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You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes [Format Kindle]

Jermaine Jackson
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‘This is the truth as we know it. I have read so much about what people think they know about Michael, but this is about what really happened.’ Jermaine Jackson

You Are Not Alone is an intimate, loving portrait of Michael Jackson, illuminating the private man like never before. It is an invitation into Michael’s real character, private insights and hidden feelings: the innermost thoughts of a fiercely private individual.

Jermaine Jackson knew Michael like only a brother can. In You Are Not Alone Jermaine brings light to the man behind the mask of superstardom, an identity that has lingered in the shadows for too long. You Are Not Alone is a celebration of the real Michael: the boy who shared a tiny bunkbed with Jermaine at 2300 Jackson Street, Gary, Indiana; the brother with whom Jermaine shared laughter, tears and memories; the boy who would grow up to become a legend.

Raw, honest and incredibly moving, You Are Not Alone is also a sophisticated, no-holds-barred examination of Michael Jackson, aimed at fostering a true and final understanding of who he was and what shaped him. This is Michael Jackson – the man, not the legend – through a brother’s eyes.

If you love Michael Jackson, this is the only book you will want to read.

If you think you know the Michael Jackson story, it’s time to think again.

Biographie de l'auteur

Jermaine Jackson, fourth-born in the musical family dynasty, was an original member of the Jackson 5. Singer, record producer, and composer, Jermaine is widely perceived as the Jackson family’s spokesperson, both before and after Michael’s death. He is the father to seven children and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Halima.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Très beau livre 17 mars 2012
Ce livre est vraiment magnifique, Jermaine Jackson parle de son frère avec le plus grand des respects et avec un amour indéfinissable. Jermaine à beaucoup souffert de la célébrité de son frère non pas par jalousie mais pour l'éloignement de Michael Jackson envers sa famille. Jermaine Jackson nous raconte son frère avec amour et humilité et je recommande vraiment ce livre à tous les fans et les non fans de Michael Jackson car à travers cet ouvrage, Jermaine Jackson nous démontre encore une fois à quel point Michael Jackosn était bon et remplie d'amour envers ses fans, sa musique, sa famille et bien sur ses enfants et les enfants du monde entier ainsi que sa générosité.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bravo Jermaine 27 juin 2012
Par Marun
C'est un très beau livre, le récit semble sincère, fidèle. Jermaine a merveilleusement joué son rôle de grand frère protecteur. Je sais que Michaël lui manque.
Ne manquez pas de le lire.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pleasantly Surprised - Couldn't Put It Down! 14 septembre 2011
Par JJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
When I first heard Jermaine was writing a book about his brother Michael, I was turned off by the idea. Brother or not, I'd heard about so many upcoming MJ books, it felt like yet another person jumping on the bandwagon trying to make a fast buck off the deceased.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

Jermaine writes with such passion and eloquence, it's clear he wrote this book for all the right reasons: to honor his brother, to share his deep love for him, and to protect his younger sibling, like any good big brother should. I've fancied myself a writer my entire life, and while I'm certainly no New York Times Bestseller, I've learned enough to know you can't write half-truths with this much passion and sincerity. It just isn't possible. Jermaine's love for Michael, and his burning desire to set the record straight, bleeds off every page of this book; (or in my case, oozes off the screen of my Kindle for Android app! ;-D )

I think part of my initial negative reaction toward Jermaine's book was that I wasn't sure if it would be truthful, or just another Jackson Family media spin. We all know how masterful they are at using the media for their own commercial gain; we've seen them do it better than anyone for decades. So I think I had more than a little cynicism toward this book right from the get-go; and I'm sure I'm not the only one. But in all fairness to Jermaine, who of us would take the time to write such an in-depth and personal memoir knowing they'll be highly criticized for it? Would you share your family memories under the same circumstances? For what? The privilege of being raked over the coals for it? For me, that in itself speaks to Jermaine's sincerity. It would be easier for him to just save these memories for himself and forgo the attacks that will undoubtedly follow. Instead, I'm pleased to say Jermaine is quite generous and forthcoming in sharing such personal and clearly cherished memories.

This is a very intimate look at one of the worlds most famous icons, but more than that, it's a memoir of love from big brother to little brother, and in the process, we the readers are given an insight to MJ on a level that perhaps no other author is qualified to offer. I imagine that writing this book was highly cathartic for Jermaine, though I doubt it will offer much solace or closure given Michael's tragic and untimely death, and pending trial.

I remember Jermaine telling Larry King that he wished he could have died instead of Michael; that the world needed him more, and as his big brother, he felt he had failed his younger sibling in some way. At the time, I didn't quite believe Jermaine; it just seemed like the right thing to say for television. But after reading this book, I get the sense that his words to Larry King were genuine and heartfelt. It's clear that Jermaine does feel he failed his little brother, and wishes he could turn back time and make it right. Perhaps this book is his best effort in accomplishing just that. To paraphrase MJ from Jermaine's book: 'lies run in sprints, while the truth runs in marathons.' It's clear Jermaine has picked up the torch and ran with it.

I recently bought an Android tablet and got Amazon's free Kindle app for it; the combo is so great, that it inspired me to get back into novels like this again after a decade long lapse (I pretty much just read technical or 'how-to' type books.) I was looking for something good to get me started, and MJ has been on my mind a lot lately. I'd just finished reading his memoir, Moonwalk, and nice as it was to read his own words, the book was abrupt and fell a little flat, so I was looking for something more. Browsing the plethora of MJ books out there, I just wasn't finding anything that fit what I wanted -- one was too salacious, the other too gushing, the next overly simplistic, another still focused on nothing but the pedophilia trials -- I had no clue what I was looking for, I just knew none of these were it.

Frustrated, and itching to play with my new Android tablet, I bought LaToya's book, Starting Over, on a whim. I've always looked at LaToya as the dysfunctional one of the Jackson clan, but she made me fall in love with her during her stint on Celebrity Apprentice; that cute giggle and the purity of her love for Michael couldn't help but win me over. I was enjoying the read and the tales of abuse made me understand her better since it paralleled my childhood, but it still wasn't quite what I was looking for...

That's when I stumbled upon Jermaine's book for the second time, only this time, it was finished and soon to be released. Amazon, in their infinite wisdom, recommended it to me which convinced me to take a second look. In reading the description, all the unspoken requirements I felt in my heart seemed present enough that I was willing to push my cynicism aside and give Jermaine a chance and pre-ordered my copy.

And I'm so glad I did.

I'd just settled in with my tablet last night and was about to continue with LaToya's book when I noticed my Kindle App had downloaded my pre-order of Jermaine's new book. Thanks Amazon for delivering it early; just after 9pm Pacific Time the night before its official release! (Maybe they release their e-books according to East coast time?)

No disrespect to LaToya, but I was so enthralled by Jermaine's writing right from page one, that I completely forgot about her book and was instantly captivated by Jermaine's. I couldn't put it down and read the entire thing in pretty much one sitting; all the while wishing I could tear myself away and savor the experience because I didn't want it to end too quickly. I guess I'll just have to read it again!

I'm so pleasantly surprised by Jermaine's candor and eloquence, that I feel silly for prejudging him to begin with. Shame on me; I pride myself on being open minded, yet I had literally judged this book by its cover and almost wrote it off as mere opportunism. Jermaine speaks lovingly about the early years, with candor about Michael personally, and with the venom and protectiveness any older sibling would naturally have for a younger sibling being railroaded by the masses. With all the 'King of Pop' hoopla, it's easy to forget Michael was just a human being, like the rest of us; he felt, loved, hurt, made mistakes, and yes -- even sang, danced, entertained, and made great music too. He was truly a special and unique man. Like Michael's children, Jermaine reminds us of Michael's earthly mortality.

Bottom Line: If you're a Michael fan of any age or magnitude; from bumbling fanatic to casual connoisseur, then you'll probably really enjoy this book. If you're a cynic or 'hater,' then I have to wonder why you're even here, reading this in the first place? I'm no Elvis fan, but I don't begrudge anyone who is, nor do I feel compelled to criticize others for it. I should be so lucky to have a brother like Jermaine; by contrast, my family figured out how to cut me out of what little inheritance my mother tried to leave me.

Thank you, Jermaine, for sharing so many intimate and personal memories with us. "You Are Not Alone" is the perfect title for this book, and so long as we have Michael's music, we'll never be without him. Michael was not only blessed with once in a lifetime talent, but a kind and big-hearted brother to match in Jermaine.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book only a brother could write! 18 septembre 2011
Par ronda k riensche - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I just finished reading this excellent book about Michael's life from a brother's point of view and couldn't hardly put it down! Full of wonderful insight and explanations from not only Jermaine's view, but I felt from the Jackson family itself. No wonder they have so many questions after Michael's passing! I do too! He takes you back to the beginning, middle and end of Michael's life as he experienced it and I was transfixed. Couldn't agree more with many things Jermaine brought up in this book and hope anyone who wants to know more about Michael will read it...the best book I've read so far about Michael in my estimation and I've read alot of them!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Well-written, but not much that is new 31 octobre 2011
Par Naimka - Publié sur Amazon.com
I picked up this book with some skepticism. I am not a JJ fan, because I do remember his scathing "Word to the Badd" diss song about MJ. I wondered if JJ wrote the book just to profit from MJ's death. And, I write this review with the following caveat: I have read a number of books authored by and about the Jacksons. So, a lot of information was not "new" to me. So, if you are a big MJ fan and have read a lot about him, not much here will be new to you either. There are a couple scintillating tidbits. I found the book to be well-written. Also on the "plus" side, I did enjoy reading about their childhood and the details about MJ's homelife at Hayvenhurst. On the "minus" or negative side, a lot of the details relating to Michael in his late career were not based on first-hand knowledge and were a rehash of things already in print. I do not think JJ and MJ were close in their later years, so this narrative cannot truly be "through a brother's eyes." I did appreciate Jermaine's candor about the breakup of the Jacksons and his career. Some of the passages rang "true" and were very touching, especially the last passage which showed how world-wide MJ's fame is. I also see that Jermaine treated Joseph with "kid" gloves, so to speak, and was not negative about him, which is a different take on the man from the account of others. It is apparent different siblings have different views of the their father. So, Jermaine's perspective provided a "balance" to Joseph. Or, maybe Jermaine is in denial about Joe's treatment of his children. Overall, I would rate it fair/good, and it is a quick read. I do not recommend you buy this book. Just borrow it from the library.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyed the journey 2 octobre 2011
Par Stephanie - Publié sur Amazon.com
I really enjoyed the journey of reading this book about Michael, and it is about HIM. Jermaine speaks a bit about his own life, but the book is truly focused on Michael. I am surprised by some who have said they didn't learn anything new, or that it seems Jermaine didn't really know Michael. This was a loving tribute from a brother, and it also helped shed some light on the last few months of Michael's life. The first half of the book, which is about their childhood and Michael's rise to fame, offers some wonderful anecdotes that I hadn't heard before. Plus, the way the book is written, it is a pleasure to read and the stories are woven into one big story that captures the epic nature of Michael's life. Michael and Jermaine were quite close as children and teens, so there is some perspective that other writers might not be able to give.

The second half of the book provides insight on Michael's dealings with Sony, the Chandler allegations and the trial. I appreciated the fact that Jermaine clearly communicated the truth of what happened in the Chandler and Arvizo incidents. Because of that, I really hope people beyond the fan base will read it.

I enjoyed this book to the point that I would like to personally thank Jermaine for writing it. I am so glad to finally have a biography that goes beyond the sensationalism of Taborelli. If anyone doubts how closely Jermaine "knew" Michael, then certainly he beats out Tarborelli!

Please, buy this book and read it. You will need some tissues, but you'll come away understanding Michael and his family better than before.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Gotta read between the lines for the truth 16 janvier 2013
Par wts - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
By page 300 or so, it was clear to this reader that Jermaine had lost access to his brother Michael, and was quite peripheral to Michael's private life. Indeed, the book reveals that the brothers mostly lost touch after the Victory tour. As such, this book has documentary value with regards to Michael's early life, but is neither authoritative enough nor accurate enough as far as MJ's later life is concerned.

The earlier part of the book goes into the brothers' childhood, but is really as much about Jermaine as it is about Michael. If we do see Michael through Jermaine's eyes, it is mostly as this little kid brother who trailed in his shadow and who was part of the family gang, whom he felt protective towards. Even at this close-knit stage, it appears that Jermaine did not have access to the innermost, imaginative world of Michael Jackson. Occasionally, we do get a rare glimpse into MJ's imaginative world, and we get to briefly see the brilliance and magic that is Michael Jackson revealed like shooting stars arching across the larger expanse of shared family life. But we have to sift through quite a lot of narrative before we find these precious anecdotes. Using them, we can only imagine what it was like for the unique, sensitive, imaginative, prodigious, magical and talented boy that was Michael Jackson, growing up with a harsh father and 8 siblings in a shabby, cramped shoebox of a house in Gary.

What Jermaine is at pains to do in this book is to situate Michael within the history of the Jackson family and later, Motown. He goes to great length to establish their father Joeseph's influence on Michael as a creative artist and a person. He also does this with Gordy Berry (who happens to be Jermaine's father-in-law) and with other figures like their private tutor Rose Fine. Though it is very true that all these people helped shape Michael Jackson, Jermaine's repeated emphasis makes it almost sound like Michael's success is solely the product of these other people. Too little credit is given to Michael's own genius and vision as an artist and a person, this, the boy who at age 13 was already insisting on getting creative control over his own music!! I wonder if such a view, that Michael owes all his talent and success to these other people who were there in his childhood, is a major reason why Michael Jackson distanced himself when he came of age. It must have been very frustrating, and if we read Michael's own autobiography, we see that he often expresses this frustration.

Jermaine himself quotes often from MJ's own autobiography, which makes his book rather repetitive. At significant moments, his interpretation of MJ and events differs from MJ's own interpretation of things. This happens with regards to the splitting of the 4 brothers from Motown, the Motown 25 show, and the Victory Tour. Jermaine contends that MJ was tricked into leaving Motown and that he wasn't reluctant to do Motown 25 and Victory. If we read MJ's own account however, Michael expressed his clear artistic frustration under Motown at this crucial period of his life when he was creatively coming into his own, and also stated clearly that he didn't really want to do those shows with his brothers at first. Such clashes in opinion (and action) continued to crop up after the Victory era, and point to an underlying tension between Jermaine and his brother, one that makes us wonder about Jermaine's claim to represent Michael, in life and in death.

As Jermaine's own narrative reveals, Michael always had an intensely private and unknowable side even from the youngest age. He kept his creative ideas inside his head, where he worked them out without letting on what he was about, and then he would unleash his full artistry on stage. Even as he choreographed and coached his brothers, he would perfect his dance steps practicing alone. Such was the case for the Motown 25 performance of Billie Jean, for example. Even in this close-knit family, Michael Jackson kept his innermost core of creativity apart. Though they shared his life and early triumphs, his was an imaginative world that the others could never fully access. It is this inner creative core of Michael Jackson, the source of his genius, magic and ambition, that we crave to catch a closer glimpse of. However, the inner magical core of MJ continually eludes Jermaine, who merely tries (a little too hard) to tie it down to their shared roots.

Jermaine tries hard to emphasize his care and concern about his brother, although he does so in an appropriating way. But his brother Michael appears quite secondary to Jermaine himself, who can be frequently found blowing his own trumpet throughout the book, dropping hints about his contacts and importance, and giving us details about his own romantic conquests and career, all of which are not of much interest to this reader. I didn't really want to read about Jermaine. What I wanted to know more about is the Michael Jackson who burst with such sheer brilliance and determination like a lone supernova onto the world stage. To be fair, Jermaine's portrayal does give us some important glimpses into the time before the mighty explosion, but starts to lose insight at the moment of explosion. Eventually, Jermaine lost access to his brother so much so that his account of MJ's latter years is not very informative.

Jermaine would have us believe that his family stood behind Michael all the time and that his death could have been prevented if they were still close to him. Though there might be some elements of truth in this assertion, I think that he fails to be honest about the reasons why MJ distanced himself from his family. The fact is that he and La Toya at various times betrayed Michael publicly, and that other members continually exerted their own selfish pressures and demands on MJ. Recall that Jermaine not only recorded the hurtful song "Word to the Badd", he also wrote an extremely vitriolic and defamatory book about Michael called "Legacy" in 2005, which was never published as Michael threatened (quite rightly) to throw him out of Havenhurst if he dared go ahead. In fact, I cannot help but think that Michael would have been alive if not for family members like Jermaine. Afterall, Jermaine was the one who suggested Michael go to Bahrain, where he became embroiled in business relationships which resulted in even more lawsuits. Jermaine was also responsible for introducing Tohme Tohme to Michael, a very dangerous person involved in fraud who came to control Michael's finances and who signed him up for the AEG concerts, and whom Michael tried to get rid of in his last days. If we all look at all these facts, we can see that Jermaine is, contrary to what he claims in his book, a rather unhelpful and quite harmful character in Michael's life. Today, Jermaine is one of the Jacksons who are challenging Michael's will and trying to get control of Michael's estate. This is a man who tried to get Michael's Estate to pay for his child support. Honestly, I think Jermaine's purported "love" for his "little brother" is a bunch of baloney.

Jermaine's dishonesty and hypocrisy aside, this book is somewhat useful for its documentary value on Michael's early life. In this capacity, it does supplement Michael's own autobiography "Moonwalker" with greater detail. Above and besides this however, the real worth of this book might well lie in what it fails to tell us, and what that failure suggests about Michael's great but ultimately lonely fate - that even his family failed to understand him or acknowledge his singularly unique status, how his talent drove him even as it set him apart, and the glory and the pain that he had to endure as Michael Jackson, the greatest star of them all.
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