Now that the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has passed at the age of 50, many people will want to find out more about the unique, controversial, sometimes creepy, alleged pedophile, and master of music.
I’d be willing to bet there are books on the presses even as I write this within hours of Michael Jackson’s death, but until those come hot off the press, there are a few good books from which you can glean information about Michael Jackson, many written by those who knew him best.
After reading about his life, family, and passion for music perhaps you can make an informed decision about the man. There is no question of the profound influence of his music. It is his life in the shadow of fame and even darker shadows cast by allegations of child sexual abuse that can be examined, and , perhaps in the process, we can learn something more about the human condition, the causes of aberrant behavior, and how to better reach those caught up in fame and success to save them from themselves.
One of the most popular chronicles of the life of Michael Jackson is Michael Jackson: For the Record, written by Chris Cadman and Craig Halstead. This book offers objective, complete coverage of the life of Michael Jackson from the time he stepped on stage at the age of four through his last number one hit in 1995. This is the best book on the market that offers a complete biography. It is currently available in hardcover at Amazon.com, new and used from $23 to $28.
In April 2005, Jel D. Lewis Jones released Michael Jackson, the King of Pop: The Big Picture–The Music! The Man! The Legend! The Interviews: An Anthology. This is the book of choice for you if you are a decided Michael Jackson fan. This book leans heavily in favor of Michael Jackson, the purity of his heart, and his love of music and humanity. This reads like a commissioned book. As a historian, it isn’t easy to read the story of Michael Jackson’s life from such a stilted perspective. The book does include extensive song lyrics and photographs. All-in-all, it is a magnanimous read that is likely to become a collector’s item (Amazon.com, $10 – $29.95).
If you want to read about Michael Jackson from the perspective of a true-crime writer, check out Michael Jackson Conspiracy, by Aphrodite Jones, released June 2007. You may be surprised at the evidence and conclusions which Aphrodite Jones brings to the work. Aphrodite brings the reader into the courtroom during the Jackson trial and reveals facts and information that were never made available by the mainstream media (Barnes and Noble, $12.96 – $29.95).