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Man in the Music

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This is the book that serious Michael Jackson fans crave--one that forgoes sensationalism in favor of an insightful look at Jackson's work and creative process. Man in the Music meticulously tracks Jackson's solo career--from 1979's groundbreaking Off the Wall to 2001's Invincible to his yet-to-be-released material. Vogel analyzes every song and album, placing the music in its social, historical, cultural, and even personal context. The result is an in-depth assessment of one of the most compelling, influential artists in popular music history.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 27, 2011 – Vogel, a Huffington Post writer, immerses readers in a chronological exploration of Michael Jackson's remarkable solo career. Chapter by chapter and literally song by song, he discusses Jackson's albums, videos, dances, cinematic influences, musical heroes, idiosyncrasies, and artistic transformations from the inception of Off the Wall, Jackson's 1979 solo debut, through 2001's Invincible, his last studio album. In a final chapter set after Jackson's notorious child abuse trial, Vogel reconstructs the performer's plans for a series of comeback concerts and the worldwide shock following news of his death. Vogel has produced a smart—if at times academic—study of Jackson's creativity and musical legacy. Based on interviews (none with Jackson himself), articles, and reviews, he achieves moments of intimacy and insight: a glimpse of Jackson, an ambitious perfectionist, in the studio relaxing his vocal cords with a hot drink poured over cough drops. By astutely contextualizing Jackson's cultural impact and relevance, Vogel bolsters his premise that media sensationalism continues to denigrate Jackson's artistic integrity without sounding vindictive. Strangely, Vogel occasionally undermines his hard work by giving Jackson a makeover as a romantic hero rather than a unique, complex multimedia celebrity. Jackson may have agreed; readers will enjoy.

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Essential Book for Any Music Fan

Five-star ratings are thrown around a lot by critics and fans alike. I tend to hold my judgment until I'm sure that whatever I'm reading is worthy of that rating. When it comes to Joseph Vogel's MAN IN THE MUSIC, I honestly can't give this book anything less than five stars; he gives an objective look at each of Michael's adult solo albums and the impact it had before and after its release. If you're a newbie MJ fan or a longtime enthusiast, this is an essential book for any music fan.

Man in the Music
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Nov 01, 2011
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
  • Seller: Sterling Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.2 or later and iOS 4.2 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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