- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402779380
- ISBN-13: 978-1402779381
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 145 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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"A thoroughly enjoyable analysis of the music and life of the most popular musician of an era." -Library Journal
"Immerses readers in a chronological exploration of Michael Jackson's remarkable solo career. Chapter by chapter and literally song by song, [Vogel] discusses Jackson's albums, videos, dances, cinematic influences, musical heroes, idiosyncrasies, and artistic transformations...Readers will enjoy." -Publishers Weekly
"Man in the Music is a sensitive, perceptive, comprehensive and compelling exploration of the creative genius of Michael Jackson. The author provides a special insight into the imagination and magic of perhaps the greatest musical artist of our time. All who love Michael Jackson will appreciate this original work." —Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr.
"The most thorough and accurate portrayal of Michael's musical life I've ever seen." -Brad Buxer, Music Director for Dangerous and HIStory World Tours
"Man in the Music is thankfully all about just that — the music. Vogel takes the reader album-by-album, song-by-song and examines in exhaustive detail how Jackson produced a lifetime’s worth of music that became a soundtrack to the lives of millions…. Each song Jackson recorded during his solo career is examined with a critical eye. It’s a fascinating read and really a must-have for any Jackson fan." -Mike Householder, Associated Press
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Following a Foreword by Anthony DeCurtis, Vogel's introduction provides a framework and scope with which to comprehend the magnitude of MJ's worldwide influence upon lyricism, storytelling, music arrangement, stage performance, publishing, and business. Song by song, album by album, decade by decade, Vogel reveals the social and cultural context, the history, and the story behind MJ's work as an adult solo artist. Starting with OFF THE WALL-era works such as Blame it On the Boogie and Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Vogel ends with post-humous MICHAEL-era releases such as Hollywood Tonight and Much Too Soon.
What creates added value to Vogel's deep research are discussions of unreleased songs and demos, contributions by MJ to the albums of other artists, plus lesser-known songs by MJ that flew under the radar, due to the cacophony of media noise in North America that drowned the man and his music.
Vogel provides coverage of approximately forty years worth of songwriting and arrangement with heavy notes and quotations from MJ's own autobiography, biographies by of MJ by other writers, magazine and newspaper articles, television and radio interviews of MJ, Internet resources, and interviews with people who were once part of MJ's circle. Some minor mistakes include reference to the Sledgehammer Sisters (Vogel means Sister Sledge) and the arrival of Mary J. Blige in the 2000s (Blige arrived in the late 80s/early 90s with the New Jacks).
Overall, this is a fascinating read that answers questions of what and who influenced MJ's development as a songwriter and performer, how MJ pierced longstanding institutional segregation of Black North American music artists, and how MJ's competitive spirit and perfectionism influenced music entertainment as a whole. With the MAN IN THE MUSIC, Vogel succeeds in drowning the cacophony of media noise and sensational propaganda with renewed focus upon the genius of MJ's lyrical expression; storytelling ability; song arrangement, performance, and delivery; stage presence; and monumental influence upon fellow artists such as Prince, Madonna, Janet Jackson, and other pop and rock stars who followed his lead.
Recommended for the general reader plus high school and college-level creative arts programs, as well as music libraries as a reference resource. Book includes extensive Notes, Photo Credits, List of Songs, General Index, and Photo Index. The book unfortunately does not include a comprehensive list of the record-setting number of music-related awards MJ received, but this information is easily available other places.
There have only ever been two music icons in the history of music. Both genius in their own right, both described as "other worldly," "from another planet," meaning they possessed a gift bestowed only by a higher power. A power that could only be seen in their performances and, heard in their music. Michael Jackson was one of them. Alanna Nash wrote what I call the Elvis Bible and, Joseph Vogel has written the Michael Bible. If you've not read this, don't borrow. It will be one that you will want to revisit over and over again. Thank you, Mr. Vogel.
Whether you're a dyed in the wool fan, a musician, or just someone curious about music this will make fascinating reading. Joseph Vogel walks readers chronologically through Michael Jackson's albums first covering the album as a whole before discussing each song individually. Mr. Vogel's research includes interviews with technicians and musicians who worked with Jackson who provide insightful glimpses into the creative process. The work even includes information on a number of unreleased songs from Jackson as well as his posthumously released material.
Undoubtedly this is the definitive book on Michael Jackson's music and therefore of the man as well. It's easy to imagine perceptions being changed and reassessed from the analysis and discussion in this comprehensive and respectful work. A treasure trove that should not be missed.