From the moment in 1965 when he first stepped on stage with his brothers at a local talent show in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson was destined to become the undisputed King of Pop. Read more...
From the moment in 1965 when he first stepped on stage with his brothers at a local talent show in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson was destined to become the undisputed King of Pop. In a career spanning four decades, Jackson became a global icon, selling over 400 million albums, earning thirteen Grammy awards, and spinning dance moves that captivated the world. Songs like "Billie Jean" and "Black and White" altered our national discussion of race and equality, and Jackson's signature aesthetic, from the single white glove to the moonwalk, defined a generation. Despite years of scandal and controversy, Jackson's ultimate legacy will always be his music.
Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper delves deeply into Michael Jackson's music and talent. From the artist's early days with the Jackson 5, to his stratospheric success as a solo artist, to "Beat It" and "Thriller," "Bad" and "The Man in the Mirror," to his volatile final years, his attempted comeback, and untimely death, Knopper explores the beguiling and often contradictory forces that fueled Michael Jackson's genius. Drawing on an amazing 400 interviews--ranging from Jackson's relatives, friends, and key record executives to celebrities like will.i.am and Weird Al Yankovic--this critical biography puts all the elements of his career into perspective, and celebrates his triumph in art and music. This is a rare and panoramic view into the genius and influence of an incomparable talent.
- ISBN-13: 9781476730370
- ISBN-10: 1476730377
- Publisher: Scribner Book Company
- Publish Date: October 2015
- Page Count: 448
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Music reporter and Rolling Stone contributing editor Knopper (Appetite for Self-Destruction) chronicles the meteoric rise, fall, and untimely death of the King of Pop in this inarguably exhaustive but sometimes unsatisfying biography. With hundreds of personal interviews conducted by the author, this may be the most comprehensive chronology of Jackson’s life currently in print. Unfortunately, Knopper errs heavily on the side of business rather than music—even though the book’s title would seem to indicate the opposite—and the various musicians, lawyers, and executives who shaped Jackson’s career (though some hits, like “Thriller,” receive suitably rigorous write-ups). The exception is his coverage of the history of the Jackson 5, which is recounted in extraordinary detail. Knopper also focuses on Jackson’s personal life, especially the infamous molestation charges. Though his attention wanders a bit too far from Jackson’s artistic genius, Knopper has nevertheless produced a fascinating account of the tortured artist’s tumultuous life that will be an invaluable resource to music historians and fans alike. Agent: David Dunton, Harvey Klinger Inc. (Oct.)