Well Gang, I have finshed the book and I am very confused by some things and would like your feedback.
First off, I could not put it down, it WAS interesting.
Second - I know Mr Taraborelli keeps using names of people he talked to in his book and he even references MJ said this and MJ said that, but do we know if he really did confer with MJ on any of his quotes?
I know MJ was not perfect, he is only human like the rest of us, but I find it hard to believe that he "dismissed" and talked down to so many of his close male friends and had them fired just because they didn't do what he wanted. There was even a part in there where it said he had cameras all thru Neverland and if he saw any of his employees not smiling, they would be dismissed. It never made reference to the cameras being for security, even though they must of been there for that primary reason, don't you think?
Several times Mr Taraborelli references that MJ tried to blame everyone but himself for things gone bad, but with all the good in MJ, and all he did for other people, I find it HARD to believe that he would of been that callous.
I also found it very hard to believe that he didn't want to see his family at times, espically his mother. He LOVED his mother very much, but I guess we all need space from our family's sometimes, and MJ was no exception. I do think he felt they used him a lot. I guess I am just under the impression that thru his trials (espically the 2005 one), and his death, his family always seemed to stick by him, espically his mother.
I do respect the fact, he never did talk down to women or children and always treated them with respect. I think that must of come from seeing his mother treated like she was by Joseph.
I am sure he put up with a lot from family and people he thought were his friends, but it was referenced by Mr Taraborelli, that some of the people he let go was simply because they just disagreed with him.
The chapter where he was stripped searched and the chapters on Jordie Chandler were very emotional for me. I can only imagine what he must of felt. I did notice Mr Taraborelli said MJ blamed his bodyguard that was in the room for the strip search....didn't quite understand that, but MJ was really upset and I guess he was lashing out at anyone he could.
Did anyone else feel this was good, but some parts were an "injustice" to MJ?
yes I fully agree with you.. After reading this book, i immediately had a feeling that the way Michael had been depicted was harsher and more callous than how he really was. By accounts of those who knew him well, he was a very soft, gentle, sweet , even frail person. This side of him always seems evident when watching any of his interviews. The author Randy on the other hand, has over the years reported on MJ on TV in a condescending, critical manner. I think he isn't all that different from that section of the media that continually picked on Michael...............
I did enjoy the book, but I didn't think MJ could of been that callous. I really believe, he didn't know a lot that his "camp" did...they kept a lot from him and when they did something, MJ got the blame.
I just hope now that he is laid to rest, things might be shed in a positive light.
Do you ever think the Doctor will get charged with anything?
Don't know if anyone is still interested in this discussion, but I read Taraborrelli because he really did know Michael and the family and really had written about Michael with fairness many times, plus he gives many of his sources and that shows integrity. Also, at the end, he says he cannot imagine a world without Michael Jackson, professes his love for Michael and his sorrow at his death and I believe it's genuine. With that said, there are some points in there for which Taraborrelli may not have had accurate and reliable information and some conclusions of his own may be uninformed. Many new insights into MJ have come to light over the summer, after the book's publication. But, MJ was also a human being and very well could have been callous on occasion (haven't you ever been mean?), could have fired employees that disagreed with him (when was the last time you disagreed with a boss or client and it was ok?). He could have done stupid things, said stupid things, just like any other human, but that by no means makes him bad or unworthy of the great love we have for him and his wonderful, loving heart. He gave all he had to the world and is to be venerated. Not idolized and worshipped, but loved unconditionally and held in high esteem, with great respect and awe for the incredible man that he was. He was a light in this world and there will never be another like him.
Back to Mr Taraborrelli's book. No, I do not think it DID mj "an injustice". Quite the opposite. Perhaps the problem some people have, is it was written with an open mind, and there were things that needed to be said to complete him as a person. And also to tell the story like it was and not like some would like to think it was. Randy knew MJ, and it was written with love and compassion and understanding. Which is more then I can say for most others books about him.
Yes, I felt this was "good" and the best bio out there on MJ. JRT did have access to the Jackson family to interview them and write about them for a long time, so he has some insight. But, he doesn't know everything, just what MJ and the others would tell him, and sometimes it's obvious he doesn't have a real understanding of some things. Also, some of his sources may be questionable, but he did name a lot of the sources he used that didn't request to remain anonymous. That was one reason I bought his book. Plus, he acknowledged the fans. But, in commenting on things like MJ dismissing employees who disagreed with him, that is pretty much what any employee can expect when he or she doesn't get along with the boss. Why should MJ put up with insubordination from an employee? Did MJ do some things wrong and make mistakes, be mean at times, maybe unfair. Of course, just like other human being in the world. Did MJ respect women, children, the earth God created and love his mother and all his family, his fans ... and his color. He said as much in every performance, acknowledging his brothers, calling them each out by name from the stage. And acknowledging his once brown color in old photos shown on the big screens behind him on the stage. It's all been right there for years, but the press blinded the people with their lies.
JRT may have a deeper understanding now that the movie has come out and also people who knew MJ best are speaking out and getting press coverage that they couldn't get before (and are posting like crazy on YouTube). So much more of the truth is now becoming known. What a shame it didn't happen while MJ was alive. Some of the writers, reporters and journalists out there should be ashamed of themselves.
read a few times trying to confirm my initial feeling, and it did. What I would say is: the author is biased, jealous, and with an iner feeling to make MJ look bad, from every littile incidence mentioned in the book. It is very annoying to get some details while suffering from the author's personal, inappropriate judgment which made the reading more upsetting than enjoyable!
Michael said in an interview with Jesse Jackson that many people miss-represent their friendships with him and there's no doubt in my mind that Taraborelli is one of them. He has failed to support the definition of "friend" in my book. Maybe he was friends with someone in the family and met Michael or something. I knew Taraborrelli was horrible when I watched his interviews on Michael when he was alive. This book just confirmed his true thoughts and feelings and that he believes the worst about his so-called friend.