MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson

MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson by Steve Knopper

ML 420 .J175 K66 2015

The ultimate critical biography of Michael Jackson: a panoramic, vivid, and incisive portrait that explores and celebrates his influence in music, dance, and popular culture.

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 five decades, Jackson became a global icon, selling over four hundred million albums, earning thirteen Grammy Awards, and spinning dance moves that captivated the world. Songs like “Billie Jean” and “Black or 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. Though his final years were mired in scandal and controversy, Jackson’s ultimate legacy will always be his music.

Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper explores the beguiling and often contradictory forces that fueled Michael Jackson’s genius, from his early days with the Jackson 5 to his stratospheric success as a solo artist to “Beat It” and “Thriller,” “Bad,” and “Man in the Mirror” to his volatile final years, his attempted comeback, and untimely death. Drawing on an amazing four hundred 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 comprehensive view into the genius and influence of an incomparable talent.”
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