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Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson [Hardcover]

Joseph Vogel , Anthony DeCurtis
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Nov. 1 2011
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.

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"The many fans of the King of Pop are going to love this book. Huffington Post writer Vogel began it in 2005, long before Michael Jackson's untimely death, and he wisely focuses on the music and groundbreaking recordings of Jackson's solo career. Scandals and eccentricities are relegated to the background in this critical musical analysis, which will delight even the most knowledgeable Jackson fan. Each track on each record, fr om 1979's Off the Wallthrough 2001's Invincible, including posthumously released recordings, gets a thorough analysis, with listings of the involved writers, producers, and musicians. There is plenty of contextual biographical detail, and Vogel describes the cultural and political backdrop that makes Jackson's achievements all the more remarkable. VERDICT A thoroughly enjoyable analysis of the music and life of the most popular musician of an era."--Library Journal 

"Vogel produced a smart...study of Jackson's creativity and legacy. He achieves moments of intimacy and insight: a glimpse of Jackson, an ambitious perfectionist. Vogel occasionally undermines his hard work by giving Jackson a makeover as a romantic hero rather than a celebrity. Readers will enjoy."- Publishers Weekly  

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JOSEPH VOGEL is the author of three books, including Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson. He writes about popular music and culture for The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com/joe-vogel)  and PopMatters (popmatters.com/pm/archive/contributor/791/) .Vogel has written several exclusive pieces on Michael Jackson, including the first US review of the posthumous album, Michael, and the groundbreaking monograph, Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus. He currently resides in New York where he is a doctoral candidate and instructor at the University of Rochester.

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5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE Dec 11 2011
i read this book during a recent trip and i must say, it was a captivating read. I learned so much of the history behind those classics. Well worth the price. Must have in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man in the Music Jan. 2 2014
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This book is a must for those who love Michael and his music. Lots of interesting information on how the music came to be and a very thoughtful analysis of each piece of work. The book answered lots of questions in my mind, such as why a particular song was written - what was going on in MJ's life to make him write the song - what did it mean. Thank you, Mr Vogel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the book Nov. 17 2013
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Love it, have read it twice already. This i an awesome book to know what MJ was going through when doing a new CD, although I didn't understand some of the technical stuff as I'm not a producer I still found it very interesting. I will sometimes get it out when I'm listening to a DVD just to see what was written about the song. Especially 2000 Watts as I wanted to hear MJ sing in a baritone voice.
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As the writer Joseph Vogel says in the end of the preface: "In creating this book, I traveled deep inside that soul-filled work. With each return visit, new and exciting discoveries unfolded. It is my hope that Man in the Music will inspire a similar experience for others, serving as a gateway into the creative world of one of the most unique artists of the past century."

Joseph Vogel wrote this book to do justice to the great artist that Michael Jackson was! With 305 pages chalk full of information and pictures, this book really delivers in keeping you glued to this book, it is really hard to put down. Starting with the introduction bringing us enlightenment on Michael Jackson. The Subtitles are: philosophy and explaining his creative process, imagination, singing beyond language, music as a tapestry,and his artistic evolution. Joseph Vogel's style of writing is captivating. Joseph Vogel gives much detail about each album before going into detail of each song on each album. Albums are "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous," "History," "Blood on the Dance Floor," "Invincible," then The Final Years and finally in the Appendix the album "Michael." Each CD is thoroughly detailed and fascinating features brought out. At the back of the book is Notes, List of Songs, General Appendix and Index of Photographs. This is a must have book for serious MJ fans as the detail written with such integrity without all the condescending critism which made this book truly a breath of fresh air about a truly gifted artist - Michael Jackson.
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