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Jermaine Definitely "Has Michael's Back" With This One,
This review is from: You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes (Hardcover)
Of all the books written about Michael Jackson over the years, this is by far the BEST--second only to Michael's "MoonWalk" autobiography.
Shortly after Michael's death in 2009, as details were surfacing, Jermaine commented "I should have had his back". Well, in this book, Jermaine has Michael's back and then some. This book is a wonderful journey down "Memory Lane" for those of us who remember growing up with Michael, and remember him as the cute little, angelic-voiced lead singer of The Jackson Five, who filled our hearts with 'joy and laughter'. This book is also filled with wonderful insights into not only Michael as the incredibly talented performer who knew how to 'analyse' a piece of music (without even having learned how to read music--amazing!!!) among other things, but also into the mind of a man who not only contributed to the vocal side of the concert but also designed the visual side as well. Readers will be amazed to learn of not only Michael's talents as a singer/song writer/dancer but also as an artist!!!
Jermaine definitely has Michael's 'back' in the chapters of the book where he discusses, among other things, the circumstances Michael found himself in unintentionally: among them, being falsely accused by two greedy, manipulative extortionists; as well as becoming unintentionally addicted to prescription medication he relied on, as Jermaine puts it, "To numb the excrutiating, chronic pain which plagued him the rest of his life."
Every description of Michael the human being is so well written, one cannot help but laugh out loud-- when picturing Michael with his chimpanzee "Bubbles" for example--; or cry as Jermaine recalls those times in Michael's life when he (Michael) wished someone would 'be nice to me today', or when recalling the times when at his home, Michael simply wanted to let his 'inner child go crazy'
With a wonderful poignant prologue which gives the reader a glimpse into what went on in Michael's hospital room, on a day during his trial when he'd been late for his court appearance, because he'd slipped in the shower, as the beginning; and an equally poignant epilogue in which Jermaine recalls Michael's generous act of 'passing out candy to the kids in our neighborhood...", Jermaine's book--, though at times seeming to lean a little toward becoming the "Jermaine Jackson Story"--, is expertly written, and gives the reader more wonderful insights into not only Michael Jackson but the entire Jackson family, as well as a welcome sense of closure as all the myths created by the tabloid media about Michael over the past 20 or so years are debunked once and for all.
This book is for any fan of Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, and/or the Jackson Five...I highly reccommend it.