《Bran-New + Hardcover Edition + Michael Jackson Biography》Steve Kbopper - MJ : THE GENIUS OF MICHAEL JACKSON
This New York Times bestseller in hardcover edition is a bran-new book and still wrapped with new-book plastic wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM123.08 (Hardcover). Now here Only at RM28. The ultimate critical biography of the King of Pop: a panoramic, vivid, and incisive portrait of Michael Jackson that explores and celebrates his influence in music, dance, and popular culture, drawing on 400 interviews. From the moment in 1965 when he first stepped on stage with his brothers at a local talent show in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson was destined to become the undisputed King of Pop. In a career spanning four decades, Jackson became a global icon, selling over 400 million albums, earning thirteen Grammy awards, and spinning dance moves that captivated the world. Songs like "Billie Jean" and "Black and White" altered our national discussion of race and equality, and Jackson's signature aesthetic, from the single white glove to the moonwalk, defined a generation. Despite years of scandal and controversy, Jackson's ultimate legacy will always be his music. "Rolling Stone" contributing editor Steve Knopper delves deeply into Michael Jackson's music and talent. From the artist's early days with the Jackson 5, to his stratospheric success as a solo artist, to "Beat It" and "Thriller," "Bad" and "The Man in the Mirror," to his volatile final years, his attempted comeback, and untimely death, Knopper explores the beguiling and often contradictory forces that fueled Michael Jackson's genius. MJ: THE GENIUS OF MICHAEL JACKSON is an unflinching look at every aspect of the late King of Pop's life, from his childhood in Gary, Indiana, to his world travels as an international pop star. From the lows of his arrest for child molestation to the highs of his multi-platinum musical career, and finally to his tragic death on the eve of his planned "comeback" tour. Writer Steve Knopper appears to have thoroughly researched his topic--there are SCORES of reference pages, acknowledgments, and notes--and readers will come away with a much better picture of MJ: the man, the myth, and the legend. Whether you are a die-hard Michael Jackson fanatic or just a casual listener, you will come away with a deeper appreciation for the artist, and a better understanding of what made him who he was in the end. Drawing on an amazing 400 interviews—ranging from Jackson’s relatives, friends, and key record executives to celebrities like will.i.am and Weird Al Yankovic—this critical biography puts all the elements of his career into perspective, and celebrates his triumph in art and music. This is a rare and panoramic view into the genius and influence of an incomparable talent. Despite Jackson's tremendous success, his final years were painful and, ultimately, it seems, lonely. As Knopper reveals, the singer never fully recovered from a 1984 accident that burned his scalp while he was filming a Pepsi commercial. Constant skin bleaching and reconstructive surgeries turned his charismatic physical features ghostly. The infamous child molestation claims remain disturbing, but Knopper convincingly argues that Jackson was most likely not guilty. Testimony includes observations from the Los Angeles Police Department detective who investigated the 1993 charges. And "MJ" also shows how much of the 2005 trial for similar offenses was a farce. Undoubtedly, much of Jackson's life will always be a mystery. How could his voice sound almost adult just before puberty? What drove his self-destructive compulsions? Knopper's "MJ" points as closely as possible to the answers. MJ: THE GENIUS OF MICHAEL JACKSON is an unflinching look at every aspect of the late King of Pop's life, from his childhood in Gary, Indiana, to his world travels as an international pop star. From the lows of his arrest for child molestation to the highs of his multi-platinum musical career, and finally to his tragic death on the eve of his planned "comeback" tour. Writer Steve Knopper appears to have thoroughly researched his topic--there are SCORES of reference pages, acknowledgments, and notes--and readers will come away with a much better picture of MJ: the man, the myth, and the legend. Whether you are a die-hard Michael Jackson fanatic or just a casual listener, you will come away with a deeper appreciation for the artist, and a better understanding of what made him who he was in the end. Jackson was a musical prodigy whose talent was almost limitless. His brilliant career was derailed by scandal, and his final 50 city tour was aborted by his death the night before it was to commence. Knopper does the best job of objectively recounting Jackson’s life and death that I have seen so far. His portrait is intimate without being prurient.Jackson was born in the 1950’s, a time when the race barrier kept Black performers from being seen by a general audience, with only the rarest exceptions. Black folks could play music for Black folks, and nobody else. The family was terribly poor, with eight or nine people crowded into a house better suited to three or four. They lived in Gary, a steel town in which Black poverty was more the rule than the exception. His father was a struggling musician until it became obvious that his sons had inherited his talent plus some. By the time Michael was five years old, he was the charismatic center of the Jackson Five, who soon were contracted to Motown, the center of African-American music in the USA. Knopper explains how the family’s progression from a Motown act, where they were not allowed to actually play their own instruments on stage and could not use music they wrote themselves; to an independent family act, apart from one son who chose to remain with Motown; to the final day when Michael got himself an agent and a lawyer and set out on his own, divorcing his family so that he could have full control over a solo act. Until he achieved independence, iconic creations such as Thriller and Smooth Criminal could probably never be launched. And he recounts the family drama that ensued, with bodyguards pulling guns to discourage Michael’s angry brothers when they tried to force their way past the gates of his estate, shouting that he owed them money. About the Author Steve Knopper is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and veteran music reporter who has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Wired, Details, and many other publications. His book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age, was prominently featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and dozens of other prominent radio and TV shows; Tom Hanks called it “amazing.” He has been a featured expert source on NBC Nightly News, CNBC, NPR’s Marketplace, among others. He lives in Denver with his wife, Melissa, and daughter Rose.
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