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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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It was so refreshing to be able to read about some of the most iconic songs ever written. Being able to read up on some of my most favorite songs such as Tabloid Junkie, The Lady in My Life, Whatever Happens, and Is It Scary was exciting. He evens mentions some of his unreleased some from each album. I have the majority of them so I was so happy to find out when they were originally recorded. The way he describes each song makes you want to listen to them immediately after. My MJ jam sessions are more amazing now that I have read this book.
My favorite chapter was Thriller. There have been many times where I questioned why this is the greatest selling album of all time. I was kindly reminded as to why. The hard work he put into this album is like no other I've ever seen. This album has broken so many records and gained many accolades. I felt like I was there with him while making this record. Listening to the album after reading this gave me the most amazing feeling. Michael's spirit oozed through each lyric, melody, and sound on that album. No one will ever top this!
The photographs selected for this book are breathtaking! I shrieked when I turned the page and saw my all time favorite picture of him! Hint: its from the Liberian Girl video :). He is one of the most sexiest men ever. I wish he could've seen the beauty we see in him. I loved seeing all of the album covers and the pictures from the videos.
All in all, this is a classic. This should be a best seller but of course the media isn't going to advertise something that shows Michael in a positive light. Everyone who reads this, recommend it to others. Lets get the word out!! All music lovers must read this!!!
Thank you Michael! Thank you for blessing us with your gift! Thank you for making history! Thank you for paving the way for other artist! Thank you for loving the children! Thank you for loving Mother Earth! Thank you for understanding me when no one else would! Thank you for showing me what hard work and dedication is all about! Thank you for being you! :)
Joseph Vogel - you're the man!!
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.
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