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Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson Hardcover – June 8, 2010
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“[A] reverent—but not wholly uncritical—blend of memoir, music journalism and pop sociology to commemorate the untimely death of the controversial but immensely gifted pop icon…A worthy postmortem tribute that admirably avoids both easy sensationalism and knee-jerk sentimentalism.”
Booklist, June 2010
“A brief if heartfelt assessment of Jackson’s career and life…George reappraises his own earlier writings about Jackson and reinvestigates the incredible work ethic that defined Jackson and producer Quincy Jones in the days when they produced Thriller…As one would expect from George, the narrative goes beyond surface concerns…George’s analysis and insight are laudable…A more than useful retrospective on the man and his music.”
“[George] offers many penetrating insights in the space of this succinct biography”
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. George touches on the Jackson5/Jacksons timeframe. He gave a little different point of view about Joseph Jackson's actions which I found to be very reasonable and definitely put it into the historical context of a black man in America at that time.
I did enjoy the song by song descriptions of the Thriller album. It gave more detail on where the inspiration came from for each, who wrote the songs, who played on the songs. It did focus on the creative team that was assembled for this historic endoeavor. I think this could have been taken even further. I did learn a little more about Prince's early career from parts of this book.
There was a reference to keeping the company of boys which I felt was not needed. Although, later in the book when talking about Chuck Berry as an early black rocker, Nelson George referenced the unfair application of the Mann Act that derailed Chuck Berry's career. It seemed to be an attempt put events that happened to Michael Jackson in a racial context which many people believe to have been the reasons for the lynch mob mentality for the last 15 years of Michael's life.
Mr. George obviously had issues with MJ's skin problems. He discusses it in the book but doesn't really talk about the reasons for the skin lightening (ie. vitiligo).
The author does discuss the relationship between Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. Quincy Jones served as a mentor to Michael.Read more ›
Don't buy it. There are better books out there about Michael. If you still want to read, get it from the library if it is available in your area. That way you haven't lost any money. Just my two cents.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very insightful as to how each song on Thriller was created. However, there could have been more about Michael Jackson's life.Published on April 4, 2014 by Kady
I haven't read it yet, but it looks very good. I'm so glad an author has written a published novel specifically about the making of Thriller. It was long overdue. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by frank6
By Nelson George
Da Capo Press, $24.00, 241 pages
"Michael's drive bordered on the psychopathic...he was possessed.... Read more
This book really told me alot about this unbeleivable talent of this man. Th book describes every song of its meaning and why it was wrote. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by A-Rod
I was given this book by a fellow MJ fan and though he had some insight on MJ, he misses the mark. Being a HUGE MJ fan I found some of his "facts" incorrect. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Dolli4life
Nelson George, you did not disappoint me with the writing of this book! I read the very first paperback book you wrote about Michael Jackson here recently (you wrote it long ago)... Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Cheryl Grady
First of all, although the book is called "The musical life of Michael Jackson", it does not cover Michael Jackson's whole musical career, it's mainly focused on Thriller album. Read morePublished on October 2, 2010 by morinen
If you are looking for a sound biography about the Thriller years...look elsewhere.
The book is full of personal opinions and lacks interesting or informative content. Read more
I purchased this book on the strength that Nelson George was its author. I've read some of his articles and music writings and even a couple of his fiction novels; though with the... Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by L. Hastings