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The Michael Jackson accusers: ‘The abuse didn't feel strange because he was like a god’
Authorized by Michael Jackson restored just the way he 1st read it!! Combining vol 1, 2 and 3. Award-winning book! Sold by Michael's approval. A relationship that lasted until his passing, started in Never written in this detail! No other book was approved by Michael Jackson of these, particularly detailed conversations. Part 2, is in the works since , titled "Michael Jackson: Deja vu c. The author captures some unique, thrilling moments in this must-read into the mystical magical life of knowing the King-Of-Pop.
She takes you step by step inside Neverland, like never before. Beneby in part by with Michael's encouragement, help and enthusiasm throughout most. Put off release due to her grief over losing Michael on June 25th, Cannot be found in ANY other book anywhere period! Janis was Michael Jackson's 1st bashful girlfriend, by all accounts.
Example, Putting you on to his secret essence, that drew enormous crowds to him both on and off the stage!
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 18, Nada rated it liked it Shelves: michael-jackson , challenge , biography-autobiography-memoir , art-photography , english , music , non-fiction. Each word was carefully selected you could see the process of his thoughtfulness. His friendship was like owning a rare diamond, it brightens your life always, even though he is gone his sparkle is left on everyone that truly knew and loved him.
He granted her an opportunity to travel as a VIP on his tour to promote her book and was invited to Neverland on many occasions. Her friendship with him and the Jackson family lasted for over 25 years. In , Janis envisioned to re-release Thrilling Moments and to update it with new materials like her visit s to Neverland. She told Michael who was working at the time on This Is It concert series, and he met with her to take a look on her updated edition. He later expressed his opinion about her work, "I love the way you captured me.
You are amazing, Janis, and I can feel it in every page. What a wonderful book! It consists of photographs that were captured by Janis Da Silva herself with brief commentaries by her in which she expresses her immense love and appreciation of her subject, Michael Jackson who he in return supported and appreciated her. He also subscribed to liberal-humanist values and hopeful bourgeois narratives self-help, the innate virtue of optimism, the rewards necessarily attendant on hard work and fair-dealing. One need not share his specific beliefs and values to respect him for holding fast to them throughout his life and behaving accordingly.
Knopper gives us no sense of the principled character revealed in less presuming accounts. Indeed, Knopper follows precisely the compartmentalizing model Tanner Colby criticized in Knopper attempts no such excavation. The result is a same-old biography that obscures the art, insults the audience, and degrades the artist. Knopper maintains at all times a tone of superiority toward Jackson.
I think children are this wonderful thing, and they bring me happiness. He bought into the notion that Michael was an eccentric recluse who seized on children as an innocent life raft to help him navigate the world. It was easy to give Michael the benefit of the doubt. Several things here are characteristic. Notice, first, how assiduously Knopper keeps himself safe. Vinton is made to stand in for any reader who might be uncomfortable with all this nudge-nudging.
Given the miles of evidence we now have, though, the most logical conclusion is precisely the one Jackson provides in this anecdote: he idealized and trusted children, and he enjoyed, even needed, their company. Is that unusual? Is it criminal? This is remarkable because during that period, there was far less publicly available evidence that Jackson was not guilty of the charges leveled against him.
Why, then, does Knopper parrot the tone of the least reputable tabloid media more than a decade ago?
Because he wants to. Knopper has to work hard to make Jackson look sinister here, and he has to insult Vinton and thinking readers in the process, but he manages it. By the time Knopper is done, it is as if there had never been a globally publicized trial in the course of which Jackson was entirely exonerated and his accusers exposed as career grifters.
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It matters less that Jackson appeared at news conferences with his pet chimp than that his music simultaneously addressed groups previously kept apart as audiences and as citizens. He moved with preternatural grace among an unprecedented range of body languages and gestural vocabularies, vocal tones, postures, and sartorial traditions. Sony Music vetoed this image for the cover of Bad. His work fundamentally complicated the reductive categories that pass for reality. That is one of the ways in which Jackson embodied an historically particular postmodern sensibility. Art was at once a sensual delight, an epistemology, a spiritual awakening, and a political intervention.
I will say, though, that his tendencies toward schlock and sentimentality have often been taken out of wider contexts that might reveal more accurately how his imagination worked. I am not saying, either, that Jackson was invariably high-minded who is? He seems incapable of considering ideas different than those of the privileged, narrowly focused fraternity of biographers he sets out to join. There are several reasons, I think, for the ease with which Knopper grants himself the right to judge Jackson.
For one, being rich and famous tends to provoke limitless bile among establishment journalists and their middle-class readers, and Jackson, born to very modest circumstances indeed, made himself about as rich and famous as anybody gets — to his cost. Jackson is only recently deceased, too, and still feels, to many of us, like a contemporary; some people struggle fully to respect their own contemporaries.
The subtly implied denigration of the popular explicit all through MJ is a fascinating and revealing irony, one worth pausing to think about. Jackson was a popular entertainer, of course; no argument there. He knew everything there was to know about how pop music works, and gave the world some of the most successful and influential popular songs ever.
The disparagement of the popular, including fans, that runs through MJ reveals Knopper to be, at heart, an aesthetic traditionalist, even something of a snob. That is not, I think, a vantage point from which Michael Jackson is likely to become legible. In dance, he incorporated conventions from a number of historical, regional, and ethnic traditions, including tap, ballroom, swing, disco, funk, and urban street dance, and from mime.
Jackson was also a gifted visual artist in his own right, steeped in European and American visual and plastic-arts traditions, as well as a keen amateur photographer and an innovator in film. His understanding of musical theater and cinema was encyclopedic; it extended not only to plots, directors, and casting, but to compositional and blocking decisions, staging methods, lighting, narrative construction, and the specific workings of special-effect technologies. When Jackson danced, the history of 20th-century American dance became present before our eyes.
Besides all that, while still a teenager, Jackson mastered the basics of music production. He went on to develop a sophisticated understanding of sound engineering, music rights and ownership, mass marketing, composition, choreography, concert staging and touring, and videography.
He carried out sonic experiments now clearly ahead of their time. From early adulthood he managed hundreds of employees. He read constantly, hungrily; and he published original poetry and prose. Thank you, Michael. So the fact that Jackson was a pop figure goes some of the way, but not all of the way, toward explaining why the conversation about so accomplished an artist has remained mired in sensational rumor-mongering.
Knopper is not blind to the racism Jackson experienced during his life. Jackson had vitiligo from his youth, a disease that, like the systemic lupus erythematosus that also plagued him, is known to emerge in response to stress. Both diseases also make the skin very sensitive to the sun. What Jackson chose to do in response to these conditions was his own business. The response, once again, it is not primarily about Jackson. Given all this, one might reasonably wonder: why was Knopper interested enough in Jackson to crank out a book like this at all?
Where might the motivation have come from? Reading between the lines, moreover, it seems that the proposal required considerable shopping around and two literary agents before Scribner finally bit. Why did Knopper pursue it, and why did Scribner publish it? I suggest that the answer can be stated in two words: bad faith. Knopper also trades on his association with entertainment magazines, one of the media that most disturbed Jackson. Long live the cash-in!
Knopper and Scribner follow a playbook established 50 years ago, when a breathtakingly gifted child was abused, cajoled, and browbeaten into becoming the breadwinner for a large family, catching up on sleep at school and hiding under furniture in vain attempts to avoid relentless work five sets a night, six and sometimes seven nights a week. He negotiated adult-sized responsibilities while dealing daily with a level of publicity that, by his own later account, he found terrifying. Paparazzi ate well on invasions of his privacy; media personalities built careers on undermining his right to the presumption of innocence.
At 50, he was coerced into a concert tour commitment — advisors convinced him that the punishing schedule was the only possible way to recover his finances, though the fortune has more than recovered now without a moment of live performance — during rehearsals for which he died at the hands of an unscrupulous, profiteering physician who has since served time for the crime.
What is more, now that Knopper has repeated the familiar story, he will be sought out as an expert because of that presumption. He has awarded himself a kind of ownership over Michael Jackson. The bad faith that propels this book extends even beyond the book itself, I think.
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The project itself is a lie. This is why Taraborrelli, Sullivan, and Knopper are all so similar, and all unsatisfactory. Because Jackson was a truly unfathomable person. This is the one point on which everyone close to him agrees family members, wives, the closest colleagues, lifelong friends.
It is not possible to define Michael Jackson in a few hundred pages — or a few thousand. Everyone is excessive.
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The enterprise itself is a problem. MJ makes those presuppositions visible — rubs our noses in them, in fact — and in the process undermines not only its own claims, but also the claims of the kind of writing it sets out to exemplify. In fact, that might turn out to be the most valuable thing this book does. Why does it matter? That presupposition, in turn, helps to bolster powerful and politically interested lies about what people are utterly legible, able to be fully known and reliably judged and what they are for the use of those who judge.
These are the same lies that propel and perpetuate injustice. For every time the usual lies about Jackson are repeated, something more than those particular lies comes to monstrous life.
Also animated or re animated is an underlying agenda on the part of the mainstream cultural forces and players who found Jackson threatening while he was alive. Those stakeholders have an interest in devaluing popular culture, outsider lives, and ideological dissent, and they have long sought to do so by devaluing Michael Jackson, one of the most powerful embodiments of all of these. Jackson worked too hard, and achieved too much, and brought too much delight to too many people — he simply was too much — to be reduced this way. He deserves better, and so does anyone who honestly wants to learn something from him.
In fact, by now many readers approach all writing about Michael Jackson cynically, assuming it will be an exercise in self-aggrandizement and exploitation. Far from it. Much of what passes for analysis of Jackson is every bit as self-serving and exploitative as Knopper, and some of it is worse. Michael-worship is no more part of the solution than is knee-jerk hostility and denigration.
More responsible and illuminating studies of Michael Jackson do not reduce him to a hero or a villain. A human being. Work like this already exists, and more is appearing almost daily. No one ever knew Michael Jackson, and no one ever will. We need studies of Jackson that seek an understanding of his art as part of history — his personal history, yes, but also your history and mine, and the cacophonous history of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Jackson matters, and will continue to matter, because his work became a crucial, shaping part of so many histories. He matters especially at the present moment of national emergency when we find ourselves having to insist that Black Lives Matter.