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Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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"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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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.
Vogel skillfully guides the reader through the remarkable chapters of Jackson's professional career, fully capturing the cultural vibe of the `80s and `90s, while analyzing the particularities of Jackson's creative process from inception to aesthetic fulfillment. It seems the author desires to move beyond exclusively "preaching to the choir" of Jackson's loyal fan base, and has an even more expansive and restorative intention in mind.
Vogel's narrative unfolds in a unique album-by-album mode, so Jackson's career is revealed through intricately woven stories that are chronologically linked with the creation of his music. This odyssey reminds one of a mythic "hero's journey," as it evokes the visceral emotion of artistic conquest. Throughout the process, Vogel explicates Jackson's music, performance art, cinematic short films, and aesthetic incarnations, as well as exploring Jackson's myriad eclectic influences.
The book's success is due, in large part, to a trilogy of strengths the author possesses as an academic scholar and also a writer on popular culture. Vogel manages to fuse a penchant for research with an engaging gift of journalistic storytelling. Rare, however, is the sense of spiritual exegesis he also provides. This literary alchemy gives the reader an entirely fresh and valuable comprehension of Jackson as a culturally transformative artist.Read more ›
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I like the book, though I was hoping for a little more personal info, instead of a strict "music by album" breakdown. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joshua Belyeu
'Man in The Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson' remains at the top of my reading list for all students of MJ Studies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth Amisu, MA, PGCE
bought for my daughter who absolutly loves MJ, shes so interested in the book its great.Published 4 months ago by J. Sawyer
Once again, I applaud Joseph Vogel for his professional, respectful and well-researched book. During a time when books revisiting tabloid myths, riddled with agenda, flood the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by jrling
An insight into the workings of a genius. Every song, album and music video is explained and evaluated in this must-have book.Published 9 months ago by Jarrad Hurley
Great background info on Jackson. Also, it really is a must have for anyone who is a fan of his music. Goes into great detail about all of his songs and how they came to be!Published 12 months ago by S. Ingham