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Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days

Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days

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by Bill Whitfield, Javon Beard
     
 

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Hounded by the tabloid media, driven from his self-made sanctuary at Neverland, Michael Jackson spent his final years moving from city to city, living with his three children in virtual seclusion—a futile attempt to escape a world that wouldn’t leave him alone. During that time, two men served as the singer’s personal security team: Bill Whitfield, a

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Hounded by the tabloid media, driven from his self-made sanctuary at Neverland, Michael Jackson spent his final years moving from city to city, living with his three children in virtual seclusion—a futile attempt to escape a world that wouldn’t leave him alone. During that time, two men served as the singer’s personal security team: Bill Whitfield, a former cop and veteran of the security profession, and Javon Beard, a brash, untested rookie, both single fathers themselves.

Stationed at his side nearly 24/7, their job was to see and hear everything that transpired, and to keep everyone else out, making them the only two men who know what 60 million fans around the world still want to know: What really happened to the King of Pop?

Driven by a desire to show the world who Michael Jackson truly was, Whitfield and Beard have produced the only definitive, first-person account of Michael Jackson’s last years: the extreme measures necessary to protect Jackson and his family, the simple moments of happiness they managed to share in a time of great stress, the special relationship Jackson shared with his fans, and the tragic events that culminated in the singer’s ill-fated comeback, This Is It. The truth is far more compelling than anything you’ve yet heard.

An indispensable piece of pop-culture history, Remember the Time is the story of a man struggling to live a normal life under extraordinary circumstances, the story of a father fighting to protect and provide for his children. Remember the Time is the book that dismantles the tabloid myths once and for all to give Michael Jackson back his humanity.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
06/15/2014
Love him or loathe him, Michael Jackson is indisputably one of the most intriguing and enigmatic entertainers of the 20th and 21st centuries. With a career spanning early childhood to his disturbing descent into a reclusive adulthood, he is a global icon. While much is known about his life (his humble beginnings, plastic surgeries, sex abuse allegations, etc.), very little is known about the "true" man. Although his former bodyguards Whitfield and Beard's first-person vignettes provide little-known facts about Jackson, this title raises more questions than can be gleaned from their two-and-half-year security detail. Written with Tanner Colby (Some of My Best Friends Are Black), this book attempts to showcase Jackson's "humanity" while leading the reader to speculate about those things that kept him imprisoned by paranoia and isolation. Colby augments the bodyguards' narratives by providing background information about the artist's success and decline—a combination that is likely to make readers frustrated and wondering why the singer's life deteriorated so rapidly and why he behaved as he did. Whitfield and Beard present Jackson as a "normal eccentric" who craved stability and relationships while remaining distrustful of most; a childlike, doting father whose naïveté in certain situations (e.g., finances) is both baffling and fascinating. VERDICT Recommended primarily for Michael Jackson fans.—Tamela Chambers, Chicago Pub. Schs.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-06
The calamitous last stage of the singer's life as told by his trusted security team, with the assistance of Colby (Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, 2012, etc.).Whitfield and Beard witnessed firsthand how Michael Jackson (1958-2009) squandered his enormous wealth by trusting the wrong people, whose questionable business deals yielded more legal entanglements than profits. They steered clear of the infighting and conflicting agendas among those who oversaw Jackson's crumbling empire and observed how Jackson, deliberately disengaged from his own affairs, was "a billion-dollar enterprise, running 24/7, and there was nobody in charge." The authors provide solid insight into Jackson's immature behavior—e.g., his ruinous habit of turning to wealthy, powerful figures to rescue him in times of crisis and his blithe dismissal of the harm his staff endured due to his refusal to manage his corrupt advisors. In one incredible story, Jackson asked Whitfield during one of the pop star's famed spending sprees at FAO Schwarz why Whitfield wasn't buying Christmas presents for his own daughter; when he informed Jackson he had not been paid in weeks, he replied "Oh" and did nothing to repair the situation. Jackson was renowned for his enormous compassion and generosity to people in need around the world, but he couldn't see the pain his actions caused the people closest to him. "[B]eing isolated from such a very young age," write the authors, "he [never] developed the skills you need to cope with personal relationships." The authors also reflect on how Jackson missed out on more than just playtime and friendships: "Childhood isn't just about being a child; it's about becoming an adult," says Whitfield. "Because eventually you will be an adult, whether you want to or not."Illuminating and thoughtful, especially for those who can't help but hear Jackson's hit song when they read the book's title.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602862517
Publisher:
Weinstein Publishing
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,027,077
File size:
514 KB

Meet the Author

Experts in the field of private protection, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard served for two and a half years as the personal security team for Michael Jackson and have worked with numerous other high-profile clients, including Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Alicia Keys, and Shaquille O’Neal.

Cowriter, Tanner Colby, is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in The Acts, Belushi: A Biography, and Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, which was nominated for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction by the American Library Association. He is also a frequent contributor to Slate magazine.

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Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days 1.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The third bodyguard from their Las Vegas team, Mike Garcia, has denounced Whitfield and Beard and distanced himself from them. On his Facebook page, Garcia posted: "...The two other bodyguards I worked with ... are coming out with a book in conjunction with those that never had Mr. Jackson's best interest and stole from him. In the past years, I've been asked about the other two bodyguards and always remained silent. Now I can no longer do that.... Its the greed of just them two, and they care of only money.... For the record, I am NOT involved in their book and I'm in disbelief that they have sided with the ones who took advantage of Mr. Jackson. Just when I thought these two couldn't disrespect Mr. Jackson even more, they do it again. Sad and the karma, in the name of Mr. Jackson will come to ... both." Food for thought.
Phyllis0 More than 1 year ago
A sad book for many reasons -- it is unauthorized by Michael Jackson, his Estate, or his family -- it is written by derelict employees of a great man and celebrity for their financial gain and ego. One star.
BradF1 More than 1 year ago
Lies-- In the title of their book and elsewhere, Whitfield & Beard claim to have been with MJ "in his final days," whereas they had NO CONTACT with MJ during all of 2009 [he died on June 25, 2009] - in fact, no contact with him for 8 months before his death.  These bodyguards have also misrepresented and lied about the amount of time that they were in service to Michael Jackson; they claim 2-1/2 years of service to give the impression that they were with him during his last days.  Not so! In the description of their book (on Amazon), they claim to be "the only two men who know what 60 million fans around the world still want to know: what really happened to the King of Pop?" In reality, they have no more information than anyone else who has followed MJ's last months. They also insist that Conrad Murray is innocent and should never go to jail [GMA program - 11/04/11], which assertions reveal their ignorance regarding the proven cause of MJ's death. This book is more about the ego of the two bodyguards than anything else.  They are trying to be heroes in the eyes of MJ fans, whereas they are maybe one notch above blatant con men.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The bodyguards offer little in the way of new insights into Michael Jackson.  I appreciate the personal observations they describe in the book, but I feel I don’t need another story about how isolated he was, how he was focused on his children, and about all the vultures around him.  Instead of adding to his legacy and straightening “a record,” they detract.   The description of the book is misleading and some of the facts they provide are erroneous.   They provide information that is unverified and that probably cannot be confirmed.   This leads me to question the veracity of their tales.  Had Kathryn Jackson or someone close to Michael endorsed this book, I would’ve given it more credibility.   The bodyguards publicly stated they would obtain Kathryn Jackson’s approval for their book before publishing it.   To date, no such endorsement has been made.  I did not like the profanity used in the book.    Michael would not have approved the use of profanity in a book about him either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s easy to understand why this misleading, third-rate book about Michael Jackson hasn't been endorsed by ANY of his friends, family members, creative collaborators or professional associates. If those that knew Michael personally learned of the many distortions in “Remember the Time," It's likely that they would strongly object to its publication. These bodyguards’ account of their interactions with Michael and his children comes across as both grandiose and egotistical. They spend way too much time boasting about how important they are, having worked for the world’s most famous person. Bill Whitfield arrogantly refers to himself as the “gatekeeper for the King of Pop," and both he and Javon Beard clearly want to make the story all about them. You can tell that they're loving the attention. A number of glaring inaccuracies with respect to dates and locations point to shoddy research and questionable -- if not fabricated -- sources. To correct the authors: Michael did NOT leave Neverland for Bahrain on June 19th of 2005. Also, Michael did NOT live on a horse farm in Virginia for five months in 2007. Finally, these bodyguards did NOT protect Michael in his “final days.” In fact, they had virtually no contact with him for all of 2009.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A poorly-written book with serious credibility problems. The third bodyguard of the Las Vegas security team, Michael Garcia, has condemned this book and distanced himself from it. No individual who really knew MJ during his lifetime has endorsed this book or supported it. These are powerful and very significant facts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not for children or teenagers or people who dislike profanity.  It's too bad that William Whitfield, Javon Beard, and Tanner Colby did not show respect for Michael Jackson by tempering their language and descriptions for a general, mainstream readership. Their use of obscene terms, including "f---" as various parts of speech [nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.], is inappropriate for a book about Michael Jackson, who always took the high road in his language and behavior. These "authors" either do not know better, don't care about their readers' sensitivities, or simply prefer to present themselves as macho and powerful rather than respectful. MJ deserves better from men that he hired and paid to be his liaisons with the outside world. These bodyguards owe MJ and his children their loyalty and their SILENCE. What happened to confidentiality and honor?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book of Michael Jackson fairy tales ... by authors who like themselves too much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
False title. False advertising. These bodyguards were nowhere near MJ during the last months of his life. How can anyone believe the contents of this book??? Tina
LiliG More than 1 year ago
This book has credibility problems for sure. Not a single person who really knew Michael Jackson has endorsed or supported this book. It appears to be a rogue book....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A one-star book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forget this one!  There are many other, MUCH BETTER and more believable books about Michael Jackson than this one   TH.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In their advertising of this book, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard have misrepresented their time and involvement with their mega-famous boss Michael Jackson. They were NOT with him while he prepared for "This Is It!" They were NOT with him when he lived in Los Angeles -- the last 8 months of his life -- because they were in Las Vegas. They were therefore NOT with him "in his final days" -- even the title of their book is a misrepresentation. They are NOT the "only ones who know what really happened to Michael Jackson," as they advertise. They know nothing about his final months at all except maybe for what they read somewhere. They certainly do not know what really happened to MJ as evidenced by the fact that they have been consistent supporters of Conrad Murray, who was convicted in 2011 for involuntary manslaughter, for having killed Michael Jackson. Murray served two years for this heinous offense, and yet these bodyguards have declared him "innocent" on television and elsewhere. These guys are lying and hoping to get away with it! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not recommended! There is a lot of false advertising for this book; the title is totally misleading; and much of the content is very questionable. Nikki M.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is more fantasy than truth. It's written for the aggrandizement of the authors, at the expense of Michael Jackson, who paid Whitfield and Beard to keep his personal life private. ... Betrayal for money and ego! One star. Joseph L.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Problems with this book include weak writing, the bodyguards' arrogance, crude language, and believability.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The bravado, profanity, egotism, and self-promotion of the authors are very off-putting and disturbing.  JS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not good!  1 star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth reading! Not believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Problems with integrity, credibility, and quality! One star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an unauthorized book about Michael Jackson with a misleading title and questionable content. One star. Mary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Egotism and arrogance come through this book from the authors. Michael Jackson deserved loyalty from these men. As so many others have done, they have betrayed him by publishing this unauthorized book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without credibility, what's left??? No one who knew Michael Jackson has endorsed or supported this book since it was announced. These opportunistic former employees of Michael Jackson have disclosed information about him and his children in violation of their duty to keep them private. Joseph
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really?? How can the authors claim to know what happened to Michael Jackson in his last days when they were hundreds of miles away and had had no contact with him for months? If they knew the real story, they would not be defending Conrad Murray. Betty A. February 2015
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's disconcerting to read this book, which was written and published without the permission of Michael Jackson, his family, or his Estate. His bodyguards have breached their duty to MJ by exposing him and his three children in this irrevocable way. Thumbs down.