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Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson (Anglais) Relié – 23 juin 2010

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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 Motowns Berry Gordy, who helped launch Jacksons 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. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Nelson Georgeis the award-winning author of a dozen books, including his memoir,City Kid, and the classicHip-Hop America. He is also a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. George was born in Brooklyn, where he still lives. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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D'abord, il faut lire l'anglais. Si c'est le cas, un excellent livre qui analyse la place de Thriller dans la carrière de Michael, mais surtout les origines et les influences musicales de cet album, et l'influence qu'il aura sur la musique jusqu'à nos jours. Beaucoup d'éléments de contexte américain sont expliqués, de nombreux artistes cités sont à découvrir. J'aimerais bien que cet auteur fasse le même travail pour les autres albums.
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Récit d'un proche de Michael, depuis son enfance jusqu'à la fin. En anglais, entièrement, mais doté d'une sincérité, d'une objectivité, d'une précision dans les faits, et anecdotes remarquable.
La couverture séduit autant que son contenu.
Pour les anglophones et anglophiles !
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HASH(0x9ff94944) étoiles sur 5 A nice read but surprisingly sparse 31 mai 2010
Par Music Moves Me - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The author's strengths lay in his history as a music critic, and in that vein, he offers some helpful and insightful commentary about Michael Jackson's history in music. However, for someone who supposedly has a longstanding knowledge of Michael Jackson (given that he wrote about him in the 1980's) it was really a surprise and disappointing that he got many basic facts wrong - referencing some of the names of Michael's family members as well as his wives, for example. His reviews of other aspects of Michael's career are glaringly innacurate as well, for example his review of the Jackson's TV show from 1976 where the author says that Michael Jackson stood out only for his role as the lead singer among his brothers and he calls the guest stars TV "hacks", notible names from the time such as Joey Bishop, Sony Bono, and Dom Deluise. For anyone who has actually seen the show, it would be more than clear that Michael's performace stood out as more than just a lead singer, as "the camera loved him" as they say, and his skill as an actor, his stage presence and dance ability made him seem like a natural in comparison to the rest of the family (and there was also no mention in the author's comments about the show regarding the now very infamous short scenes with Janet Jackson as a young Mae West). Other editorial flaws are seen in examples such as typos which refer to "A&R" records (rather than the correct "A&M"), referring to "Billie Jean" and "Human Nature" as songs that Michael did not write himself, when in fact he did write "Billie Jean", and a minor innacurracy in the author's reference to the famous "scat" transition on the Jackson's Live album wherein Michael cries out "I think I wanna rock!" Also, although the focus of the book is on the Thriller album, hence the title, the subtitle is "the musical life of Michael Jackson", yet the author devotes merely a paragraph to the HIStory and Invincible albums combined, which although not nearly as commercially successful as their predecessors surely should yield more attention from a music critic who offers a narrative about Jackson's "musical life". All in all, some good musical insights for MJ fans, especially appreciating the perceptive details about individual compositions, but those who know Michael's work best will wish the gaps had been closed before releasing a book about one of the most accomplished musicians of our time.
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HASH(0xa00f551c) étoiles sur 5 Interesting but flawed 1 juin 2010
Par Sukicat - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I had higher expectations for this book. I was hoping for a deeper examination of Michael's musical career. The book, indeed, does focus on the music and the context of Michael within the music world in the 70s, 80s and a bit beyond. It also provides an interesting examination of Michael's race in the context of how he was perceived by the black community. However, the content of the book is rather thin. It almost seems hastily created even though it clearly wasn't something dashed off to cash in on Michael's death. The glaring mistakes such as getting the names of both of Michael's wives wrong (he refers to Michael's brief marriages to "Priscilla Presley and Debbie Rows"), although not central to the purpose of the book, are inexcusable and seem almost deliberate, either as a publicity stunt or as a snub to these women. If not deliberate, how could such a mistake slip through the editorial process? Such things diminish the author's efforts to be taken seriously. That said, the content that is there is well-written and provides some insights I have not seen elsewhere. It is also a very quick read. I just wish it delved deeper into more of Michael's music.
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HASH(0xa00f49fc) étoiles sur 5 A quick read, just scratching the surface of Thriller 15 juin 2010
Par tabccb - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In this book, Nelson George gives a little insight into black music history of the time...50's, 60's, 70's. He sets the stage well for the entrance of Thriller on the world stage...poised between the analog and digital age.

Mr. George touches on the Jackson5/Jacksons timeframe. He gave a little different point of view about Joseph Jackson's actions which I found to be very reasonable and definitely put it into the historical context of a black man in America at that time.

I did enjoy the song by song descriptions of the Thriller album. It gave more detail on where the inspiration came from for each, who wrote the songs, who played on the songs. It did focus on the creative team that was assembled for this historic endoeavor. I think this could have been taken even further. I did learn a little more about Prince's early career from parts of this book.

There was a reference to keeping the company of boys which I felt was not needed. Although, later in the book when talking about Chuck Berry as an early black rocker, Nelson George referenced the unfair application of the Mann Act that derailed Chuck Berry's career. It seemed to be an attempt put events that happened to Michael Jackson in a racial context which many people believe to have been the reasons for the lynch mob mentality for the last 15 years of Michael's life.

Mr. George obviously had issues with MJ's skin problems. He discusses it in the book but doesn't really talk about the reasons for the skin lightening (ie. vitiligo).

The author does discuss the relationship between Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. Quincy Jones served as a mentor to Michael. When Michael was ready to update his sound and move on to new things, Nelson George suggests that Michael had reached a point in his life where he wanted to be a mentor. Then, the author goes on to discuss the Dangerous album produced by Teddy Riley. I had often thought this myself as all young people outgrow their mentors and want to move on to a different role for themselves.

Overall, it was a quick read and kept my attention. There were many editing mistakes especially getting the names of Michael's two wives incorrect. I expected the book to be mainly about the Thriller album and it was. The author should have spent more time on this album and not even tried to look at others. It would have been a better book. But, the author clearly admires Michael as a gifted singer, dancer, choreographer, producer, songwriter, and creative genius.
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HASH(0x9ff9498c) étoiles sur 5 MORE, PLEASE. 7 juin 2010
Par L. Hastings - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I purchased this book on the strength that Nelson George was its author. I've read some of his articles and music writings and even a couple of his fiction novels; though with the novels, I wasn't as impressed. I devoured this little book very quickly which wasn't hard to do at only 216 pages, excluding the index. With Thriller: The Musical Life Of Michael Jackson, while not a bad book, I'd say George leaves a lot to be desired.

Nelson George writes that this is not a biography. It's not. Nor do I think it's about MJ's musical life. In the introduction it is 1971 and George is 14 going to a Jackson 5 concert. He successfully describes the dynamics of MJ as a performer and how watching him gave him hope for his own future. Later, he reflects that writing a quickie book biography on Michael Jackson in 1984 is when his career began to take hold. In Thriller, he does brief you to certain facts about Michael Jackson, his childhood for example, but there is nothing new and if you already know the details, you should be fine with this. George proves that you don't often need many words to make your point and he successfully does this with Joe Jackson, the man that he has the most contact with. He explains Joe Jackson and in my opinion, nails MJ's father with his analysis. There is not a lot of personal judgement going on here, but George does say that he was disturbed by Michael's physical transformations. Still, the purpose of this book is to honor the music.

If you're going to critique Michael Jacksons music, you're taking on a huge committment. I really wanted these songs to be dissected. Since Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson, really is just about the Thriller album, I don't understand why a more in depth examination wasn't done. If you ask me, these are just notes on the songs, little drops in the bucket, little musings. In other words, tell me something about these songs that I don't already know. Perhaps, I'm being too greedy. Maybe there is nothing more to say about Thriller. Maybe everything has already been said, every quote already been taken. Maybe it would have been better if more information came from Michael himself, (via personal interviews, quotes etc...) than others, (tiresome anecdotes that we've heard over and over) perhaps, that would have given the book more depth. I'm not saying that Nelson George doesn't offer up anything insightful about these songs, he does manage to serve up some information on background players who may have written a particular song. And then, there is his perception of them. There IS other filler in this book. If it were solely about MJ's Thriller, it would be an even thinner volume.

Should you read this book? If you're prepared to accept that the author did the best that he was capable of doing. His work reveals that he held respect for MJ and his musical career. There are a few things that make you go "ahhhh" and "what if?" I just don't think George is the best choice for what this book should have been. Inside, the author states that his book is more of a blend of memoir, cultural history and music criticism. That's what it is, written in that quickie, bio style format.
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HASH(0xa00f557c) étoiles sur 5 Very Disappointing! 1 avril 2012
Par Valerie Evans - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I found this book on the shelf while browsing the music section at Barnes and Nobles last year. As you know, you can sit and read the books before you buy. I read through some parts and skimmed others and I did not like what I saw. I saw the common errors and inconsistencies all mentioned here. This is my first time reading this author and based on this, I would not buy anything else he has written because the sloppy, lazy and opinionated work I see here. He is not a subject matter expert on Michael and any die hard fan knows that. Some things people should just leave alone and not try to capitalize on using Michael's name to write a book. I know this is not about his complete life story but sheesh! He should at least know what he was talking about on the parts he did cover. Just researching would have helped with common information such as the name of the wives! Things like that were sloppy and lazy to me. I did like the cover because it caught my eye to begin with. What a disappointment that the book didn't live up to what I expected inside.

Don't buy it. There are better books out there about Michael. If you still want to read, get it from the library if it is available in your area. That way you haven't lost any money. Just my two cents.
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