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The Official Michael Jackson Opus Leather Bound – December 7, 2009
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The Official Michael Jackson OPUS is the only new publication approved and endorsed by the Estate of Michael Joseph Jackson. With over 400 pages of stunning and never-before-seen photographs plus personal, heartfelt essays written exclusively for this OPUS by those who knew Michael best and respected him most. This one-of-a-kind tribute book will help fans treasure the memory of an extraordinary person and performer.
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I consider myself a book lover, and I'm very pleased with the addition of the MJ Opus to my library. After examining and reading it, I'm frankly surprised it doesn't cost more. That it was produced in China is doubtless the reason for what I consider its relatively low cost. I find the quality of the materials exceptional: a substantial binding, high quality, heavy paper, and the printing especially of the color pictures is outstanding. The pictures of the paintings MJ commissioned are especially well printed. One, printed on two full pages (with another two pages showing a sketch with handwritten directions from MJ), should put to rest the myth that MJ had a painting of the Last Supper over his bed at Neverland with himself in the center as Christ. That controversial painting, by Nate Giorgio, was of 8 (not 12) of some of MJ's heroes, men who inspired him. Examination of the excellent detail of the picture shows it is definitely not a painting of a supper. A long table piled with books and papers is suggestive of a board meeting, with MJ chairman and on either side of him are presidents, scientists and entertainers: Lincoln, JFK, Edison, Einstein, Disney, Chaplin, Elvis and Little Richard. In their infamous raid on Neverland The police photographed MJ's bedroom with that painting at the head of his bed. It was featured at his 2005 trial, with everyone calling it his "last supper painting" up to the day of his funeral. This is one of the myths this book should help dispel.
The paintings show a side of MJ rarely glimpsed before, and even the paintings he used publicly were not shown in their entirety previously. I find them very revealing of Michael the art lover and art collector. They also open a rare window into his vision of the world and of himself in the world. Most of the photographs printed in Opus have not been used publicly before. MJ hired some of the best photographers and artists around, and I feel it is safe to say the photographs and paintings alike in Opus meet his high standards of excellence. As for the complaints about the resolution of some of the pictures, many of the older ones were shot using regular 35mm film and were not originally intended for high resolution applications. Yet I find even their resolution surprisingly good despite being grainy.
I find some of the essays disappointing and feel they are too short, but the book was intended primarily as a picture book with the text only being supplemental. True there is little about his family. The book is about MJ and his career (and opus is a Latin word that means "work"), not about the publicity seeking Joe Jackson or MJ's siblings, nor even about his Mom. I feel it does a good job of protecting his privacy and his personal life, while providing valuable insights into the complex person he was. I believe the Opus is a good presentation, both in essays and pictures, of the many facets of Michael Jackson.
I grew up with MJ, so I know that there will never be another.
If you are a big fan and can afford this book, you have to have it.
You won't need 3/4 of the others that you have, or will purchase.
I wish he was still here.