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A book review of Making Michael: Inside the Career of Michael Jackson by Mike Smallcombe

A book review of Making Michael: Inside the Career of Michael Jackson by Mike Smallcombe

Stars: *****

Clink Street Publishing (2016)
450 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: 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.

Making Michael

This is a very thorough biography of Michael Jackson from his birth to his death and a little beyond. I thought I knew a lot about Michael Jackson but I was wrong. I learned A LOT and I was very impressed with the detail the author gave. He did this by interviewing 65 different people that knew Michael. He used this along with written accounts from newspapers and magazines, court transcripts and web interviews.

I remember the negative events in his life from the news (sexual abuse allegations) but I only had a brief understanding of the events. This book cleared that all up and now I know all the details available. I learned Michael had Lupus and many accidents that caused even more pain.

I’m listening to a Michael Jackson playlist while I write this review and I listened to some while I read it too. It made me realize I used to listen to his music a lot and I haven’t been much lately. I love his music.

This is the best biography I’ve ever read. This just goes to show you can find gems in self published books. This is why I review them, to help them get noticed.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.