Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson

Thriller The Musical Life of Michael Jackson Thriller takes us back to a time in when Michael Jackson was king of the charts breaking the color barrier on MTV heralding the age of video and becoming the ultimate representation of the cro

  • Title: Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson
  • Author: Nelson George
  • ISBN: 9780306818783
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Thriller takes us back to a time in 1982 when Michael Jackson was king of the charts, breaking the color barrier on MTV, heralding the age of video, and becoming the ultimate representation of the crossover dreams of Motown s Berry Gordy, who helped launch Jackson s career with the Jackson 5 In this incisive and revealing examination of the making and meaning of Thriller,Thriller takes us back to a time in 1982 when Michael Jackson was king of the charts, breaking the color barrier on MTV, heralding the age of video, and becoming the ultimate representation of the crossover dreams of Motown s Berry Gordy, who helped launch Jackson s career with the Jackson 5 In this incisive and revealing examination of the making and meaning of Thriller, Nelson George illuminates the brilliant creative process and work ethic of Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, deftly exploring the larger context of the music, life, and seismic impact of Michael Jackson on three generations All this from a groundbreaking journalist and cultural critic who was there George questions whether the phenomenon Jackson became is even possible today He revisits his early writings on the King of Pop and examines not only the stunning success of Thriller but also Jackson as an artist, public figure, and racial enigma including the details surrounding his death on June 25, 2009.

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    1. Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African American culture.Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in his directorial debut, the HBO movie Life Support The critically acclaimed drama looked at the effects of HIV on a troubled black family in his native Brooklyn, New York He recently co edited, with Alan Leeds, The James Brown Reader Plume , a collection of previously published articles about the Godfather of Soul that date as far back the late 50s Plume published the book in May 08.He is an executive producer on two returning cable shows the third season of BET s American Gangster and the fifth airing of VH1 s Hip Hop Honors George is the executive producer of the Chris Rock hosted feature documentary, Good Hair, a look at hair weaves, relaxers and the international black hair economy that s premiering at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Nelson George serves as host of Soul Cities, a travel show that debuted in November 2008 on VH1 Soul Nelson visited Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Memphis, New Orleans and the Bay Area He eats food, visits historic sites, and hears lots of music LaBelle, Robin Thicke, Babyface, Rafael Saadiq, Angie Stone and Jazmine Sullivan are among the many artists who talked with Nelson and perform The second season starts shooting in Spring 2009.Throughout the 80s and 90s George was an columnist for Billboard magazine and the Village Voice newspaper, work that led him to write a series of award winning black music histories Where Did Our Love Go The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound The Death of Rythm Blues and Hip Hop America He won a Grammy for his contribution to the linear notes package on the James Brown Star Time boxed set George co wrote Life and Def , the autobiography of his old friend Russell Simmons He s also had a career writing fiction, including the bestselling One Woman Short , and the story, It s Never Too Late in New York , which has been in several anthologies of erotica.As a screenwriter George co wrote Strictly Business , which starred Halle Berry, and CB4 , a vehicle for Chris Rock His work with Rock led to his involvement with The Chris Rock Show , an Emmy award winning HBO late night series He was an executive producer of Jim McKay s film, Everyday People , which premiered at the Sundance festival, and Todd Williams Peabody award winning documentary The N Word In 2009 Viking will publish his memoir, City Kid , a look at the connections between childhood in Brooklyn and his adult career in Manhattan, Los Angeles and Detroit.

    2. Here, Nelson George commits one of my biggest pet peeves: the writer inserting himself into the narrative of his subject. And he does it A LOT. I generally don't pick up a biography in order to read about the life of the author. I don't understand why they do this.However, the musical history and the analysis he gives to each song in Thriller is really interesting stuff. George obviously knows what he's talking about here.I could've also done without George's tipping his toe into the waters of p [...]

    3. I expected more. This book wasn't thorough enough for me. Explanations of how the music came to fruition were not good enough for me. There are a few interesting bits in this book, just musings coming from Nelson George. Someone will get the musical criticism of Michael Jackson right one day, but not with this book.

    4. The book was ok. I was expecting a whole "life" of Michael's musical career from the Jackson 5 until his death. The way his music changed with the different erasI did not get this, I got a little bit of history with an analysis of the Thriller album. I was disappointed.

    5. Overall an interesting and thorough exploration of what made "Thriller" the album it was, and possibly more importantly, what it is today. Why exactly is it the greatest selling album of all time, and what transpired in the industry, pop culture and history in order to make that possible? More to the point, what journey did Michael take, both personal and musical, in order to arrive at the necessary place himself from which to create it? George is a reasonable critic who makes clear efforts to k [...]

    6. There's a photo taken sometime in the 1980's of Michael wearing jeans and a flanno shirt, drinking vodka straight from the bottle with two provocatively dressed midgets on his lap. You can Google it. Whenever I see that photo it makes me happy, and it makes me think about how his life might have been if things had worked out a little better for him. This is the Michael Jackson that Nelson George is interested in, and this is a very smartly written book about Michael Jackson. While a lot of other [...]

    7. O livro poderia ter sido muito melhor se Nelson George não tivesse falado tanto de si mesmo. Ainda que muito sirva para contextualizar, havia porções que poderiam ter sido completamente eliminadas e que nada acrescentam. Mas quando ele acerta, ela acerta em cheio. Ele sabe do que tá falando e ele descreve perfeitamente o cenário musical e da vida na época do surgimento dos Jackson 5, do boom de Thriller e dos anos seguintes (ainda que ele se dedique bem mais às duas primeiras partes) para [...]

    8. Good emphasis on the music, but a little scrappily researched (Michael was married to Priscilla Presley and Debbie Rows according to Nelson, and had a brother called Tariano Adoyl, and wore too much rouge, rather than suffered from rosacea, a common side effect of lupus and vitiligo). As a fan, I can't help but defend him, though can admit this was not the aim of the book. It was to give context to Michael's extraordinary talent and skills, and place him squarely in the black soul tradition, reg [...]

    9. I remember reading this book and I also remember not even being able to make it through the first chapter because instead of giving me a recap on Michael Jackson's life I got a steady stream of insults and erratic questioning of Michael's behavior. I just couldn't do it. According to the reviews it got better but I just couldn't bring myself to read anymore. I got this book from the library. I took it back the very same day.

    10. George is an experienced music writer with an understanding of the pop and hiphop industry. He gives an enthralling, thorough and unbiased look at the King of Pop's rise to fame.

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