You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes

You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes

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by Jermaine Jackson

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Jermaine Jackson—older than Michael by four years—offers a keenly observed memoir tracing his brother’s life starting from their shared childhood and extending through the Jackson 5 years, Michael’s phenomenal solo career, his loves, his suffering, and his tragic end. It is a sophisticated, no-holds-barred examination of the man, aimed at…  See more details below


Jermaine Jackson—older than Michael by four years—offers a keenly observed memoir tracing his brother’s life starting from their shared childhood and extending through the Jackson 5 years, Michael’s phenomenal solo career, his loves, his suffering, and his tragic end. It is a sophisticated, no-holds-barred examination of the man, aimed at fostering a true and final understanding of who he was, why he was, and what shaped him.

Jermaine knows the real Michael as only a brother can. In this raw, honest, and poignant account, he reveals Michael the private person, not Michael “the King of Pop.”

Jermaine doesn’t flinch from tackling the tough issues: the torrid press, the scandals, the allegations, the court cases, the internal politics, the ill-fated This Is It tour, and disturbing developments in the days leading up to Michael’s death. But where previous works have presented only thin versions of a media construct, he provides a rare glimpse into the complex heart, mind, and soul of a brilliant but sometimes troubled entertainer. As a witness to history on the inside, Jermaine is the only person qualified to deliver the real Michael and reveal what made him tick, his private opinions, and unseen emotions through the most headline-making episodes of his life.

Filled with keen insight, rich in anecdotes and behind-the-scenes detail, You Are Not Alone is the book for any true Michael Jackson fan and for anyone trying to make sense of the artist whose death was so premature.

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Jermaine Jackson sets out to resurrect the tarnished legacy of late superstar brother Michael in an emotionally charged memoir. "Erms" (Michael's nickname for Jermaine) had a complex relationship with his brother. There was jealousy, sibling rivalry and professional brinksmanship. A lot went down between the two since first huddling together as starry-eyed innocents at their window overlooking Jackson Street in the 1960s. Ultimately, the gradual degradation of their close relationship led to long periods of estrangement where Michael was alone. Jermaine attempts to present all this in the most positive light, and his enduring love for his doomed brother is evident. But his reliability as an advocate for The King of Pop's more inscrutable behavior remains questionable. According to Jermaine, Michael kept his brothers at arm's length during much of the baffling metamorphosis he underwent later in life. The author clouds the picture even further at times when it appears he is simply singing his own praises. Jermaine's narrative works best in recounting the early years of the Jackson 5 when the brothers were undeniably united in a musical dream and Michael was unquestionably the coolest little dude anywhere to command a stage. Even here, though, the seeds of Michael's downfall loom. The insular nature of the brotherhood itself seemed to preclude outside relationships and produce in Michael an overreliance on a unit that was always destined to change, leaving him adrift when it did. Couple that with the young artist's inability to effectively cope with his growing body dysmorphia, and some of the head-scratching events that followed in MJ's life begin to make more sense. Whether Michael was the victim of twisted, uninformed perceptions of him, as Jermaine steadfastly asserts, or was actually the dangerous eccentric portrayed by the media, the view from 2300 Jackson Street is still tragic. A not entirely convincing but unwavering defense of an unquestionably odd performer, and an intimate look at one of the greatest recording artists of all time.

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Jermaine Jackson, fourth-born in the musical family dynasty, was an original member of the Jackson 5. Singer, record producer, and composer, Jermaine is widely perceived as the Jackson family’s spokesperson, both before and after Michael’s death. He is the father to seven children and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Halima.

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You Are Not Alone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend for everyone to read this book. Either you're a fan or not of Michael it's something worth reading. I couldn't stop crying for Michael who's motive is to help not only the children but everyone in need. Some people have true desire to help not just for publicity sake. He's one of a kind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although jermaime tell the same jackson stories others have written over the years he do so with insight and clarity that makes you enjoy them again. Also who knew jermaine could be so humourous? I enjoyed the book and his explanation for singing "word to the badd"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and Iove micheal no matter what..
plh717 More than 1 year ago
I waited a long time to purchase this book. I had mixed emotions, thinking Jermaine was trying to cash in on Michael's name. Well I was so wrong. You can feel the love he has for Michael throughout. Even though they may not have always seen eye to eye on things the love and respect for each other was always there. I definitely recommend this book to any fan or anyone who is at all curious about what it is like being a member of the Jackson Family. The title says 'You Are Not Alone Michael'...the media would like to have us believe the opposite. After reading this book I now see this family through different eyes. Thank you Jermaine for sharing your story!
dggibbet777 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this one and I think Jermaine did a wonderful job in that the book honored the memories of his brother Michael so well. Jermaine congratulations on the book and my prayers continue for you and your family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Michael Jackson's autobiography Moonwalk, it made me wish that he had written more about himself. I started looking for other books, biographies written by those who were around him and knew him. While searching, I came across You Are Not Alone and immediately knew this would be my next read. I thought what better person to tell the story of Michael than a brother who sang alongside him on the same stage as little boys, in a setting almost reminiscent of a budding praise band. With insight from within, You Are Not Alone captures the reader's heart and invites him into the Jackson family's living room, concert tours, legal battles, & most importantly, into the soul of a man who longed to be loved and seen as normal like any of us. This is a good read for anyone who is a fan of Michael's both on and off the stage, & who wishes they had more years to spend with him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
many people may not know Michael Jackson & his feelings I DO I'VE BEEN THERE all I CAN say is I LOVE You MJ I UNDERSTAND YOU !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This being the third book I read on MJ, it is my favorite. It gives a great outlook on Michael's life and Jermaine does a great job on telling a story without going into too much detail of some aspects of the music industry that normal people dont understand.
ladypoose More than 1 year ago
Michael & my sister were born the same day same year. We grew up with Michael. I'm only on Chapter two but I am thoroughly enjoying the human side of Michael and not the "media" view of him. I think Jermaine for allowing us to see this side of his brother, Michael, and what it was like for them all growing up.
LTolle More than 1 year ago
Very informal on the private life of Michael and his family. I felt like it was true to form since it was coming from his brother. Lots of information and insight on Michael. Thank you, Jermaine!!
Anonymous 9 months ago
So much better than I expected! I didn't get around to reading this until LONG after I purchased it... now I'm sorry I waited so long.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Doing a book report
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a firsthand account of life in the Jackson family and their rise to fame. Jermiane gave us an insighinto what drove his brother into becoming the largest star in the world as well as the struggles that he went through. Strongly suggest for any fans of Michael or the brothers. I cried at the end but so well worth the read. Thank you Jermaine for letting us into your and your brothers world.
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This is dedicated to Pantherstrike and other rpers who succeeded at or attempted suicide due to bullying. You will be forever missed. May God watch over your souls.
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Ilove mj
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's well known that the Jacksons have been a bit leery of the press and tabloids, so it was great to get an insider's account of their story from the beginning to the present. Great read!
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This book is awesome you have to read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would you give it a rest already? How much do we have to hear about one person? Yes he was famous black and talented but your forgettig one thing he was not perfect im siiick of hearing about troubled stars theyre troubled becase they couldnt handle the fame it goes to some peoples heads NowWill everyone shut the f up already?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is nice Jermine wrote about his younger brother. R.I.P Michael Jackson. U will always b luved..
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