Sunset Driver, Midnight Rider
- Mar 8, 2016
Ok I completed the Randall Sullivan book. It is basically a compilation of every tabloid article on Michael along with some facts thrown in. This guy seems to have had multiple inside sources (Marc Schaffel, Dieter, Tohme, Katherine Jackson's lawyers) and still somehow manages to present a uniform tabloidish version of facts, many of which are easily disprovable if he'd done some research or been fair (eg: Michael being booed at 2006 WMAs). The only new things that I learned from the book (with a bucket of salt) were to do with the happenings in Hayvenhurst and Michael's children post his passing. The author squeezes in the entire 80s in 2 chapters. Rest of the book is about the allegations, trial, Michael's insane spending habits and a good % of the book is devoted to happenings after 2009.
The Jackson family comes across badly (I'd forgotten how venal they were), including Katherine - who is enabler in chief. Made me real sad to read about what PPB have had to go through. More than anything, I'm deeply, deeply sad that the people enjoying the fruits of Michael's lifelong hard work are Branca and McClain and assorted law firms and lawyers. Both seem to be making a killing. How sad that Michael never got to enjoy a retirement, watch his kids grow up, spend his hard earned money how he wanted, doing things he wanted. Sigh.
The author does a good job painting Tohme very differently and in way better light than I think of him. The power of the written word means that I feel like re-evaluating my opinion on Tohme even while being fully conscious of the manipulation and my low opinion of the author. Imagine reading nothing but the worst filth about yourself for 3 decades and still being able to be one of the most loved people on the planet! Michael's talent, charisma and staying power is truly legendary. No one else could've withstood even 10% of it. Though, let me not say this cos who knows where LN, LN2 and other bullshit will take us. If you can't yet tell, yeah, the book got me down.
Thank you so much for your review of this book. I never intended to buy it or read it, however your opinion of it has served to reinforce my decision further.