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Michael Jackson School AgendaMichael Jackson School Agenda Is Released. 21-06-'19

If the start of the school year is fast approaching but you are no longer concerned by the purchase of school supplies in view of your advanced age, the fact remains that you may be interested to know that there is an agenda Michael Jackson school for sale for this year 2019-2020.

If it is not official but edited by Tune Into English, it has the merit of proposing each day of the year, the story of a fact about Michael Jackson, like the heading Souvenirs that we published in our old sites or via our newsletter, a few years ago.

This agenda in English only, exists in school diary but also in simple diary (always with references to the King of Pop).

Publisher: Independently
Pages: 223
ISBN: 978-1075254314

Order the school agenda here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / MJ France / Billie Jean


No Michael Jackson Costume For Brussels' Peeing Boy. 21-06-'19

MJBackstage, the Belgium Michael Jackson fan club was planning to dress up the famous Manneken-Pis in Brussels as Michael Jackson in his 'Billie Jean' outfit on June 25 this year.

Brussels has decided against decorating its iconic Manneken-Pis statue in a Michael Jackson costume as planned for the 10th anniversary of the US pop icon's death, officials said Friday.

The decision was made in the wake of a new documentary, 'Leaving Neverland', which since its release this year has revived claims the singer sexually abused children.

"The city council of Brussels has not been insensitive to the documentary and has chosen to adopt a cautious position," a spokesperson told AFP.

Brussels' famous Manneken-Pis statue of a nude young boy has been cheekily urinating into a Baroque fountain for 400 years.

He is dressed about 130 times a year in various outfits often donated by organisations or embassies to mark a special occasion or event, such as the Chinese new year or the start of football's World Cup.

Manneken-Pis was initially scheduled to dress as Michael Jackson on June 25 on the initiative of a Belgian fan club, a decision approved by the previous city government.

Manneken PisManneken-Pis is a statue of a peeing boy in the center of Brussels. The 58 cm tall man on a pedestal is placed at the corner of Stoofstraat and Eikstraat, not far from the Grote Markt.

'Leaving Neverland' relaunched the accusations of paedophilia against the pop icon and was broadcast at the end of March in Belgium.

Belgium was the scene of the Marc Dutroux case, a paedophilia scandal that made headlines around the world and is still in everyone's memory in the country.

The Belgian criminal was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004 for the murder of four young girls he had previously kidnapped and raped. Two others who were also raped survived their confinement.

The Jackson film fuelled reactions around the world since its broadcast at the Sundance Festival in January and early March on television in the United States.

'Leaving Neverland' has broken streaming records in Britain and prompted radio stations from Australia to Canada to drop Jackson's music from their play lists.

The creators of 'The Simpsons' also shelved one of the animated series' classic episodes because it features Michael Jackson's voice.

Source: Yahoo / MJBackstage / Billie Jean


The Wiz  (Limited Edition) Blu-ray Cover'The Wiz' (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] Is Released. 21-06-'19

The re-edition 'The Wiz Mediabook' is released on Blu-ray and includes the soundtrack 2CD of the movie!

So much better than a “documentary”, experience Michael as an actor, singer and dancer in his first movie with Diana Ross!

The package is only available in Germany and is a limited edition! With German and English languages and a booklet within.

The magical Land of Oz jumps out of the pan in this spectacularly musical based on the Broadway case success.

In this Motown-production Dorothy 's a shy nursery school teacher out of Harlem. During a heavy snowstorm she goes to look after her lost dog Toto and she's taken along with to a fairy-tale land where she should follow the yellow way.

Director Sidney Lumet wanted more than filming only the theatre production and has conjured New York City into the magical Land of Oz.

Diana Ross plays the beautiful role as Dorothy and is working together with stars such as Michael Jackson the scarecrow), Nipsey Russell (the tin man), Ted Ross (the cowardly lion), Lena Horne (Glinda the good witch) and Richard Pryor (the big magician of Oz).

With such a cast, splendid musical songs and fantastic visual effects 'The Wiz' shall charm movie fans of different generations.

Starring: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross
Director: Sidney Lumet

Track list 2CD OST :

Disc 1
1. Main Title (Overture) - 2:36
2. Overture (Part Two) - 1:57
3. The Feeling That We Have -- Theresa Merritt - 3:31
4. Can I Go On? -- Diana Ross - 1:55
5. Glinda's Theme -- Snow Babies - 1:09
6. He's The Wizard / March Of The Munchkins -- Thelma Carpenter - 4:08
7. Soon As I Get Home / Home -- Diana Ross - 4:03
8. You Can't Win -- Michael Jackson - 3:13
9. Ease On Down The Road #1 -- Diana Ross, Michael Jackson - 3:55
10. What Would I Do If I Could Feel -- Nipsey Russell - 2:17
11. Slide Some Oil To Me / Now Watch Me Dance -- Nipsey Russell - 2:50
12. Ease On Down The Road # 2 -- Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell - 1:30
13. (I'm A) Mean Ole Lion -- Ted Ross (2:24
14. Ease On Down The Road # 3 -- Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross - 1:26
15. Poppy Girls - 3:27

Disc 2
1. Be a Lion -- Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross - 4:03
2. End Of The Yellow Brick Road - 1:01
3. Emerald City Sequence -- Richard Pryor - 6:44
4. So You Wanted to See the Wizard -- Richard Pryor - 2:46
5. Is This What Feeling Gets? (Dorothy's Theme) -- Diana Ross - 3:21
6. Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News -- Mabel King - 3:04
7. A Brand New Day -- Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross - 7:49
8. Believe In Yourself (Dorothy) -- Diana Ross - 2:55
9. The Good Witch Glinda -- Lena Horne, Richard Pryor - 1:09
10. Believe in Yourself -- Lena Horne - 2:15
11. Home -- Diana Ross - 4:02

Publisher: Universal
Series number: ?
Playing time: 135 Minutes
Sound: English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1ch / Japanese Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo
Picture format: 1080p HD Wildescreen
Printed: Germany
Guide price: 32,71 €

Order the DVD here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


La Storia E L’eredità Artistica Book Cover'La Storia E L'eredità Artistica' Book Is Released. 20-06-'19

A brand new book about Michael Jackson has been released in Italy and is written by Luca Izzo and Michelangelo Iossa.

The book is a pro-Michael Jackson and so far only in Italian and retraces Michael Jackson’s career through his artistry!

Among the most beloved artists of history, the greatest showman of all time, unparalleled performer and songwriter capable of giving life to unforgettable songs that have enthralled audiences of all ages and from all places, Michael Jackson died, becoming immortal, exactly ten years ago.

In music, singing, dance, choreography and video music, Michael Jackson was a pioneer and innovator, an icon-symbol of pop culture from the 1970s onwards.

In this large volume, Luca Izzo and Michelangelo Iossa retrace the incredible career of this “record artist”, aiming to identify the legacy that Jackson has left in contemporary culture, from music to dance, from entertainment to video-culture to the fashion and style. His art has arrived everywhere, managing to inspire millions of people and artists, like the values ​​of his person, marked by solidarity and support for others, which inspire thousands of charitable associations still active today.

Publisher: Arcana
Author: Luca Izzo, Michelangelo Iossa
Pages: 271
ISBN: 978-8862316330
Printed: Italy
Guide price: 19,5 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Arcana Edizioni / Billie Jean


Neverland RanchMichael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Is For Sale. 20-06-'19

Michael Jackson died ten years ago on June 25th and many people around the world will be commemorating his death through his music and videos. They will be celebrating his astronomical career, remembering his childhood, replay interviews and the work that went into organizing his last concert, This Is It, which he never had the chance to perform. Also to be remembered is his beloved Neverland Ranch, where he lived from 1987 until 2006. It was where he could finally experience childhood, having never experienced that luxury as part of his hard-working, family-singing group The Jackson Five. Two years after his death, Neverland was put on the market for $100 million, but never sold. Today, restored at great expense to its status as the original ranch when Michael purchased it, the estate is back on the market and reduced to $31 million.

In 1977, developer William Bone bought the bare acreage and engaged an architect to design all the main structures on the property, dig the lake and install formal gardens. It was his own fantasy land of sorts as he was able to design it his way rather than at the direction of clients. It took him two years working with architect Robert Altevers to get the design to his liking. He named it Zaca Laderas Ranch and lived there until selling to Jackson.

Jackson bought the 2,700-acre ranch in 1987 for about $25 million and then spent millions more to develop it as a child’s fantasy land, which he appropriately named Neverland after the Peter Pan story. The 13,000-square-foot main house, formal gardens, a four-acre lake with fountains and five-foot waterfall, along with an attractive stone bridge had already been built by Mr. Boner when Michael purchased the property. Michael added three railroads, a petting zoo and a full amusement park with nine major rides and an arcade. He also put in an electric railroad with 100-feet of track behind the house for his own children.

Neverland was Michael’s home until 2006 when he was charged with child molestation, which supposedly took place at the ranch. Although he was acquitted, the association of so much negativity to the ranch made it difficult for him to continue to live there. Except for caretakers, the ranch was closed. By 2007, Michael was behind in payments on his loan by about $23 million and the ranch was due to go on the auction block. However, investment group Colony Capital stepped in and bought the loan, making them co-owners. In 2009, Colony began restoring the ranch by removing the zoo and amusement park and replacing them with a Zen garden. The amusement park rides are now a part of the California State Fair in Sacramento.

Located in Santa Barbara County in Los Olivos, California, on the tenth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing, his former Neverland Ranch, now renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch, has had massive price reductions from the original $100 million to $31 million. The listing agent is Suzanne Perkins of Compass Realty, Montecito, California.

Source: PRWeb / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson's Children 'Have Late Pop Icon's Ashes Encased In Jewelry' As It's Claimed Singer Was Secretly Cremated. 19-06-'19

Michael Jackson may be gone but he is always with his children.

The music icon died in June 2009 from acute Propofol intoxication and his body is believed to have been cremated afterwards.

It is being claimed that Prince Michael, 22, Paris, 21, and 17-year-old Bigi wear his ashes encased in jewelry shaped like broken hearts.

A source told Radar Online: 'The ashes are now in necklaces like the one that Paris wore to Michael's memorial service and wrapped around his wrist as he lay in his open coffin.'

The siblings rarely wear their necklaces in public as they fear losing the precious mementos.

'They keep them in locked boxes at home, as they're afraid of losing the last remains of their father.

MJ KidsMichael Jackson's children reportedly wear necklaces containing his ashes.

The 'Thriller' hitmaker's memorial was held in July 2009 and is estimated to have been viewed by over three million people.

His golden casket was publicly installed in a crypt at Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Great Mausoleum in California, thought it was previously claimed his mother Katherine had actually had his body cremated in order to deter grave robbers and his coffin is actually empty.

It was previously reported Michael's children still continue to live their lives thinking the King of Pop is still around spiritually and is 'looking down upon them.'

The source added: 'The kids live like Michael is constantly looking down upon them.'

A source previously said 'Everyone thinks Michael is buried at Forest Lawn, but he's not.'

'The family has kept the secret for safety reasons and to fulfill Michael's wishes. But Katherine has privately revealed the truth to trusted friends.'

The matriarch of the Jackson family feared grave robbers would try to steal her son's body.

'Katherine was paranoid and scared someone would steal his body.'

'Michael was used to putting on a show, so the family wanted the monument at Forest Lawn because so many Hollywood legends have been buried there.'

As well as ashes being placed into jewelry for his children, the source also told Radar that the remains were scattered at Neverland, Jackson's now infamous ranch.

'Michael's ashes were scattered at his beloved Neverland, which was very special to him.'

'The Giving Tree was his favorite spot on the property. He would spend hours there writing.'

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


'The Awfully Big Adventure: Michael Jackson In The Afterlife' Book Is Released. 18-06-'19

The Awfully Big Adventure: Michael Jackson In The Afterlife Book CoverThe book 'The Awfully Big Adventure: Michael Jackson In The Afterlife' book is released in the UK by publisher Faber & Faber.

Michael Jackson died on June 25 2009 in Los Angeles, from of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication (according to Wikipedia). The one-time King of Pop was preparing for one last assault on the mainstream with a proposed 50 night run of shows in London (thereby trumping his arch-rival, Prince, who had just concluded his legendary 21 Nights). His exhaustion, paranoia, and general ill-heath were an open secret. He had lived many lives and inhabited many bodies; PT Barnum, Fred Astaire, and Peter Pan in one mortal coil. His death was mourned by hundreds of millions of fans, but it was almost as if he had been dead for some time already. And in his death, in vivid technicolor, we relived the dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and perversions that we had all projected on to him as a celebrity for four decades.

Paul Morley’s short biographical portrait of Michael Jackson looks at how we turned the most outrageous child star talent of the late 20th century into a monster; how his decline soundtracked the end of Pop and the end of American Imperialism; how his once staggeringly modern and funky music became secondary to the dysfunctional freak show of watching a vulnerable man literally disintegrate. Tender, erudite, and provocative, Morley's monograph documents a tragedy that is so Shakespearean in scale that it obscures the legacy of the last of the great Song and Dance Men. This is a rare piece of pop cultural alchemy that cuts through the myth in a way that only a writer as great as Paul Morley could do.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: Paul Morley
Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-0571350049
Printed: UK
Guide price: 10 €

Order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


'Over Michael Jackson - Een Analyse Van The King Of Pop' Book Is Released. 18-06-'19

Over Michael Jackson - Een Analyse Van The King Of Pop Book CoverThe book 'Over Michael Jackson - Een analyse van The King of Pop' book (original title is 'On Michael Jackson') is released in Holland by publisher De Arbeiderspers. This book is the translation into dutch by Pauline Slot.

Michael Jackson, The King of Pop: icon, provocator, mystery. Who was he really? And how are his spectacular rise and catastrophic decline determined by those who have shaped him, who have damaged him and who loved him?

Margo Jefferson wrote an astute analysis of this broken man, who was convicted for his skin and appearance, his inscrutable behavior, his dubious relationship with children. A tragic story that we can only accept if we acknowledge what it evokes in us - despair, sadness, anger, compassion - and try to translate it into wisdom.

Following the abuse that came to light in the documentary 'Leaving Neverland', Margo Jefferson wrote a new introduction.

Publisher: De Arbeiderspers
Author: Margo Jefferson
Translated by: Pauline Slot
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9789029539876
Printed: Holland
Point price: 19,99 €

Order the book here at Singel Uitgeverijen.

Source: Singel Uitgeverijen / Billie Jean


Unseen Footage Of Michael Jackson In The Studio. 18-06-'19

Unseen footage of Michael Jackson has been released on YouTube via Gottahaverockandroll.com, the auction house.

Michael Jackson is seen singing and re-working the lyrics to 'Fall Again'.

The track was officially released in its demo format on ‘The Ultimate Collection’ back in 2004.

There is 30 more minutes to this tape and the auction house have more tapes of Michael in the studio. If the video gets over 300,000 views they would upload another clip of him in the studio.

 

The Auction house will have more tapes, videos and items on Auction on July 17 and the full list will be revealed on July 10.

More here at Gotta Have Rock And Roll.

Source: Gotta Have Rock And Roll / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


HIStory Statue'HIStory' Statue To Be Revealed In Theme Park. 18-06-'19

To honor Michael Jackson, Milan will see a big event! One of the 6 'HIStory' statue will be revealed in the Theme Park “LUNA PARK” / EuroPark Milan.

The statue will be revealed on June 22 in the park which has rearrange a space for it and called it “MJ Italian Memorial Place”.

The statue was already in the park and was restored and the festivities will start at 5pm when the original statue from the 'HIStory' album promotion will be unveiled to the public, followed by a flashmob 'Beat It' and a Tribute Show in honor of the King of Pop!

An Award competition will also take place for young talent.

For more information, click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


Taj JacksonTaj Jackson To Visit 'In The Studio With MJ' On June 25th. 18-06-'19

June 25th has always been a super hard day for me as I’m sure it is for you as well. Usually the week before, I stay home and just wait for the 25th to pass. But this year I decided to try something different and will be going to the seminar “In the Studio with MJ” inthestudiowithmj.com. I am super excited as not only will I hear great stories about my uncle Michael, but it also allows me to reconnect again with a bunch of people that were important and relevant in my uncle’s life. Most of these people I also plan on interviewing this summer for this project so it will be a perfect opportunity to catch up and talk to them in person before. If you are going, I will see you there and don’t be shy to say “Hi”.

Handling the hate:

We are going to see an influx of 'Leaving Neverland' posts and propaganda as June 25th approaches. I know there are straight up haters out there, but a lot of the public is really just miseducated about Michael Jackson and have been brainwashed by the mainstream media for years. Do your hardest not to name call, just try to politely inform them. Post the facts and do your best to engage in a respectful way. Try approaching it as if they were a misinformed friend. Now if they are just spewing hate, just move on and ignore them… they are probably just seeking attention and clicks. Help spread the word!

Source: Jackson Source / Billie Jean


Join Taj Jackson In His Journey To Unmask The Truth About Michael Jackson. 18-06-'19

Taj JacksonTaj Jackson started a GoFundMe-campaign in January of 2019 to make an explosive documentary series that will conclusively destroy decades of salacious myths which have been told and sold about Michael Jackson ad nauseam. In doing so, we will shine a light on the corruption within the media and entertainment industries which conceived and perpetuated them.

MJ fam - here we are in 2019, the 10-year anniversary of Michael's passing. We all knew this would be a difficult year for so many of us worldwide. Instead of being able to mourn and properly celebrate and honor Michael Jackson, we are, again, being forced to educate the media and the general public with the evidence-based truth about him.

The worst thing we can do is let this continued slander go unchallenged. Taj Jackson believes that when we as a group are united, we are unstoppable. So he is asking for your help. Join his journey to unmask the truth about Michael Jackson.

Donate now.

Source: Jackson Source / Billie Jean


Belgium: Get A Free 84 Pages Michael Jackson Special With Your TV Review. 17-06-'19

France and Belgium are on fire this past few weeks! All about Michael Jackson! Numerous documentaries, books and even TV guides are off the hook!

Ciné-télé-Revue, a TV Belgium guide will be giving a 84 pages special on Michael Jackson when you buy the guide (€5) this week!

Unclear if they will be spoken about 'Leaving Neverland' but it is nice to see France is all over Michael those days! The magazine will have over 100 pictures and come back to Michael’s career, his childhood, and his kids.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


La Belgique De Michael Jackson Book Cover'La Belgique De Michael Jackson' Book Is Released. 15-06-'19

Through exclusive testimonials and truculent anecdotes, this new book 'The Belgium Of Michael Jackson' written by Christophe Charlot is released, returns in details and photos on all the crazy new stories linking Michael Jackson to "Flat country".

This book will offer interviews with Daddy K, Kid Noize, François Glorieux, Paul Ambach, Christine Decroix, Pad'R ... as well as exclusive photos and documents. In total, the book will contain 120 pages and will interest all fans of Michael Jackson francophones who will discover the particularities of Michael Jackson's history with Belgium.

• Did you know, for example, that Michael Jackson was a fan of the comic book Martine whose original drawings he wanted to buy?
• Did you know that a Belgian wrote the lyrics of the only song Michael Jackson recorded in French?
• Did you know that, at the request of Michael Jackson, a Belgian man biked all the animals in his zoo to make stuffed animals?
• Did you know that Axel Red, Daddy-K or Kid Noize are big fans of the King of Pop?
• Did you know that Michael Jackson and Eddy Merckx exchanged their jerseys in 1992?

Publisher: Editions Chronica
Author: Christophe Charlot
Pages: 124
ISBN: ?
Printed: ?
Guide price: ? €

Order the book here at Chronica.

Source: Chronica / Billie Jean


'History' Statue Commissioned By Fans For The 10th Anniversary Of His Passing. 15-06-'19

Chinese fans raised fund for local fanclub in Zhengzhou to build a new Michael Jackson statue inspired by 'HIStory'. This pic is from the production process. The final improved statue will be unveiled on June 15 at a fan event to mark Michael's 10th anniversary.

History StatueThe 1.8 metre all-gold-looking statue will be unveiled on June 15 (today) at a fan event to mark Michael’s 10th anniversary of his passing.

Source: Keen Zhang / Billie Jean


'Skywriter' (Bronze Vinyl - Limited Edition) Album Is Reissued. 14-06-'19

The reissue of the 'Skywriter' album in bronze vinyl is released in Europe by Motown.

This year we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of the King of Pop. That's why we reissue the album of his Jackson 5 period!I t's a limited edition album (limited to 1000 pressings).

'Skywriter' was for the first time released on March 29th, 1973 in the USA and in the United Kingdom the album was released during July 1973 by Tamla Motown.

Lead singer Michael's vocals were now showing the signs of his maturing tenor voice, while Jermaine's voice had gotten much deeper in tone. Notably, one of 'Skywriter's' songs, 'Touch' (originally recorded by the Supremes in 1971), features Michael and Jermaine singing about satisfying a woman in the bed. As such, 'Touch' was one of the most controversial singles Michael sung on until his solo career took off again in the 1980's.

All songs produced by Jerry Marcellino & Mel Larson, Freddie Perren & Fonce Mizell, Deke Richards, Hal Davis, and Sherlie Matthews.

Skywriter (Bronze Vinyl - Limited Edition) [re-issue] Album CoverBronze vinyl ... limited edition of only 1000 copies!

Track list:

A:
1. Skywriter - 3:10
2. Hallelujah Day - 2:43
3. The Boogie Man - 2:58
4. Touch - 3:00
5. Corner Of The Sky - 3:30

B:
1. I Can't Quit Your Love - 3:04
2. Uppermost - 2:30
3. World Of Sunshine - 2:45
4. Ooh, I'd Love To Be With You - 2:45
5. You Made Me What I Am - 2:53

Record label: Motown
Series number: M 761L
Printed: Europe
Guide price: 25 €

Order the album here at Culture Factory.

Source: Culture Factory / Billie Jean


'Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5' (Green Vinyl - Limited Edition) Album Is Released. 14-06-'19

On the occasion of 60 years of the famous record company, Motown decided to release a series of vinyl records 'Motown Anniversary' of colors, about its most popular artists.

A compilation for Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 will be released in the EU on June 14 and this in green vinyl.

Motown Anniversary: Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 (Green Vinyl) [Limited Edition] Album CoverThe limited edition album will contain 13 songs from Motown catalogue.

Track list:

A:
1. ABC - 2:58
2. Never Can Say Goodbye - 3:00
3. Ready Or Not (Here I Come) - 2:32
4. I’ll Be There - 3:57
5. Dancing Machine - 3:20
6. Hallelujah Day - 2:46
7. Ben - Michael Jackson - 2:47

B:
1. I Want You Back - 2:58
2. Ain’t No Sunshine - Michael Jackson - 4:13
3. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:23
4. Rockin’ Robin - Michael Jackson - 2:31
5. My Girl - 3:08
6. You’ve Got A Friend - Michael Jackson - 4:55

Record label: Motown/Universal
Series number: 538 695 3
Printed: EU
Guide price: 17,91 €

Order the album here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Man In The Music (2nd Edition) Book CoverNew Edition Of 'Man In The Music' Book Will Be Released. 13-06-'19

A fully updated of the book 'Man In The Music: The Creative Life And Work' of Michael Jackson will be released on August 27, published by Vintage (Penguin/Random House).

For half a century, Michael Jackson’s music has been an indelible part of our cultural consciousness. Landmark albums such as Off the Wall and Thriller shattered records, broke racial barriers, amassed awards, and set a new standard for popular music. While his songs continue to be played in nearly every corner of the world, however, they have rarely been given serious critical attention. The first book dedicated solely to exploring his creative work, Man in the Music guides us through an unparalleled analysis of Jackson’s recordings, album by album, from his trailblazing work with Quincy Jones to his later collaborations with Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and Rodney Jerkins. Drawing on rare archival material and on dozens of original interviews with the collaborators, engineers, producers, and songwriters who helped bring the artist’s music into the world, Jackson expert and acclaimed cultural critic Joseph Vogel reveals the inspirations, demos, studio sessions, technological advances, setbacks and breakthroughs, failures and triumphs, that gave rise to an immortal body of work.

“Brilliantly cracks the DNA of Michael Joseph Jackson. . . . A pointed, intelligent dissection of an epic body of work.” —Spike Lee

“The only comprehensive and critical rundown of Jackson’s solo material.”—Rolling Stone.

“A must-have for any Jackson fan. . . . A fascinating read. . . . Each song Jackson recorded during his solo career is examined with a critical eye.” —Associated Press.

“Don’t be surprised if it makes you go back and listen . . . with a whole new outlook on the King of Pop.”—Zack O’Malley Greenburg, author of Michael Jackson, Inc.

“This is the kind of book about Michael Jackson’s music, artistry, and creativity that really needed to be written—and Joseph Vogel has done it and done it very well. I am absolutely floored by Joe’s in-depth research and perceptive insight into what made Michael the one-of-a-kind, recording-breaking King of Pop. And—amazingly enough—even I learned a lot!”—J. Randy Taraborrelli, author of 'The Magic And The Madness'.

Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition
Author: Joseph Vogel
Pages: 544
ISBN: 978-0525566571
Printed: USA
Guide price: 16 €

Pre-order the book here at Amazon.

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


New Documentary Based on 'Humanitarian – The Real Michael Jackson' Coming On June 25. 13-06-'19

The Real Michael Jackson Book CoverA new documentary will be released on June 25 and based on the book 'Humanitarian – The Real Michael Jackson' by Australian self-published writer and fan, Paul Dwyer.

The book was released in 2018 after 2 years of researches on Michael Jackson’s Charity involvement over the course of his career.

Speaking to Dwyer, he stated “When 'Leaving Neverland' was announced in January, I was outraged & wanted to match their documentary with one based on the facts that I had researched for the last 10 years, so I got to work and started compiling all the footage & information I obtained when researching my book.”

He added “My documentary ended up coming to an hour and 5 minutes. It unfolds in chronological order from the 70’s until 2009 & includes photos, news snippets, private footage, interviews with Make-a-wish recipients Catina Scharff & Tiffany Rowe, and also a snippet of an interview with Dave Rothenberg, all the while being narrated by myself. I produced it myself with my humble home macbook, but put a lot of work into it and am proud of the finished product, very much a labour of love!
Having finishing the documentary in May 2019, I felt Michael’s anniversary would be the perfect time to show this side of MJ to the world.”

The full documentary will be released on June 25, 2019 on YouTube.

For more information and buy the book and the DVD, click here.

Source: MJ Vibe / Billie Jean


'The Legacy Of Michael Jackson' Exhibition. 11-06-'19

In 2009 and 2016, Julio César Valda exhibited his collection in Bolivia. Julio is back with a brand new exhibition called 'The Legacy of Michael Jackson – 10 years of Immortality' which will take place in the city La Paz in Bolivia between 25 – 28 June 2019.

The exhibition has grown since and fans and general public will be able to see many Michael Jackson merchandise from around the world.

The event will take place in the House of Culture.

The collection is made of vinyl's, CD's, DVD's, Magazines, Books, Toys and other merchandise dedicated to the King of Pop.

If you are visiting La Paz during that period, check out the exhibition, a clear #HonorMJ moment!

The Legacy Of Michael Jackson Exhibition'The Legacy of Michael Jackson – 10 years of Immortality' which will take place in the city La Paz in Bolivia between 25 – 28 June 2019.

Source: Julio César Valda / MJ Vibe / Billie Jean

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