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You Are Not Alone Michael
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Like that quote ‘It is too soon to say’, regularly attributed to the impact of the French Revolution, it feels too soon for a definitive study of Michael Jackson.
What this book, by elder brother Jermaine, does is to draw a line on what the family wants to say. The thing is that most of us grew up with Michael, and while we adored him for so long, there were many years when we desperately wanted to avert our eyes.
The early years in Gary, Indiana, joining Motown, followed by a roll call of stars, such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, is fascinating and well described in this ghost written tome. I had not known that Michael was a deeply committed Jehovah’s Witness. Surprised though that things you want to understand from the Jackson family perspective are skated over. Michael’s striking change of features and skin colour is barely discussed, certainly not analysed in any meaningful way.
The business of befriending a monkey is presented as ‘everyday.’ This attitude makes sense, when you later learn that Jermaine had a pet Bengali Tiger he would take on tour.
This is a book for the fan, one that believes that Michael could do no wrong. And to paraphrase the Motown mantra, the only thing that really matters ‘is what’s in the groove.’
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