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My Friend Michael: An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man [Hardcover]

Frank Cascio
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Nov. 15 2011
Frank Cascio was a close friend of tragic superstar Michael Jackson for more than twenty-five years. In My Friend Michael, Cascio offers a deeply personal, behind-the-scenes look at the Michael Jackson he knew. Filled with never-before-told stories and intimate details, My Friend Michael is the most candid, moving, and provocative portrait of the “King of Pop” to date—a fair and loving portrait of a true American pop music icon and of a remarkable friendship that endured through triumph and struggle, scandal and controversy.

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Everyone knows Michael Jackson—the myth. This is the revealing true story of Michael Jackson—the man.

To Frank Cascio, Michael Jackson was many things—second father, big brother, boss, mentor, and teacher, but most of all he was a friend. Though Cascio was just a few years old when he first met Jackson in 1984, at the peak of the pop star’s career, Jackson was at the center of his life for the next twenty-five years, allowing Cascio to observe firsthand the greatest entertainer the world had ever seen. In that time, he became the ultimate Michael Jackson insider, yet remained publicly silent about his experiences. Until now.

In My Friend Michael, Cascio refutes the rumors, lies, and accusations that have accumulated over the years, providing a candid look at the Michael Jackson he knew for more than two decades. Offering an uplifting and definitive account of the legend, Cascio details how he grew up alongside Jackson, traveling the world with him on concert tours and eventually working for him. Through this lens, Cascio captures Jackson’s most private and tumultuous moments, while also setting the record straight on the entertainer’s notorious and misunderstood lifestyle—from his Peter Pan reality and his sexuality to the false allegations against him.

As Cascio shows, there was a great deal more to Michael Jackson than the headlines about him have suggested. Cascio reveals his friend in all his complexity, bringing to light his passions and joys as well as his flaws and eccentricities. Including stories about Jackson that have never before been made public, Cascio creates a balanced, human look at the pop star, one that shows Jackson as the very real person he was—a lively friend with an endearingly juvenile sense of humor.

What emerges is a clear-eyed yet deeply respectful portrait of Jackson—a man who was at times unremarkably average but also terribly scarred by his life in the spotlight. Packed with never-before-seen photos, anecdotes, and insights, My Friend Michael is a trove of Michael Jackson lore that both celebrates his life and redefines our understanding of the man behind the myth.

About the Author

Frank Cascio is an entrepreneur whose expertise ranges from business finance to music entertainment. His friendship with Michael Jackson began in 1984, when Frank was just a few years old. At the age of eighteen Frank was hired by Jackson to be his personal assistant, eventually being promoted to personal manager. Cascio was a producer of The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See as well as the creative consultant and one of the producers of Michael Jackson’s Private Home Movies, which aired on Fox in 2003. Cascio divides his time between New York City and Europe, specifically Germany and Italy, two other places he calls home.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too revealing! May 22 2013
Although this book does a good job of showing how Michael Jackson struggled with so many challenges throughout Frank's long-term relationship with him, I had an ongoing, disturbing feeling that there was too much here. Too revealing, too many judgments made, too self-enhancing of the author.
I recommend Dr. Karen Moriarty's "Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy" as the most positive, caring, and credible book about Michael Jackson, especially during his last years. DAK has earned the endorsement of Thomas Mesereau, which impressed me; after I read DAK, I realized why.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed by Frank Casio Aug. 20 2012
After reading Frank Casio's his "Ordinary friendship with an Extraordinary man", I am more than disappointed and disturbed by his subjective, judgmental, biased and opinionated story about MJ written all over book. I am extremely disenchanted that Frank Casio, who called himself a friend of MJ, has in fact misunderstood and passed unfair judgment on Michael. Without walking MJ's shoes, Franks is the one of the many worst, as worst as the tabloids, so-called journalists, and Tom Sneldon. I can't imagine how one could have endured the magnitude of psychosocial pain of being misunderstood that MJ had suffered. I don't think I could sleep, eat or breathe with a faith in God. If you ask any healthcare professionals involving in pain management and palliative care, there is solid evidence to support that "Pain is what the person says". Also, there is a very fine line between addition to dependency
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it Jan. 29 2014
By josee
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its a very sweet book,it shows is humain side ,to bad the news paper did not see it like this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Touches the Heart April 26 2013
By lovemj
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is fantastic and shows a diifferent side of Michael, The pressure he was under was unbelievable
Always a struggle of who to trust and who was a true friend
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