#12DaysOfClinkStreet #Review ~ Making Michael by @mikesmallcombe1 @gilbster1000 @AuthorightUKPR

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again for #12DaysOfClinkStreet ! I have two posts for it this time, first up, something a bit different for me .. Michael Jackson .. what an interesting book 🙂 x

Making Michael: Inside the Career of Michael Jackson

Making Michael delves deep inside the career of one of the most successful, enigmatic and controversial entertainers of all time: Michael Jackson. Side-stepping sensationalism, journalist Mike Smallcombe enters uncharted territory as he takes you behind the scenes to reveal the real Jackson, a man few people ever got to know. Interviewing over sixty of Jackson’s associates including managers, lawyers, music executives, producers, musicians and engineers – many of whom are speaking about their experiences publicly for the first time – he provides exclusive access to one of the biggest-selling recording artists in history. Featuring a foreword by Matt Forger, one of Jackson’s longest serving and most loyal collaborators, Making Michael takes readers into the studio with the King of Pop, charting the creation of record-breaking albums including Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory and the twists and turns that occurred along the way. Untold stories, revelations and secrets finally see the light of day as Jackson’s career outside the studio is also examined. Smallcombe remains objective and doesn’t shy away from exploring the fall outs, Jackson’s relentless pursuit of perfectionism and a cutthroat shrewdness and competitiveness few knew existed.

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About the Author

Mike Smallcombe studied English Language at the University of Exeter before moving to London, where he trained as a journalist with the Press Association. He currently works for Devon and Cornwall Media.

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My Review

I think Michael Jackson has always been a part of my life to some degree, as a child I recall dancing with my siblings when he was that ‘irritating caterwauling kid’ on Top of the Pops! I confess I didn’t like or appreciate him at that point. But as he and I matured and we got to the Thriller or Bad era then I was hooked. 

Now I am a bit of a music junkie and have seen more bands/musicians/gigs than I can possibly count but sadly Michael isn’t one of them. Perhaps it is fitting though that when news of his death broke in June 2009 I was at the greatest music festival on earth, Glastonbury, and you can imagine how word flew around the site, it couldn’t possibly be true could it!?

So I went into Making Michael with many preconceived ideas, thought I knew this icon pretty well but there is so much more to learn. The book is broken into sections with an incredible amount of detail. While there has certainly been plenty of controversy around Michael’s life, family, children etc the whole of this is written with sensitivity and unbiased. This can’t have been easy for the author when so many folk have varying opinions on the guy.

Whether you are a die hard fan or just someone picking this up out of curiosity I can assure you there is ample content to keep you flicking through the pages and entertained. I found myself nodding in agreement or shaking my head and saying ‘REALLY’. The info about all the music is staggering. When it got to the inevitable part where Michael passes on I did stop and ask myself whether he had a happy life.

A really well produced book. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel at Authoright for including me on this tour.

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