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Man in the Music

By: Joseph Vogel
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
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Publisher's Summary

For half a century, Michael Jackson’s music has been an indelible part of our cultural consciousness. Landmark albums such as Off the Wall and Thriller shattered records, broke racial barriers, amassed awards, and set a new standard for popular music. While his songs continue to be played in nearly every corner of the world, however, they have rarely been given serious critical attention.

The first book dedicated solely to exploring his creative work, Man in the Music guides us through an unparalleled analysis of Jackson’s recordings, album by album, from his trailblazing work with Quincy Jones to his later collaborations with Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and Rodney Jerkins. Drawing on rare archival material and on dozens of original interviews with the collaborators, engineers, producers, and songwriters who helped bring the artist’s music into the world, Jackson expert and acclaimed cultural critic Joseph Vogel reveals the inspirations, demos, studio sessions, technological advances, setbacks and breakthroughs, failures and triumphs, that gave rise to an immortal body of work.

©2019 Joseph Vogel (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Brilliantly cracks the DNA of Michael Joseph Jackson.... A pointed, intelligent dissection of an epic body of work." (Spike Lee)

"The only comprehensive and critical rundown of Jackson’s solo material." (Rolling Stone)

"A must-have for any Jackson fan.... A fascinating read.... Each song Jackson recorded during his solo career is examined with a critical eye." (Associated Press)

"Don’t be surprised if it makes you go back and listen...with a whole new outlook on the King of Pop." (Zack O'Malley Greenburg, author of Michael Jackson, Inc.)

"This is the kind of book about Michael Jackson’s music, artistry, and creativity that really needed to be written - and Joseph Vogel has done it and done it very well. I am absolutely floored by Joe’s in-depth research and perceptive insight into what made Michael the one-of-a-kind, recording-breaking King of Pop. And - amazingly enough - even I learned a lot!" (J. Randy Taraborrelli, author of Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness)

"[Man in the Music] celebrates Michael’s songs and artistry in a wonderful journey through his music." (Jermaine Jackson)

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Full of inaccuracies, hearsay and sensationalism

A classic hit piece with aim to defame Michael Jackson. 90 % of the book consists of lies and inaccuracies

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This edition has been updated (2019)!

I'm only in the foreword, but 20 minutes in, the book *is* conscious of Jackson's personal life, its (considerable) shortcomings, including the recent Netflix documentary.

Really enjoying so far. Very well written - broad in scope but delightful in detail. Will update after completing.

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A catalog of Michael Jackson’s art

Michael Jackson well always be the king of pop and the greatest entertainers that ever lived this book pretty much gives a deep look into his artistry perfectionism gives you a deep inside of the off the wall thriller BAD Dangerous HIStory Past Present and Future Book 1 Blood on the dance floor Invincible albums the story behind the creation of thoses album I recommend hardcore Michael Jackson of this book

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Great body of work

A fascinating window into what made Michael Jackson of interest in the first place. Sad life and some I’ll advised decisions on his end but great, great entertainer and musician.

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Fantastic tribute to the studio work of MJ!

What a wonderfully made book for the King of Pop! It dives into his studio work track by track for ALL of his songs (even his lesser known appearances). You truly get to know that Michael wasn’t just an amazing performer but a true artist that wrote, produced, arranged and worked hard on his craft until he died. It has quotes from all of his collaborators including Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins. It paints the context of what was happening in his life at the time of the music creation without making it into a biography or tabloid trash. I highly recommend this for anyone that would like to know more about Michael the musical artist.

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  • Elizabeth Amisu, MA, PGCE
  • 09-30-22

Vogel never misses a beat

'Man in The Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson' remains at the top of my reading list for all students of MJ Studies. This book is an incredibly comprehensive analysis of Michael’s creative process album-by-album with the cultural significance and context of his creations.

The work of Dr. Joseph Vogel is nothing short of a breath of fresh air. His work reminds us that Michael Jackson was the William Shakespeare of the 21st century. His playhouse was the eyes and ears of television screens and record players/walkmans/CD-players/mp3-players for forty solid years. For me, Vogel will always be one of the most influential Michael Jackson Studies Academics because he was actively pursuing Michael’s artistic representation, presenting Michael Jackson Studies long before it was remotely fashionable to do so. Vogel never skips a beat. His research is impeccable. The level of understanding and insight in his work is always accessible and informative. No matter whether you read a blog, article or one of his books you will not be disappointed.

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  • david healy
  • 12-11-21

Brilliant MJ book.

loved it. found out loads of pieces of information I'd never heard before. didn't want it to end.

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  • Richard
  • 08-10-21

Excellent

Interesting read. Great insight into the songs of MJ. Highly recommended and will more than likely read again.

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  • Simon Andrew
  • 08-08-21

THIS IS IT

I was looking for a story after seeing this author on BAD25. wasn't ready for how indepth and fascinating it was though, I knew some of it, but nowhere near all of this. Good narration too and that helps I don't care how good the book is, it won't work if the voice is awful. Great. Highly recommended

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  • 12-18-20

An insightful look into the creative process of MJ

This book really opened my eyes into how The King of Pop created his music. It's rather refreshing to read a book that is solely focused on his music instead of his personal life.