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

Frank Cascio
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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.

Quatrième de couverture

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.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 pas de commentaires pour une vraie fan ! 30 juin 2012
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Je l'avais acheté en pensant me remettre à l'anglais, mais depuis, il est sorti en français... donc je l'ai acheté à nouveau. Par la suite je pourrai comparer si la traduction est bien faite. Le traducteur étant très connu, je le conseille en français pour ceux qui ne maîtrisent pas à fond l'anglais.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Too revealing! 28 mai 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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 MJ in NJ?! Surprisingly great glimpse into the personal life of a legend 17 novembre 2011
Par Ingrid - Publié sur
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I started reading this book expecting to dislike Frank Cascio. I assumed he was just trying to make money off his supposed "friendship" with Michael Jackson. I almost decided against the book when I read newspaper articles about it. I'm glad I didn't. This book ended up being absolutely fascinating.

Can you imagine being a teenager and having Michael Jackson over to your house for dinner? Can you imagine going to school every day, listening to all of your friends talking about Michael Jackson, and knowing that he's actually sitting on the couch in your living room waiting for you to get home? Not quite sure how Frank managed to stay quiet all of these years. I can assure you that if Michael Jackson had been over to my house, the entire school would have known about it.

This book is filled with cute anecdotes and stories. Things like Frank and Michael feeding Starburst candies to the elephants at Neverland. Walking around Times Square late at night, with a disguised Michael, while a street performer did a Moonwalk before them. Late night stories about Madonna trying to seduce Michael. Stories like these seem to give insight into Michael as we've never seen him before. (Personally, I never would have guessed that Michael's shyness would be the source of so much of his behavior.)

The book talks a bit about the charges against Michael and some drug use, but that's definitely not the focus. This is a book about an unusual relationship. Why did the King of Pop feel most comfortable with a family in suburban New Jersey? This man seemingly had it all, yet it seems that the Cascios were able to provide with him with a sense of peace that he didn't feel anywhere else. When times were tough, they seemed to be first ones to have his back. To me, it seems like this book is Frank's attempt to continue protecting Michael just as he did when Michael was alive. He managed to let me, for a few hours, forget all about the media circus and remember the man that made me want to make the world a better place - and dance all over my parents' house.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must buy - but don't expect an all laughs fairy tale 18 novembre 2011
Par ivy - Publié sur
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** Note: Do not let the people that haven't bought or read the book but gave negative reviews because they hate the Cascio family affect your decision to buy. Read the reviews from people that have bought and read the book.

Before I go into details, there's something that everyone should understand about this book. As Frank mentions in the prologue this book is about Michael Jackson - the man and not Michael Jackson - the King of Pop. This book is about the decades long friendship - with ups and downs- Michael and Frank had. Also realize that Frank has a different perception of Michael than we all do. To Frank Cascio , Michael Jackson is the person that he met as a kid without knowing who he was, who turned to a person that helped with his homework, to a father figure and then a friend; a friend that he laughed, worked, cried, shared and even argued at times.

As a long time fan I have also read almost every single book, article, magazine (and even court documents) and watched every documentary, news show etc about Michael. So as I was already knowledgeable about most things, many of the books and documentaries (including recent releases such as Jermaine Jackson's book) didn't offer much "new" stuff to me. I knew them all and they even became boring (how many times do we need to hear the Motown story, honestly?). Frank's book was refreshing in this regard. Although we all know the main events, the details mentioned in the book are new and make it an interesting read. That alone made me satisfied with my purchase.

The time period when Frank was a child is perhaps the most fun part of the book. Frank details his experiences with Michael and they are all inspiring to say the least. They will surely put a smile on your face. Frank also tells about Chandlers and paints the picture of a jealous father going after Michael. During the time period when Frank worked (officially or unofficially) for Michael, their relationship evolved to be a lot more closer, well due to the fact that Frank now was an adult and what Michael shared with an adult versus a child obviously was different and Frank was spending a lot more time with Michael. From this time period the book details 1999 bridge accident, recording of Invincible, Heal the Kids charitable efforts, troubles with Sony, MTV award fiasco, Living with Michael Jackson documentary, the rebuttal video, MJ Private home movies and Arvizos. In this part Frank once again wonderfully portrays the calculated effort of Janet Arvizo and shows how the second allegations were again nothing but a money grab attempt. Final part details the after second allegations, the trial, the falling out and the making up they experienced.

Frank doesn't write the book in an ultimate indisputable truth format, on the contrary he writes what Michael told him, what he believed, what other people said etc. He clearly identifies what is his opinion. As the reader you are left to your own devices to make up your mind to believe whatever you want. I liked this a lot.

Although drugs are mentioned in the book, don't let the media quotes trick you to believe that it's all the book about. Actually it's a very small part. Frank clearly states that Michael wasn't junkie and he was in terrible physical and emotional pain. Frank mainly blames doctors for not solving Michael's issues and simply prescribing him drugs.

Some fans called this book depressing. It has its funny moments and moments that you can't help but smile to the antics of Michael we all know and love but at times it's also sad. I believe this to be expected as it covers 1993 allegations, 1999 bridge fall, 2001 Sony Events, 2003 allegations and 2005 trial. Simply put: those weren't happy times and it's impossible for the book to be cheery about such topics.

Invasion of Michael's privacy was also been a concern for the fans but honestly I haven't seen reason for such concerns. Most of the book is about the details of the public business and life events of Michael that we all know. Little mentions of Michael's attraction to women or his temporary issues wasn't alarming to me.

What was the best parts of the book?

- Michael Jackson the father as always a wonderful thing to read. Michael was also a father to Cascio kids and Omer. His interactions with his kids make you feel happy and love him more. That parts of the book was the one that most stood out actually. I believe that might be the strongest point this book makes.

- Michael Jackson the teacher is also unbelievable. His life lessons to Cascios and his kids, his love for the books, his philosophy is a must must must read for every Michael Jackson fan.

- Frank's first hand witness account of Chandlers and Arvizos is also very valuable information for all and hopefully will help to change the misconceptions about Michael.

In the end you'll laugh (such as : peach cobbler, candy loving animals, Mr. Donald Duck, Gary the driver, Michael choosing what to wear, Michael's pranks), you'll fall in love with Michael again(such as: Michael's interactions with his children and his love of education) and you'll get sad (such as allegations, how media treated Michael). Overall it's a good read that I recommend to everyone. Just realize it's about Michael Jackson the man, not Michael Jackson the superstar or Michael Jackson the perfect saint.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book by someone who knew Jackson well 22 novembre 2011
Par Johnny Q - Publié sur
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Like many others I had almost decided not to buy this book based on media reviews then I realized the media was never fair or unbiased about Michael Jackson. Sure enough, the book is nothing like the reviews. The media, as is typical, picked out one or two negative things and reported that and only that. When you read the whole book however, you realize that Frank Cascio and Michael Jackson loved each other through some of the hardest times imaginable. When Jackson died they were still friends. Cascio met Jackson when he was 5 and his brother was 3. They and their parents and other siblings spent time with Jackson at Neverland (sometimes alone), on tour with him, at the Casico's home in New Jersey and many places in between. Some of the small details about Jackson are interesting, but I think the most important message the book delivers is how misunderstood Jackson was although Cascio admits some of it was Jackson's doing. Casio delivers these messages without any reservations; 1. Jackson was not a pedophile, 2. Jackson was not a drug addict, 3. Jordie Chandler admitted to Casio that his father (Evan Chandler who later extorted money from Jackson) was extremely jealous of Michael Jackson; which is what Jackson always said. Anyone who writes a negative review of this book has an agenda of some kind.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 MUST READ!!! 18 novembre 2011
Par Xavier - Publié sur
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I finished reading "My Friend Michael" by Frank Cascio and was finally happy to get a great insight into Michael's thought processes during some of his most important years. O I have had a lot of questions about Michael and how he made certain decisions and what drove him. I found a lot of those answers in Cascio's book. A wonderful walk into Michael Jackson's life with the Cascio Family through Frank's eyes. I was not disappointed at all. Some parts of the book will be difficult to read but you really get to understand Michael Jackson as a person a heck of a lot better. Most books are a glossed over look into Michael but this one really turns like one of those rides at Neverland. You can see the honesty on pages. You can really visualize the very complicated but strong bond Michael had with this family and Frank especially. It begs the question why this family? This is a very historic situation. When Michael Jackson's history is written the Cascio family should be a very integral part of it. Some really important moments: When the Cascios stood by Michael in 1993 during the first allegations is just outstanding. How many friends do that? With all the ups and downs Michael had they continued to support one another. That's amazing friendship. Think about it. Why would a celebrity of Michael Jackson stature even care about a family from New Jersey? Why would he even go back to their home even after he and Frank had their ups and downs? He wasn't forced to. There must have been something special in this relationship. It's almost as though Michael and this family couldn't be separated. Spending all his holidays and birthdays with this family. WoW. Imagine spending Christmas with Michael Jackson. He must have really loved them. I also found the showdown between Michael and Frank in the Cascio home to be riveting. I know I wouldn't have been so tough with Michael (lol) but that really showed the depth of their relationship. The comfort level. The bare honesty. There's just so much in this book. Great details. It doesn't feel like the stab in the back that some in the media have made it out to seem. I decided to open my heart and read this book and came away pleasantly surprised. There are times I wanted to smack Frank (lol) when it came to Michael and drugs but that's only because a lot of us thought of Michael as the perfect idol. I walk away from this book thinking Michael was even more perfect because he was human. He was a hero with flaws. A great friend. My Friend Michael: An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Just Another MJ Money Grabber! 23 décembre 2011
Par LisaS - Publié sur
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I did not enjoy reading this book at all. For someone who claimed to protect Michael Jackson's privacy, I felt that Frank Cascio gave away too much information about Michael's private life, information that was not his to give. He went into great detail about his problems with prescription medication. Reading about this made me feel very uncomfortable and sick to my stomach. I felt as though I was reading information about Michael that was not for me to know. His personal battle with prescription medication should not have been discussed in such great detail in a book without Michael's prior knowledge. I expected to read more stories about Michael and Frank's adventures together. I wanted to read about their friendship as the title suggests, but these stories were few and far between. Much of the book is about Frank Cascio. With all due respect to Frank, I am really not interested in his life, so reading about what a great soccer player he was just bored me to tears. I also felt he big noted himself - a lot!!! The way Frank tells it, at the age of 19 he was responsible for all of Michael's business decisions, and apparently according to Frank did a very good job!!! I also struggled to read his view of Michael's marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, considering Frank was only 13 years old at the time.

He also complains bitterly about the affect being Michael Jackson's friend and "personal assistant" had on his life. If this was the case, why didn't he just walk away? Why? Because he loved the lifestyle being Michael's friend brought with it - first class flights around the world, 5 star hotels, parties at Neverland (when Michael wasn't there).

Frank is no better than the "associates" of Michael's who he continually criticises. No wonder Michael's life was in such turmoil. His employees, business associates, anyone with even the slightest connection to him, were constantly fighting and back stabbing. Frank Cascio was no different.

I reached a point in the book where I just wanted to tell Frank to stop whining!!! I think, and this is just my opinion, Frank holds great resentment towards Michael and he knew by writing this book he would at last be able to punish Michael for the way he treated him. I just don't believe that Frank was completely innocent.

Once again we only have the writer's side of Michael's story. We have never and will never be able to get Michael's side of the story. The last chapter is very touching, but for me it was too little too late - Frank Cascio had already sold Michael out!!!
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