Thriller by Nelson George
The Musical Life of Michael Jackson

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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 Motown’s Berry Gordy, who helped launch Jackson’s 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.
 

About Nelson George

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Nelson George is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written for Playboy, Billboard, Esquire, the Village Voice, Essence, and many other national magazines, as well as writing and producing television programs and feature films.
 
Published June 3, 2010 by Da Capo Press. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In 1983, writes noted music critic and memoirist George (City Kid: A Writer's Memoir of Ghetto Life and Post-Soul Success, 2009, etc.), “Dell published my first book, The Michael Jackson Story, a pocket-sized quickie biography of the singer” that capitalized on his unprecedented success.

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During a birthday party for the twins, Dima and Tamara surreptitiously slip Perry a note that reads: “Dmitri Vladimirovich Krasnov, the one they call Dima, European director of Arena Multi Global Trading Conglomerate of Nicosia, Cyprus, is willing negotiate through intermediary Professor Perry Ma...

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The New York Times

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Patrick Anderson surveys popular fiction and finds that murder and mayhem are thriving.

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The Guardian

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Political satire - at the expense of New Labour, with its apparent openness and insistence on meaningless apology - and class comedy count for as much as the thrill of the chase, and fun is had inserting a black protagonist into the previously pristine world of white upper-middles, where toffs an...

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BC Books

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On George’s 40th birthday, a group of his friends gather together to celebrate with the Grieves, a group that includes George’s globe-trotting brother, Billy (David Clayton Rogers), who may or may not have been invited to the celebration.

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The Washington Post

(Yes, someday in a frightening future, the Village People will save us all.) These are brave Americans who joke with each other before dangerous missions: “Don’t get killed!” They’re brought together in the heat of battle to take on a computer villain set on electrocuting, shooting, smashing, squ...

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The Washington Post

In prison, Henderson describes his marriage as “just a prelim, not the main event it should have been,” then adds, “a little over a year ago, the main bout suddenly came up.” Yes, he’s talking macho with an old friend, but he’s still demeaning the woman he loves, a woman who will soon be risking ...

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The Washington Post

“Dark Tide” (Harper Paperbacks), by Elizabeth Haynes Elizabeth Haynes follows her best-selling “Into the Darkest Corner” with another solid thriller.

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Huffington Post

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Mail Online

Nordic but nice: After The Killing and Borgen, the latest Nordic thriller is darkly comic and if you ignore the grimfest it’s almost a chick-flick PUBLISHED: 04:15 EST, 30 March 2012 |

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Mail Online

But it’s so much more than that: the production wonderfully evokes the late Seventies – the facial hair is particularly good – and it’s clear that the location-scouting team has a real eye for architecture of the era.But it’s Affleck (aided by having George Clooney and his frequent partner Grant...

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Media Matters

Before he could get his pants all the way off, she was reaching for him like a groupie with a rock star, pulling him to her bed, her body trembling, her breathing shallow, and a look in her eyes that said, You can do anything you want to me, but do it now.Jack did, with fierce intensity as she cl...

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Chicago Tribune

Michael Jackson is pop culture’s Rorshach text.

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