Man in the Music by Joseph Vogel
The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson

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"Joseph Vogel has brilliantly cracked the DNA, the code of the work, the artistry of Michael Joseph Jackson. This is the book I have been long awaiting -- a pointed, intelligent dissection of an epic body of work."  -Spike Lee
Over his four decades in the public spotlight, Michael Jackson dazzled audiences, broke down barriers, and transformed popular music. Yet his brilliance as an artist has often been overshadowed by the tabloid frenzy that surrounded his unusual life. Now author Joseph Vogel returns to to the albums, songs and videos that made the King of Pop a cultural force in the first place. From Off the Wall and Thriller, to Bad, Dangerous, HIStory and beyond, Vogel takes us deep inside Jackson's vast musical catalog. Each song is carefully considered, from well-known classics like "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" to lesser-known standouts like "Stranger in Moscow" and "Who Is It."

Meticulously researched and documented, Man in the Music draws on hundreds of sources, including news archives, reviews, Jackson's own words, and interviews with key collaborators. With each chapter, Vogel takes the reader back in time, placing the music in its social and historical context, discussing its relation to Jackson's personal life, and revealing never-before-heard stories from the studio. Featuring a foreword by Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis and a wealth of color photos, this unique book provides the first comprehensive assessment of the "man in the music."

About Joseph Vogel

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JOSEPH VOGEL is the author of three books, including Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson. He writes about popular music and culture for The Huffington Post ( and PopMatters ( .Vogel has written several exclusive pieces on Michael Jackson, including the first US review of the posthumous album, Michael, and the groundbreaking monograph, Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus. He currently resides in New York where he is a doctoral candidate and instructor at the University of Rochester.
Published November 1, 2011 by Sterling. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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“ ‘Man in the Mirror’ stands with classics such as John Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Goin’ On,” and the Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ as one of the great social anthems of the modern age.” By the time readers reach this statement—“HIStory makes a strong case for being Jackson’s magnum opus—an...

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Chapter by chapter and literally song by song, he discusses Jackson's albums, videos, dances, cinematic influences, musical heroes, idiosyncrasies, and artistic transformations from the inception of Off the Wall, Jackson's 1979 solo debut, through 2001's Invincible, his last studio album.

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In the weeks, months and now years since the music icon's death, news consumers across the globe have been inundated with examinations of Jackson's life.

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