despite the dehumanizing and bullying tactics of the tabloid media over the past 3 decades. Highly recommended!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Must Read!!!

    Very well written, insightful look at Michaels life as a very talented man, friend, and father as told by one the people closed to him.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    MJ10

    RIP MJ I LOVE YOUR MUSIC AND YOU ARE SO TALENTED!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    I miss u michael jackson

    Hedied on my birthday andwhen he dieda part of me did too he was an extordinary man even thouh he was an adult he was also a chiild on the inside there will never be anyone like him he will live on in our lives even though i was 7 years old he still plyed a wonderful part in my life he will be missed deeply remember when we fell in live we were young and innocent then he was a dreamer and friend a mentor a idol he can not be replaced no one can be just like him he was here for a short term in my life but i love him more thhen anything happy day of death and a happy birthday to me he died a tottal if six years sohe would of been 56 which is not old at all i love umichael jackson u r nor,t alone i am here with u thouggh were far apart ur always in my heart ur not alone u r te best r.i.p michael jackson

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    This book is the most amazing book I have ever read about Michae

    This book is the most amazing book I have ever read about Michael Jackson! !I hate to read but when I picked this book up to read it I could not put it down!If all books were like this book then I would enjoy reading!Usually I am lost by the first page to a book and put it down bored but not this book! I can say that no book has ever had me that drawn to reading before!The author Frank Cascio is absolutely amazing as a writer as I am sure he is amazing at other things as well but I must say that every sentence that I read I felt like I was actually there with Frank and Michael! Never before in my life have I ever felt like I was there in the story listening and sharing all things that this book opens up to share with you!There were sad parts,happy parts,hilarious parts when Michael missed the boat at Paris Disneyland while sneaking in after hrs. and falls in the water!I actually could see Michael standing there drenched in his pajama pants and floating fedora as I laughed uncontrollably! This is a amazingly great and well written book that I highly and completely reccommend for anyone who loves Michael Jackson and wants to read something worth reading that is positive toward Michael !I give this book a 10 star rating as it is superb!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    this book is awesome

    frank did such a good job on this book i highly recommend this book for any michael fan out there that wants to know about a true friendship between michael and frank i would recommend it for anyone to read it its a truthfull and honest book that talks about a true friendship between to close friends that shared one close friendship together

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Clairebear

    Yo dudes anyone wanna chat i have no nook friends.~Clairebear

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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