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  • Publisher: Books on Tape (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1415929505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1415929506
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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I would give "On Michael Jackson" a zero if that was an option.
B. SAMPSON
It included no new information (and in fact quite a bit of inaccurate information) and was very poorly written.
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Her one and only book, if that's what you call it, is based on her opinion only and a waste of time to read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By s.d. on December 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this book from the library. I'm 3/4 of the way through, and thank God I didn't pay for it.

I have to be honest, I don't think I've ever read an MJ bio with so many inaccuracies and armchair psychology wrapped around pseudo-intellectual speak. The inaccuracies are minor but abundant; some examples are wrong song lyrics, messing up Katherine Jackson's maiden name, and attributing the wrong songs to music videos. The author uses the messes up the name for one of the TV shows she mentions. Even someone who knows about the Jacksons in passing can point them out without have to use Google. The sad part is that this book could have had some potential in terms of studying MJ's psyche, and had some good points about child stars, how they are sexualized, used up and spit out by the industry. But all of this gets loss in the problems I mentioned earlier, and writing that doesn't flow or holds my interest as a reader. The only thing keeps me from putting the book down in MJ himself.

Honestly, I don't see how this book made it to print without a fact checker. And this is from a Pulitzer Prize-winning author? This book was published three years ago, how did this make it into print?

If any publishers are reading this, I'm out of work right now, and if you're hiring fact checkers, I'll be happy to send my resume.
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Boehm on January 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I must take issue with those reviewers who make a point of Margo Jefferson's factual errors, as if her book was meant to be definitively biographic. The title--"On Michael Jackson"--reveals her approach from the git. Hers is an extended--and exquisitely attuned--essay; a volume of musings on a deeply paradoxical subject that dips profoundly into cultural issues, and continually delivers treasure. The misguided will demand a summation, a tying-up; but this is a book of and about perception. Don't miss it if you enjoy the play of an extraordinary mind on an extraordinary subject.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By O. Guthrie on March 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a nicely written, succinct review of the Michael Jackson story from the time he was pushed on stage by his father until he was found not guilty of child molestation. Why should anyone really care about him? Well, if you are at all interested in what can happen when society puts a young boy on a pedestal, sexualizes him at an early age, allows him to earn millions of dollars, and then watches voraciously as he descends into madness, this is a book that will not only hold your attention but will give you more questions than answers when you finish it. Is this black/white, man/woman an innocent who loves children or is he a clever child molester? Is he a victim or a perpetrator? You will have to make up your own mind. There are no easy answers in this book.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By adam on January 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
the author is extremely poignant and fascinating in her analagous prose concerning the star; however one wonders why so many of the dates listed for songs, videos, loss of afros etc. are wrong.

it is in stark contrast to her incredibly succinct descriptions of M.J.'s songs, taste in clothing, etc.

i've never read such articulate descriptions of certain aspects of the man's music, past and present. she seems to have a very intimate knowledge of the stages of his life and what they represent visually and culturally, but given that level of erudition, why would she totally miss the mark with the dates and years when she gets the meat of the matter at hand so successfully?

she goes on in great detail about when he loses the globular afro but claims he got rid of it in '77 when he clearly didn't lose it until late '79. (rock with you video)he still had it for months after the OFF THE WALL album was released in '79

jermaine's "word to the badd" is given a date of 1980, but it didn't come out until '90 or so.

she gives too much short shrift to some of the siblings.rebbie for example has done a little more than release some albums in japan.she did have a top 40 hitwith "centipede" in the states.

jermaine had a considerably more successful solo career than she let's on.

she describes the glitter outfit he wears in the "rock with you" video from '80, but cites the song as "show you the way to go", which is a jackson group effort from the '76 album "the jacksons"

it just makes me wonder.....how could she get THAT wrong?

don't try to say bad editing, cuz this is obviously her mistake.

other than that a truly fascinating read with some compelling historic references dating back to the early ninteenth century.

highly, highly recommended.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Coyle on May 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a very well thought out book - musings - on the life and work of Michael Jackson. It is especially fascinating on child stars and what we ask of them.

Research-wise, she does lose sight of the facts surrounding MJ at times and chooses supposition over evidence on occasion. For example, she does not seem to give much credence to his vitilgo yet he first consulted a doctor about it in 1981 or thereabouts, long before the public had any idea of it. A picture exists of him from the early eighties which shows what he looked like with out make up to cover the patches.

She also makes out that Michael dismissed Debbie Rowe when hed had enough of her - but I believe this was not the case. She twists the facts somewhat.

But on the whole this book is worth reading by anyone interested in fame, our celebrity culture, race, gender.

Some MJ fans won't like this book and I'd say it is aimed at the general reader, the curious or the fan who is open minded. Though her language may seem harsh, on reflection, Margo Jefferson does come down on MJ's side in the end.
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