Moonwalk (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Oct 27, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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The #1 New York Times bestseller! Michael Jackson’s one and only autobiography – his life, in his words.

With original Foreword by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a new Introduction by Motown founder Berry Gordy, and an Afterword by Michael Jackson’s editor and publisher, Shaye Areheart.

“I’ve always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul. I’d like to sit by a fire and tell people stories – make them see pictures, make them cry and laugh, take them anywhere emotionally with something as deceptively simple as words. I’d like to tell tales to move their souls and transform them. I’ve always wanted to be able to do that. Imagine how the great writers must feel, knowing they have that power. I sometimes feel I could do it. It’s something I’d like to develop. In a way, songwriting uses the same skills, creates the emotional highs and lows, but the story is a sketch. It’s quicksilver. There are very few books written on the art of storytelling, how to grip listeners, how to get a group of people together and amuse them. No costumes, no makeup, no nothing, just you and your voice, and your powerful ability to take them anywhere, to transform their lives, if only for minutes.” –Michael Jackson, in Moonwalk

From the 1988 edition:

Megastar Michael Jackson’s singularly brilliant career and intensely private lifestyle have become a magnificent obsession for millions of rock fans and celebrity watchers throughout the world. His double-platinum singles rocket to the top of the music charts with a velocity equaled only by the inevitable accompaniment of wild rumors about his eccentric personal life. Now for the first time, Michael Jackson breaks the fiercely guarded barrier of silence that has surrounded him in a remarkably candid and courageous book — Moonwalk.

In this intimate and often moving personal account of Michael Jackson’s public and private life, he recalls a childhood that was both harsh and joyful but always formidable. Michael and his brothers played amateur music shows and seamy Chicago strip joints until Motown’s corporate image makers turned the Jackson 5 into worldwide superstars. Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 have combined sales of over 200 million albums. He talks about the happy prankster days of his youth, traveling with his brothers, and of his sometimes difficult relationships with his family over the years. He speaks candidly about the inspiration behind his music, his mesmerizing dance moves, and the compulsive drive to create that has made him one of the biggest stars in the music business and a legend in his own time. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Thriller as the biggest-selling-album of all time.

In Moonwalk, Michael Jackson shares his personal feelings about some of his most public friends…friends like Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Katharine Hepburn. He talks openly about the crushing isolation of his fame, of his first love, of his plastic surgery, and of his wholly exceptional career and the often bizarre and unfair rumors that have surrounded it.

Illustrated with rare photographs from Jackson family albums and Michael’s personal photographic archives, as well as a drawing done by Michael exclusively for this book, Moonwalk is a memorable journey to the very heart and soul of a modern musical genius.


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This book offers an insight into Michael jackson. - Goodreads
His writing style is so cute in this book! - Goodreads
The book is illustrated with family photographs. - Goodreads
It is my reference "bible" about Michael. - Goodreads

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I enjoyed this book, which I purchased and first read years ago. It gives interesting insight into a man who was, in my opinion, undoubtedly a musical genius. Unfortunately, as with most geniuses ... Read full review

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I've never been a fan of autobiographies, or biographies, or anything non-fiction, to be entirely honest with you. But in fourth grade, I began appreciating Michael Jackson, and it took me a couple ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
2
Section 3
3
Section 4
4
Section 5
5
Section 6
6
Section 7
35
Section 8
72
Section 14
290
Section 15
291
Section 16
292
Section 17
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Section 18
294
Section 19
295
Section 20
296
Section 21
297

Section 9
108
Section 10
184
Section 11
236
Section 12
239
Section 13
288
Section 22
298
Section 23
299
Section 24
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About the author (2010)

MICHAEL JACKSON was the undisputed King of Pop and has been called "the greatest entertainer who ever lived."

SHAYE AREHEART was, along with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Michael Jackson's original editor.


From the Hardcover edition.

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