Elise's Reviews > Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson

Man in the Music by Joseph Vogel
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Jun 26, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended for: Everyone

4.5 stars. It's refreshing to read a book that focuses solely on the music rather than Michael Jackson's personal life. There are too many books out there that don't cover the music at all or just gloss over it, especially the later albums. This book is very well organized. Each chapter covers each album chronologically starting with "Off the Wall" and ending with the posthumous album, "Michael." Each chapter starts off with an examination of the cultural climate at the time the album was released, as well as an introduction to the album and how it came into fruition. Then at the end of each chapter is an analysis of each song track by track. Also included are outakes of songs that didn't make it on the albums. There are also plenty of high quality photos throughout the book. I find this book an enjoyable read with plenty of interesting facts about the albums for fans and non-fans alike. There are also a few interesting tidbits that even hardcore fans may not know about.

This book is nearly close to perfect a book about the music I've read. It is of course not without a few flaws however. That is why I would give it 4.5 stars rather than 5. For example, I appreciated having a notes section that points out all the references of quotes from other books and research and personal interviews Vogel did. However, there were a few occasions where I read about a fact, but there was no reference as to where the fact came from, and I would have liked to have known. There are also a few instances of minor factual errors, and one instance of using a source whom isn't too reliable in his information on Michael Jackson. Many fans know this. But other than those points, which can mostly be overlooked, it is a well researched and pays great respect to the artistry of Michael Jackson.

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Reading Progress

June 26, 2011 – Shelved
October 20, 2011 – Started Reading
October 20, 2011 – Shelved as: non-fiction
October 20, 2011 –
page 5
October 21, 2011 –
page 16
5.0% "Dropping the others to read this for now. Got friends who want to know what I think of it."
October 22, 2011 –
page 48
October 23, 2011 –
page 68
October 24, 2011 –
page 100
October 25, 2011 –
page 132
October 26, 2011 –
page 143
October 27, 2011 –
page 164
October 28, 2011 –
page 192
October 29, 2011 –
page 202
October 30, 2011 –
page 227
October 31, 2011 –
page 258
November 1, 2011 – Finished Reading

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