The definitive biography of Michael Jackson, a “vivid…gripping8230;authoritative account of a world-changing pressure of nature” (Rolling Stone), celebrating the King of Pop’s legendary contributions to music, dance, and widespread tradition. From the second in 1965 when he first stepped on stage—at age seven—in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson was destined to turn out to be the undisputed King of Pop. In a profession spanning 4 many years, Jackson turned a worldwide icon, promoting over 4 hundred million albums, incomes 13 Grammy awards, and spinning dance strikes that captivated the world. Songs like “Billie Jean” and “Black and White” altered our nationwide dialogue of race and equality, and Jackson’s signature aesthetic, from the only white glove to the moonwalk, outlined a era. Regardless of publicized scandals and controversy, Jackson’s final legacy will all the time be his music. In an account that “reminds us why Michael Jackson was, certainly, a ‘genius’ entertainer” (New York Newsday), Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper delves deeply into Jackson’s music and expertise. From the artist’s early days with the Jackson 5, to his stratospheric success as a solo artist, to “Beat It” and “Thriller,” “Dangerous” and “The Man within the Mirror,” to his risky closing years, his tried comeback, and premature loss of life, Knopper attracts on his “essential and reportorial savvy in assessing Jackson’s inventive peaks and valleys,” (USA TODAY) exploring the beguiling and sometimes contradictory forces that fueled Michael Jackson’s genius. Drawing on a tremendous 4 hundred interviews—starting from Jackson’s kinfolk, buddies, and key file executives to celebrities like will.i.am and Bizarre Al Yankovic—this essential biography places his profession into perspective and celebrates his triumph in artwork and music. That is “a considerate take a look at an artist who grew up in a segregated mill city and who, for the remainder of his life, made music to carry down partitions” (Chicago Tribune).http://books.google.com/books/previewlib.js
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