Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009

Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009

J. Randy Taraborrelli

Language: English

Pages: 832

ISBN: 0446572578

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


So much has how been said and written about the life and career of Michael Jackson that it has become almost impossible to disentangle the man from the myth. This book is the fruit of over 30 years of research and hundreds of exclusive interviews with a remarkable level of access to the very closest circles of the Jackson family - including Michael himself. Cutting through tabloid rumours, J. Randy Taraborrelli traces the real story behind Michael Jackson, from his drilling as a child star through the blooming of his talent to his ever-changing personal appearance and bizarre publicity stunts. This major biography includes the behind-the-scenes story to many of the landmarks in Jackson's life: his legal and commercial battles, his marriages to Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe, his passions and addictions, his children. Objective and revealing, it carries the hallmarks of all of Taraborrelli's best-sellers: impeccable research, brilliant storytelling and definitive documentation.

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while introducing the Smokey Robinson song ‘Who's Lovin' You’ in the group's act, ‘but I do know what the blues are all about.’ Though the line was just a part of the group's stage patter, the truth of it was more accurate, and more painful, than anyone in the audience ever could have guessed. 45 * The Jackson family was ecstatic over the boys' tremendous success at the Apollo Theater, and with good reason: this success marked a defining moment for them in terms of their future. ‘I'm so damn

figured, the entire family would be recognized, sought-after, asked to pose for pictures, sign autographs. They would all be stars. What a great world it would be, for each of them. No more worries; everything taken care of, handled by their good fortune. 22 Was it too much to ask? It certainly seemed like a good idea, at the time. However, as proverbial wisdom has it, be careful what you wish for. You just might get it. Joseph and Katherine Joseph Walter Jackson was born on 26 July 1929, to

not reach the top of the charts, it was a reality check of sorts for the Jackson brothers when they saw that Michael could crack the 97 Top Five on his own. In England it was a number five hit, and stayed in the Top 50 for almost three months. Globally, ‘Got to be There’ sold 1,583,850 copies. This lushly produced and orchestrated, mid-tempo love song was the perfect vehicle for launching Michael's solo career; it's surely one of the most beautiful songs in Motown's publishing catalogue. At the

house over the years to brag about their encounters with him. ‘I don't want those women calling the house,’ she would scream at Joseph, sometimes in front of the children. ‘I'm sick of it, Joseph. Enough is enough.’ The reasons for Joseph's actions didn't matter to Katherine. She wasn't even sure she wanted him to stop his philandering, as she told one friend. She simply wanted him to be more discreet. ‘Do you have to play me for a fool?’ she would ask him, tearfully. A terrible rage began to

suddenly had solo aspirations, decided that he wanted to hire John Branca. During a lunch meeting with him, John asked Michael what he thought of the idea. ‘I think it stinks,’ 199

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