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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: BlakeVision Books (July 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981650686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981650685
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Without calling much attention to itself, Vogel's writing is quietly incendiary and often rather delightfully subversive." -John Scott G., Music Industry Newswire

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JOSEPH VOGEL is a literary scholar, popular music critic, cultural historian, and author of the critically-acclaimed book, Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson (Sterling, 2011). He holds a PhD in American Literature and Culture from the University of Rochester. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, The Huffington Post, and PopMatters.

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The book is great, Thanks to Vogel one gets to know the Super star Michael Jackson was.
Myrna Solano
This is very interesting, informative writing on the artist Michael Jackson without adding any of the old media bias.
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After you read this book you will run for your headphones to listen to these songs as loud as the speakers will go.
J. Kelly

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By morinen on July 12, 2012
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This book is a collection of the some of the most eloquent articles written on Michael Jackson since his passing in 2009. Among tons of memories, musings, speculations and attempts to reassess Michael Jackson's art over the last three years, the work of Joe Vogel stands out the most profound, articulate and substantial. He makes important points about Michael Jackson's artistry and cultural impact, sometimes even in quite unexpected areas (such as comparing Jackson's Dangerous album with Nirvana's Nevermind), but nonetheless convincingly.
The books contains a number of pieces that had been published on various online media sites before, as well as a never before published chapter on Michael's childhood. This collection is a must-read for every Michael Jackson fan; and to those who are not familiar with Jackson's lesser acclaimed work, it will reveal new dimensions of the singer's persona and creativity.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By June NYCGAL on July 13, 2012
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This book is a compilation of articles written about Michael Jackson since his passing in 2009, with some modifications, as Mr. Vogel clearly states. While I have read them all individually over these years, it's great to have them all in one location, as there has been such a growth in appreciation for Mr. Jackson's work over the past several years. Mr. Vogel also lists his own personal top ten Michael Jackson songs and while at first blush I didn't agree with all, Mr. Vogel is so great at explaining lyrics, textures and nuances of music, that I soon changed my mind as to most of his choices. Surprisingly (but not to me) he listed Stranger in Moscow, with its poignant, emotional lyric, as one of his top ten. Vogel also references Hollywood Tonight, contained in the posthumous album, Michael (so controversial when originally released). I gained a new appreciation for HT from Vogel's background on this song. Personally, I would prefer to listen to Michael's unreleased demos all day, than to even one more overproduced posthumous song which, obviously, does not have MJ's personal stamp of approval.

In the introduction, Vogel refers to current articles about Michael, the artist, becoming more objective, rather than the trivial and sensational rehashes we were forcefed in 2009. With Joe Vogel's help, and that of certain other informed, intelligent authors, hopefully the objective swing will continue. I found Featuring Michael Jackson to be a step in that right direction.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mellow Rose on July 16, 2012
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At this point, Joe Vogel can do no wrong in my eyes.

His superb writing, storytelling skills & eloquence have won me over with Man In The Music (A MUST READ FOR all music lovers) and this new collection follows the same format. He presents behind the scenes stories for several songs (including recent releases Hollywood Tonight & Don't Be Messin' 'Round) pulled from interviews and discussions with Michael Jackson's associates. Joe Vogel's talent really shines when he gives voice to those collaborators, engaging and pulling the reader in and making him feel like he is privy to something really special. Often times, the reader feels like he or she is right there in the room with Jackson & the producers or co-writers, witnessing these creativity bliss filled moments.

I hope Mr Vogel keeps writing about Jackson's masterpieces. His writings give us an exclusive behind the scenes peek of a creative genius at work.

Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Martha on July 13, 2012
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This thought-provoking and very informative collection of writings by Joe Vogel is excellent! It is something that fans and non-fans will enjoy reading and offers them the chance to view glimpses of Michael Jackson's life and genius artistry in a refreshingly new and honest way. I found the chapter on Michael Jackson's childhood very interesting as it is written using many of his own words. You won't regret this purchase. I thoroughly enjoyed this read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelly on November 22, 2013
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Another winner by Vogel!! Bravo! No one captures the essence of Michael's artistry as well as Vogel does. This book had me listening to the 10 songs he writes about again and again to hear the layers of pure genius that is uniquely Michael Jackson. After you read this book you will run for your headphones to listen to these songs as loud as the speakers will go. I rarely listen to any other artist. Everyone pales in comparison to M.J. His work is as unique as he is and Vogel can guide you through it like no other author on Michael's work can. This was my third Michael Jackson book by Vogel and I cannot recommend it highly enough to fans and especially to critics. It really shows how shallow, racist, ignorant and pathetic the haters are for judging Michael by sensational tabloid trash. My hope is that positive truths about Michael continue to emerge as his art is rediscovered and appreciated until the end of time. I will always stand up for him. We all owe him that much, at the very least. Read this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan Howe on January 14, 2013
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This book captures Michael as the artistic genius he was as well as the compassionate, loveable soul, who was so unfairly demonized by mass media. What a tragic loss for an unworthy society...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wts on January 21, 2013
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This book is a collection of articles, features and reviews that Vogel wrote about MJ after his death, and which were originally published in reputable news magazines like Huffington Post and The Atlantic. These articles provide a serious evaluation of MJ that is reliable, accurate and insightful, beginning an important task which the mainstream media have so far largely neglected. The articles, which include material from interviews with some of MJ's closest creative collaborators, provide rare insight into MJ the creative artist, the cultural icon and the man.

One of the most interesting and important subjects covered is the impact of race on MJ's career. Other articles go into behind-the-scenes history of MJ songs which have not been covered in Vogel's other books, including songs like Morphine, Blood on the Dance Floor, Gone Too Soon, Hollywood Tonight and demos from the Bad era. Vogel also looks perceptively at the cultural abuse of MJ and his musical response, and at MJ's singular (re)definition of pop. Overall, these articles begin to explore the complexity and genius of Michael Jackson, and to situate his life and work, their meaning and significance, in relation to larger social issues and dynamics.

This book needs to be read by everyone, not just MJ fans, for - as this book begins to show - Michael Jackson's life and legacy have a wide and deep impact that transcends the man himself. MJ's life and work hold up a mirror to society. His memory matters, and it behooves us all to reflect upon how we, as individuals and as a society, choose to remember him.
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