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Initial post: Jun 26, 2012, 1:35:54 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012, 4:13:25 PM PDT
J. Leone says:
This sounds great!

Posted on Jun 26, 2012, 7:12:11 PM PDT
J. Leone says:
Oh, no! Here is another project. It sounds iffy.

The following news comes from New York Daily:

The former right-hand man of Michael Jackson's late manager aims to spill a few industry secrets.

Mark Lamica , who spent nine years working with Frank Dileo, tells us he's planning a musical tour that will be loosely based on dealings between the King of Pop and the legendary cigar-chomping music man Dileo, who died in August 2011.

Lamica tells us the "dramical," which he calls "The Man," will follow the blueprint of the Oscar-winning movie "Dreamgirls" by showing the "ins and outs and ups and downs" of the music business, with "some of the dirt" sprinkled in for added drama.

"It's a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the making of a superstar client through the eyes of a manager," Lamica says.

The Jackson and Dileo characters will bear some resemblance to the actual men, but the musical's story will purposely be "vague," Lamica explains, so producers won't have to deal with Jackson's estate.

"People who know will know, and others won't," says Lamica.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012, 5:21:30 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 27, 2012, 6:00:41 AM PDT
C. Starling says:
Did he change his name? Mark Lamicka, not Lamica, was sued for fraud, for trying to book a tour for Kiss without authorization.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012, 7:10:44 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 27, 2012, 7:14:24 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 27, 2012, 7:47:13 AM PDT
J. Leone says:
This pretty much tells us the quality of the production- "by showing the "ins and outs and ups and downs" of the music business, with "some of the dirt" sprinkled in for added drama."

Posted on Jun 27, 2012, 7:58:40 AM PDT
Debra says:
"The musical's story will purposely be "vague," Lamica explains, so producers won't have to deal with Jackson's estate".

I smell lawsuit.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012, 9:02:28 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 27, 2012, 10:31:13 AM PDT
Dialdancer says:
"The former right-hand man of Michael Jackson's late manager aims to spill a few industry secrets."

Hasn't anyone noticed yet it is all about how an article is written? Almost any book which comes out that Michael's name in it in any context becomes a "tell all" this phrase is meant to push and continue the promotion that Michael was guilty. Besides the only time we seem to go and engage on a story is IF it is negative. The decent and informative gets little attention and even less contribution in the form of comments by us.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012, 11:10:06 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012, 9:32:17 PM PDT
J. Leone says:
I reply to positive articles too. MJTRUTHNOW always sends out links to both positive and negative articles and asks that we respond and correct any misinformation. We are encouraged to give credit to the writer who gets their facts straight.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012, 12:29:30 AM PDT
PYT says:
I saw R. Kelly is coming out with a book. I know Mike will be in it somewhere. Has anyone heard? Also has anyone read the Three Stooges book MIke helped to write?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012, 3:41:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 28, 2012, 3:50:56 AM PDT
Debra says:
Kelly's book doesn't sound there's going to be much Michael in it. Hard to believe Kelly wrote You Are Not Alone - You Are Not Alone" is the second single from Michael Jackson's album HIStory.

AP - "Let's get this out of the way up front: R. Kelly's autobiography does not discuss what really happened with the sex tape that almost sent him to prison. It does not include a single word about Aaliyah, the late singer Kelly allegedly married when she was 15. Other tantalizing incidents and individuals are glossed over. A tell-all, this is not.

Instead, "Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me" recounts the creative and family life of a once-in-a-generation performer and musician. Despite its guarded tone, the book is a vivid and entertaining journey that reveals much about the musical engine of a true artist.

Kelly, whose ability to write and produce hits for himself and others is unparalleled in modern R&B, does confront the defining theme of his career: the juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane, the sexual and the spiritual.

In the first paragraph of his life story, Kelly's beloved mother promises that he "could achieve all things through Christ Jesus." Turn the page, and Mama Joann is sneaking 5-year-old Robert into a lounge where she is singing with her band. Next she's in church, speaking in tongues. A few pages later, 8-year-old Robert is inside his mother's house on the South Side of Chicago, taking pornographic pictures of adults and being molested by a teenage girl.

And people question how "Sex Weed" and "U Saved Me" can come from the same man?

Music was a constant presence inside young Robert. He literally had sounds cascading through his mind, "like I had a radio playing nonstop in my head . I would hear melodies, although I never knew what they meant. In fact, I thought everybody heard the music."

Kelly also never knew his father and could not read due to an undiagnosed disability. (Kelly says he is still illiterate; his book was written with David Ritz, biographer of Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, and other giants.) The only reason Kelly graduated from elementary school was because he could play basketball. All this created a shy, shameful boy who often felt "like an alien," a phrase that reappears throughout the book.

Kelly credits his middle-school music teacher, Lena McLin, with recognizing his talent. As Kelly tells it, the first time McLin laid eyes on him in class, she singled him out and said: "You are going to be famous. You are going to write songs for Michael Jackson. You are going to travel the world."

Did she really say that without hearing him sing or play a note? It's difficult to decide, especially since Kelly shades the facts elsewhere in the book. It's obvious, however, that Kelly loves McLin, and that she played an enormous role in Kelly's development. Strangely, she vanishes from the book after Kelly drops out of high school, and one can't help but wonder what this God-fearing pastor thought of her star pupil's raunchy material.

"Soulacoaster" goes on to describe the rise of Kelly's career and engrossing details of the creation of his many classic songs and albums. Fans of Kelly and black music in general will enjoy his description of working with artists from Jackson (Kelly wrote "You Are Not Alone" for him, unasked) to Celine Dion ("I'm Your Angel") to Notorious BIG (the title of their best collaboration can't be printed here).

His description of how he created "I Believe I Can Fly" must be read to be believed (it involves childhood dreams and melodies realized decades later). And Kelly does go into some detail about the conflicts with Jay Z during their tour, which led to Kelly being pepper-sprayed backstage and fleeing Madison Square Garden arena in the middle of a show.

He can get defensive at times. "I never considered my music sinful," he says. "For the most part, what people see onstage , R. Kelly bumping and grinding, dropping my pants, seducing women , that's all show business. What I do onstage doesn't mean I jump off the stage and continue my act in real life."

But Kelly's sex life looms large over the book. He is frank about his inability to remain faithful to his girlfriends or wife. And a shadow is cast by Kelly's trial on child pornography charges, which stemmed from a videotape that prosecutors said showed Kelly having sex with a minor.

Kelly was acquitted of all charges. The brief paragraphs where he discusses the "supposed sex tape" feel legally sanitized, and well-known stories about who leaked the tape and why are never addressed. "Certain episodes could not be included for complicated reasons," Kelly writes in the author's note at the beginning of the book.

In this all-access, reality-show era, it feels odd for a musician as bold as Kelly not to bare all. But when it comes to Kelly's music, "Soulacoaster" leaves a clear picture of an artist, unbowed, who still has "thousands of songs to write and sing."

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012, 5:19:02 AM PDT
J. Leone says:
PYT: Are you talking about the book, "Curly"? Michael wrote the forward to that book and I have it. I don't know of any book about all the stooges with Michael's involvement.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012, 2:25:12 PM PDT
PYT says:
Yes J . Mike said he helped write the book. Did not her him say he only wrote the forward. Hmmmm what did the forward say?
and thanks Scarlett for the review of the book.

I will read it because I think R Kelly is truly talented. I wished he had written a gospel song for MJ like the one he wrote for Whitney.

I like how Mike was jamming to R. Kelly in the back seat.

Dang it has 17 million views Mike doing gospel would have blown everyone away
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