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Michael ! The Michael Jackson Story Paperback – Import, 1984

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zomba Books; First Edition edition (1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946391394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946391394
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,100,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written in 1984, Mark Bego discusses the icon and the J5 back in the day and his various chapters of life through the Thriller years. Bego uses descriptive language and lots of details to keep the reader moving along.

Michael and the J5's early years are covered including their big break, fan mail, narrow concert escapes, hours of practice and constant photo shoots. Bego also details the publicly-promoted idea of Diana Ross' discovering the J5. He only gives Bobby Taylor "production" credit. He talks about the group's move to Epic Records, changing their name to The Jacksons, and provides lots of back stage stories.

Two great interviews in this book include a talk with Jill Klein, who gave Michael his original designer "look" insights, and John "Jellybean" Benitez, who was known as the number one disco mixer of the 1980s. Paul McCartney's co-collaboration on "Say Say Say" and "The Girl is Mine" is briefly touched upon, but interviews are given word for word.

There are more than 50 rare (at the time of publishing) photos of Michael with Rex Smith, the Village People, John Travolta, and Olivia-Newton John. Reading about how many well-known celebrities of the day worked with Michael and spent "spare" time with him makes this book worth the read. Bego describes Michael's meeting with some of his idols like Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, and Fred Astaire as some of the greatest moments in Michael's life.

The final chapters discuss the people Michael considers his best friends: Diana Ross,Quincy Jones, and Liza Minnelli, who he says he learned so much from. Michael also talks about his musical influences like James Brown, Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson, and Chuck Berry because according to MJ, "they got rock `n roll really going".
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