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Product Details

  • Paperback: 860 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (December 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755216091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755216093
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend it to all MJ fans.
Lynn
For the first time we get to read how this man work behind the scene, reconfirming what was seen in films for his TOURS, Albums and Special Presentations.
Gaston F.
The amount of information in this book is enormous!
Coduscus

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gaston F. on December 30, 2013
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There is nothing out there in the Market like this compilation regarding Michael Jackson. This book “First Volume Edition” compiles all the information like a Dictionary from A to J. There is a lot of information regarding not just the released songs but songs that remain unreleased and still remain in the vault. There are also a lot of projects that Michael worked on unknown to the general public besides other visionary business ventures that in the last years took flight like he himself envision. Furthermore, it also contains interviews and his most daring speeches where he open up to the public like he never did before in Carnegie Hall in New York and Oxford University in London back in 2001, even more then he did in the Oprah Winfrey Show back in 1993. This book sources which are many by the way, has a lot of information from that actual people that work with Michael Jackson thru out his entire career. For the first time we get to read how this man work behind the scene, reconfirming what was seen in films for his TOURS, Albums and Special Presentations. This is an INSIDE LOOK of his artistry like a huge puzzle but each piece has a description for it. We often think we know him but you will be surprise by going thru this book that we actually didn’t know how much he care about his craft and also how much he care about his environment, youth, humanity as a whole just like his artistic expression. Towards the end of the book there is a list of links to other websites which contains footage, photos and other interesting galleries for further exploration. I personally was not looking for photos since I do have already books and magazines full of them. I was very interested about all this great compilation of information because I really wanted to know the lengths he will go to develop and invest himself as an artist. Best, G
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Healy on January 17, 2014
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For any fan of music superstar Michael Jackson 'The Maestro' gives you everything you need to know detailing his releases, short films, concerts, art and major moments of his life. Written via alphabetic entries it allows the reader to hone in on tracks or moments of interest and get clear and informative details. Based on fact rather than tabloid fodder, The Maestro presents a clearer picture of Jackson as artist and innovator. It will no doubt be the go to book for fans new and old, as well as other authors looking to fact check their own observations.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Allie on January 22, 2014
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This book is like a Michael Jackson 'bible' that tells you all about not only his music (released and unreleased), but also about his short films, interviews, philanthropy, etc. It is laid out in an easy to read format, not unlike an encyclopedia, so it is very easy to look up information. This book is huge; filled with stories I've never heard, and songs that are still in the vault. It totally focuses on Michael's career, and has none of the tabloid trash that fills so many other books about Michael. It's a book I'm proud to have on my coffee table, and encourage everyone who loves Michael's music to own this book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Coduscus on March 26, 2014
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The amount of information in this book is enormous! I can't believe this is only the first of this series of volume. The interviews and images are compiled flawlessly, leaving a book that beautifully displays the incredible life that Michael lead. Even websites don't have this kind of information so neatly put together. Can't wait for the next volume, truly worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerryah on September 18, 2014
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I got a shock when Chris' book arrived from Amazon. It's a HUGE volume - at least compared to the others I have by him (in association with Craig Halstead) namely Michael Jackson For the Record and Michael Jackson The Solo Years.

And this is only Volume One: A-J !!!

On first perusal I found the layout confusing because of the many images (some of them stretched or squeezed out of their correct ratios) for which its sometimes difficult to track down the supporting reference in the text.

The design is in keeping with the other aforementioned books, but it seems to me that a different style of lay-out and less of the barely relevant or poorly reproduced or proportioned images would have helped the look and readability of The Maestro.

The alphabetically arranged entries are, however, informative and have obviously been updated from Chris' previous titles as more information about Michael's life, career and musical output has come to light since his untimely passing.

There are some obscure (at least to me) gems, which the reader is only likely to come across when looking for something else - or by reading the book from cover to cover. For example, "Johnny Appleseed Story" is one entry, based on reports in 1986 that MJ was set to star in a film about the pioneering legend who planted apple trees across the United States. Apparently Michael wanted Steven Spielberg to star."

While we, as fans, lament all the ideas, schemes and dreams Michael talked of (or that were attributed to him) we will probably never know for sure which of these many stories has any basis in truth. Some reference to a source might give us an idea, but without that, such an item is merely 'curious'.
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