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Several years ago I bought this MJ book because I like the cover (tee-hee). I am just wondering if any of you have read this book and if you have what do you think of it?
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Pez Jax’s new book about Michael Jackson’s HIStory album which came out this year is getting a new look!

The book is now available in hardback, with extra pictures and all in GOLD!

The hardback is showing a golden HIStory Statue of Michael Jackson using a special metallic ink.

Sixteen11, the publishing company that offers very specific books about Michael Jackson also created a LIMITED EDITION BOX SET.

The Box set includes:

Ivory Coloured Box with Michael Jackson HIStory Statue Gold Foiled*
Signed copy of “The Story of HIStory” Hardback by Pez Jax
“MJ” logo ribbon
Bookmark
Extra Pictures
Limited to only 50 copies, all numbered.

http://sixteen11.com/product/limited-edition-the-story-of-history-hardback/

http://sixteen11.com/product/limited-edition-the-story-of-history-gold-box-set/
 

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The New book from Brice Najar just arrived and named “Book On The Dance Floor”.

This is a second volume of his first book called “Let’s Make HIStory” which was an interview compilation of some of the people who worked with Michael Jackson to create the album “HIStory”.

In “Book On The Dance Floor”, Najar carries on this format and while the subject is maybe not all about “Blood On The Dance Floor”, it is a continuation of “HIStory” but more in the Mix, including “GHOSTS”, The HIStory World Tour and of course “Blood On The Dance Floor” and some of the songs of the remix album!

Najar interviewed a dozen more people to include and complete the first instalment, the interviews are again raw and you will hear the stories as they were asked – Just like in “Let’s Make HIStory”.

From Laurent Hopman, co-creator of the famous French Fan Magazine “Black & White” to Darryl Phinnessee, back-up singer on all MJ tours, you will read their own stories guided by Najar’s questions.

Unlike “Let’s Make HIStory”, there is more analysis on some of the chapters including Najar’s personal views and experiences during the period 96/97.

The book is 180 pages long and all in French with cool pictures from Steven Paul Whitsitt and Christophe Boulme and easy to read in few hours.

MJvibe
 

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Several years ago I bought this MJ book because I like the cover (tee-hee). I am just wondering if any of you have read this book and if you have what do you think of it?
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I confess, I have not heard of this particular book. Hopefully, there will be someone on MJJC who has read it and can discuss it with you.
 

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NatureCriminal7896;4311634 said:
Pez Jax’s new book about Michael Jackson’s HIStory album which came out this year is getting a new look!

The book is now available in hardback, with extra pictures and all in GOLD!

The hardback is showing a golden HIStory Statue of Michael Jackson using a special metallic ink.

Sixteen11, the publishing company that offers very specific books about Michael Jackson also created a LIMITED EDITION BOX SET.

The Box set includes:

Ivory Coloured Box with Michael Jackson HIStory Statue Gold Foiled*
Signed copy of “The Story of HIStory” Hardback by Pez Jax
“MJ” logo ribbon
Bookmark
Extra Pictures
Limited to only 50 copies, all numbered.

http://sixteen11.com/product/limited-edition-the-story-of-history-hardback/

http://sixteen11.com/product/limited-edition-the-story-of-history-gold-box-set/

I'm wondering if anyone has bought Pez Jax's book.....I've read many positive comments about it, on twitter and Facebook.
 

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NatureCriminal7896;4312649 said:
The New book from Brice Najar just arrived and named “Book On The Dance Floor”.

This is a second volume of his first book called “Let’s Make HIStory” which was an interview compilation of some of the people who worked with Michael Jackson to create the album “HIStory”.

In “Book On The Dance Floor”, Najar carries on this format and while the subject is maybe not all about “Blood On The Dance Floor”, it is a continuation of “HIStory” but more in the Mix, including “GHOSTS”, The HIStory World Tour and of course “Blood On The Dance Floor” and some of the songs of the remix album!

Najar interviewed a dozen more people to include and complete the first instalment, the interviews are again raw and you will hear the stories as they were asked – Just like in “Let’s Make HIStory”.

From Laurent Hopman, co-creator of the famous French Fan Magazine “Black & White” to Darryl Phinnessee, back-up singer on all MJ tours, you will read their own stories guided by Najar’s questions.

Unlike “Let’s Make HIStory”, there is more analysis on some of the chapters including Najar’s personal views and experiences during the period 96/97.

The book is 180 pages long and all in French with cool pictures from Steven Paul Whitsitt and Christophe Boulme and easy to read in few hours.

MJvibe

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Interview with Brice Najar:

Hello Brice,

After several books on Michael Jackson, we would have thought that with your book Let's Make HIStory, you had a little around the question concerning the testimony of Michael Jackson's collaborators. Now, you come back once again with this time Book On The Dance Floor, a book dedicated to the album "Blood On The Dance Floor" released in 1997. Can you tell us how this project came to your mind?

Hello François!

In fact, on this "turn of the question", I had the feeling of having done it after each book and then, time does its work, the ideas come to mind and we say to ourselves at the time of refilling, "why not?!". For this new book, the idea came to me during my summer vacation two years ago. I live in Savoy so Switzerland is a fairly accessible destination for me. I took the opportunity to go to Montreux for the first time, outside the framework of its festival. I particularly enjoyed visiting The Queen's studio and Charlie Chaplin's house, which became museums. I then realized why these artists had come to recharge in this place, so soothing. Inevitably, I also had a thought for Michael who had come to work on the song "Blood On The Dance Floor" in this studio, not without going to visit the Chaplin family in his mansion. I thought it was interesting that he came to these places while the HIStory Tour was taking a break for a few months. The tranquility and beauty of Montreux inspired me to the point of wanting to write about it. And then I thought, why not write a book about this "Blood On The Dance Floor" album project. The subject is much broader than this stay in Montreux but the Swiss city was a click, the starting point of my reflection.

For many fans, "Blood On The Dance Floor" is not considered a true album but rather a mix of unreleased tracks, songs that appear in the feature film Ghosts and some surprises. Do you think it's a real album and how do you see it?

I have a special fondness for this record because, at the risk of repeating myself, this period HIStory remains for me the most beautiful. Of all my album purchases, this is the one I enjoyed the most because it accompanied the concert of the HIStory Tour that I was going to attend a few weeks later. Obviously, with only five tracks directed by Michael, we can't consider it an album in its own right. Still, I see it as a gift from MJ to his fans, as if he were opening his chest of unpublished for our greatest pleasure. It can then be perceived as something very positive, while its theme remains rather bleak. A fascinating and complex project as was Michael's personality. So I wanted to investigate this UFO, like an object apart in this rich discography. I find it more interesting to make a book on a subject that may look unexpected to many when we know that it is more "commercial" and agreed to deal with the umpteenth biographies.

How did you discover this album that came out of nowhere and what was your reaction to its first listen?

Like many French fans, I got the information with the number 21 of Black and White. That's why the world of this record is very much linked to the magazine in my mind. When I think about it, we were totally hovering at that time! So I was looking forward to this new record. The album was released on Wednesday, May 14, 1997, I was 18 years old for just one week. Big luck, and I never knew why, all my teachers were absent that day. So I was able to go buy the album in the morning and spend my day listening to it. I had recorded "Ghosts" a week earlier when it was on Canal, so I was totally in the mood but I was able to discover "Morphine" and "Superfly Sister". I did not really pay attention to the remixes but from the first listens of the five tracks, I was totally conquered by the concept. Michael had just climbed the steps of the Cannes Film Festival, he was going to start the second part of the tour while the press (that's the impression I had) had no negative comments at that time, unlike the release of HIStory. Frankly, the conditions were optimal to appreciate this release of Blood On The Dance Floor.

After Let's Make HIStory,the reader should definitely expect the same concept for Book On The Dance Floor. Can you tell us if the principle is the same or if it differs from the previous book?

The interview concept worked well for Let's Make HIStory. It was a great challenge for me at the time because before, I didn't have so many experiences in this field. Finally, I made my mark with the help of Laetitia, my partner, and I will continue to make as many as possible. Today, this function is part of my background, to the point of also publishing interviews for my website. So I wanted to do interviews for Book On The Dance Floor: the reader who expects some sort of sequel from the previous book would not have understood that I didn't. However, I missed writing chapters myself and I didn't want this interviewer label to take over from the author's label. The various chapters are sometimes raw interviews, sometimes written texts. So you'll find interviews with people who crossed paths with Michael Jackson, mixed with my personal memories. An original concept, I think.

From our point of view, Morphine is a song that stands out in this "album". It has absolutely nothing to do with all the songs of Michael Jackson andmoreover, it is autobiographical. Is a paragraph of your book dedicated to him and is it the same for every unreleased song on this album?

Yes, each song is entitled to one or more chapters, either in the form of an interview or a written text. Morphine deserved to be addressed in depth, to the point of being treated in a chapter including my feelings, my analysis of the song, not without having added two interviews with collaborators. I wrote all this in full confinement, listening to the song on a loop for several days, in a kind of isolation. I was aware that this was an important subject, and I think it was the chapter that required the most work. I don't know if the reader will feel this fact, but that's how I experienced it.

With this new book, have you been able to get in touch with new collaborators whose testimonials are not on Let's Make HIStory. Can you tell us who these collaborators are, how you contacted them and what their reactions were?

I saw Thomas Bohler in Montreux last summer. We had spent the day together before the Quincy Jones concert that evening. Symbolically, it was a few meters from Mountain Studios that I asked him if he would agree to write my preface. He is someone who has encouraged me since my beginnings and I wanted him to be for this task. He willingly agreed and we went directly to the studio door to pose together, as illustrated in the book.

About the interviews, of course, I wanted to contact employees who had not participated in Let's Make HIStory. As an example, I can say today, I regretted not being able to get in touch with the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis of Flyte Tyme Productions for the previous book. This firm having produced "Is It Scary" and "Scream Louder" (the only remix provided by the same team as the original version, so let me quote it!), I tried to contact one of its members. This time I succeeded with the participation of programmer Jeff Taylor. So he told me in detail about Michael's visit to Minneapolis with great enthusiasm. I am glad I was able to talk about it.

However, it was not necessarily musicians who participated this time. I was able to interview Kiera Chaplin to talk about Michael's visit to his family's mansion. One way of saying that this new book also deals with the human aspect and the atmosphere when the record was worked.

I like to keep a little suspense about the collaborators present in the book but I can still reveal that there is still a musician who offers a new interview and complements that of Let's Make HIStory. I couldn't help but contact Brad Buxer again, especially since he is ubiquitous throughout the book, so his role is important in this Blood project. I also took the opportunity to write about my relationship with him, as his trust and friendship touch me deeply.

The Blood On The Dance Floor years were the Black and White years, the famous French magazine dedicated to Michael Jackson. Can you explain your choice to have contacted Laurent Hopman and Christophe Boulmé for your new book?

It was an extraordinary time and I am sure the magazine contributed to all of this. It was a pleasure to read Black and White, especially with an upcoming tour and a busy news. We didn't realize it at the time, but it was the last quality promotion for a Michael album! That's why I wanted to address all of this in the book. The best way to do this was to contact the former members of his team that are Christophe and Laurent. I am quite proud to see their names involved in my project because if I had been told that at the time, I would never have believed it. During many chapters, I take the time to explain my choices and the direction I wanted to take, it is in this context that I tell my own memories. So I pay tribute to this French team who have experienced extraordinary things. I have tried to do this many times but, sincerely, it is this book that offers the most successful result. About Laurent, he was the first person I contacted. We were able to approach the album and its behind-the-scenes and offer a different testimony than a musician. For his part, Christophe was already very busy with his own book. So I'm grateful to him for taking his time for mine. It allowed me to approach the world of Ghosts which is, in my opinion, inseparable from Blood On The Dance Floor. I also thank him for opening his archives for opening his archives and for letting me have some never-before-seen photos of the HIStory Tour.

About the photos, can you tell us more? Will there be only topics related to the album Blood On The Dance Floor or will there be other things? In addition to Christophe's photos, you can discover photos of Steven Paul Whitsitt. He asked me to help him choose the photos that would be presented at MJ MusicDay in Lyon. In this selection, I noticed some clichés and I'm glad I had his consent to use them in the book. This is how I chose the cover, as well as many portraits that will be visible in the full page. There will also be photos offered by participants as was the case for Let's Make HIStory. However, the presentation of Book On The Dance Floor is intended to be more ambitious and accomplished in this area. It is far from my first book 7 years ago in which it was impossible for me to have photos available ... (laughs...)

In terms of topics related to Blood, there will of course be Ghosts, not to mention the HIStory Tour. That's why I wanted to do an interview with one of the protagonists present on the three solo tours and thus approach Michael Jackson as a stage artist. I don't like to reveal too many things but I also wanted to talk about my concert in Lyon. So I did a review, 23 years later, to immortalize all this. I tell myself that those who have been so lucky like me will be able to relive the moment. For those who did not go to the concert, I wanted to share this emotion. I was able to document all this and I thank my friend Cédric Michon for giving me his pictures taken during the concert. For the record, I also added my photo with Brad Buxer and Michael Prince at the Gerland Stadium last year, like a pilgrimage.

The cover of the book was created by Nicolas Keller of ActarusProd, as well as the layout. Can you tell us more about him?

Nicolas' work has been numerous in our community of fans in recent years. So I knew everything was going to roll when he did the layout of Let's Make HIStory. He is a professional, but also a fan and this allows him to know exactly what you want for the layout of a book related to the King of Pop. It's a huge time saver, because you can find a good graphic designer, but that doesn't mean he'll understand your vision as a person outside the Jackson world. For Book On The Dance Floor, I had every reason to contact him again. As said above, when you can use pictures of two MJ photographers, you know you have to set the bar very high and I didn't need to tell Nicolas. He was totally invested, wanting to immerse himself in the world of the album. It was reassuring to know I could count on him. Especially since he was very available: I must admit that I asked him for many modifications and corrections and he always answered present.

we know how essential your books are to anyone who really wants to know the behind-the-scenes recordings of Michael Jackson's songs, and we thank you for this interview. Would you like to talk to the fans who read these few lines and who might still hesitate to buy Book On The Dance Floor?

If you liked Let's Make HIStory, you won't be disappointed with this new book. Unpublished interviews with collaborators will be available. I also put a part of myself and each fan will be able to identify with these lines. I mentioned the preface of Tom Bohler above and I would also like to talk about The afterword by Matt Forger. I've wanted to work with him for years and it's finally done. He offers a very detailed text on his collaboration with Michael during the Blood project. It addresses many human and technical aspects, and without it my book would not have been as successful. I am proud to have the support of many collaborators who have understood my approach. I realize that I could never have done all this on my own and as my network grew, I was able to offer a much richer result. It is a combination of circumstances linked to several years of work and a companion, also a fan, who supports me in my passion. Book On The Dance Floor is the result of 7 years of approaching Michael as an author, through books, articles and a website. Some people have advised me not to publish it in the midst of the Covid crisis. I told them that it's right now that fans want to change their minds. Some were surprised by my subject, I told them that they did not suspect everything that 1997 represents for Michael. This book will not leave you indifferent, and I would add a conclusion inspired by a quote from Kennedy: Don't ask yourself what the Estate can do for you, ask yourself what you could do to perpetuate Michael Jackson's legacy...

Thanks to Brice Najar for giving us this interview.
 

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A NEW MJ BOOK written by a loving fan is being released as we speak:

“You're my fairy tale, Michael.” “Oooh,” said Michael, and he brushed my cheek with his hand, making me flutter. This was the moment, under a starry sky in Las Vegas, when Talitha Linehan told Michael Jackson how she’d viewed him since childhood, not just as a man but as a magical being. It was a perception that never wavered, throughout hundreds of encounters she had with him over more than a decade, in public and in private, at venues and hotels across the world, inside his most famous home, Neverland Valley, and inside his final home, in Los Angeles. In this deeply personal memoir, Talitha recalls a journey that began when she discovered Michael, while growing up in the Irish countryside, and that ended when she last spoke to him, at a rehearsal studio in LA, on the last night of his life. By drawing on diary entries, she reveals the joy and heartache of loving and losing the most famous star on the planet, and a man she simply loves with all her heart.

Contact: Website: https://www.michaeljacksonandme.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Jackson-and-me-100532455314968
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjandmememoir

Marketing: Darina Ahern, michaeljacksonandtalitha@gmail.com

January 2021 – The release of the memoir A real-life fairy tale: Michael Jackson and me by Talitha Linehan Pages: 285; includes never-before-published photographs of Michael Jackson

Price on Amazon USA - Paperback: $19.99; eBook: $9.99 ISBN - Paperback: 978-1-7360246-0-7; eBook: 978-1-7360246-8-3

The book is available to purchase on Amazon, as a paperback and an eBook, and will become available on other platforms over the coming weeks. Please visit https://www.michaeljacksonandme.com

For more information and to request a copy for review. ###

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Aileen Medalla is a young and strong-willed woman living and trying to find a job as a foreigner in the Kingdom of Bahrain. But after several months of job hunting and zero calls, she was ready to give up, call it quits, and return to the Philippines… until she received a mysterious call for a job interview.Aileen invites you to join her as she provides a glimpse of the private world of the one and only King of Pop, Mr. Michael Jackson. Being one of the few who had unrestricted access to his undisclosed circle, she chronicles how he was as a father, boss, and a regular person. This book aims to open hearts and eyes about the true Michael Jackson. What you read and hear about Michael Jackson may not always be true. His persona looms larger than the controversies and accusations. A living witness to the inherent kindness of the King, Aileen Medalla wistfully shares her personal story with Michael and his children, of ordinary moments which unveiled the real persona of her famous boss, having known and been with the Jacksons for three good years. A story of HOPE, FAITH, and GRATITUDE, this is the story of Aileen Medalla and her journey around the world with the King of Pop Mr. Michael Jackson across continents in Europe, US, and Asia.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08RH7WNRC
 

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Mikky Dee;4314849 said:
A NEW MJ BOOK written by a loving fan is being released as we speak:

“You're my fairy tale, Michael.” “Oooh,” said Michael, and he brushed my cheek with his hand, making me flutter. This was the moment, under a starry sky in Las Vegas, when Talitha Linehan told Michael Jackson how she’d viewed him since childhood, not just as a man but as a magical being. It was a perception that never wavered, throughout hundreds of encounters she had with him over more than a decade, in public and in private, at venues and hotels across the world, inside his most famous home, Neverland Valley, and inside his final home, in Los Angeles. In this deeply personal memoir, Talitha recalls a journey that began when she discovered Michael, while growing up in the Irish countryside, and that ended when she last spoke to him, at a rehearsal studio in LA, on the last night of his life. By drawing on diary entries, she reveals the joy and heartache of loving and losing the most famous star on the planet, and a man she simply loves with all her heart.

Contact: Website: https://www.michaeljacksonandme.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Jackson-and-me-100532455314968
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjandmememoir

Marketing: Darina Ahern, michaeljacksonandtalitha@gmail.com

January 2021 – The release of the memoir A real-life fairy tale: Michael Jackson and me by Talitha Linehan Pages: 285; includes never-before-published photographs of Michael Jackson

Price on Amazon USA - Paperback: $19.99; eBook: $9.99 ISBN - Paperback: 978-1-7360246-0-7; eBook: 978-1-7360246-8-3

The book is available to purchase on Amazon, as a paperback and an eBook, and will become available on other platforms over the coming weeks. Please visit https://www.michaeljacksonandme.com

For more information and to request a copy for review. ###

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i wanna get this book
 

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I remember him talking about the book to Glenda Stein on the phone. Whether or not you believe the tapes are real is one thing, but going on what was heard I remember him saying something about initially not wanting her to read his book in case it changed her feelings for him. He truly wanted no pity, just some empathy.
 

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Michael Jackson: The Real Story: An Intimate Look Into Michael Jackson's Visionary Business and Human Side By Dieter Wiesner & Yusuf Jah

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Michael's former manager, Dieter Wiesner, has written his account about his time spent with The King of Pop. It isn't a bad read and Mr. Wiesner shows nothing but love for Michael and his memories.

I just finished this book and was rather pleased. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to get this book or not, but now I'm happy that I did. A quick read, 290 pages. It reads at a fast pace, it bounces from Mr. Wiesner trying to sell the "Mrystery" drink on the HIStory tour to him being Michael's manager just like that. Mr. Wiesner also included many personal photographs from his time with Michael that are sure to please many fans!

Anyone else read this book? Thoughts?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0874KYJWJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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Mikky Dee;4314849 said:
A NEW MJ BOOK written by a loving fan is being released as we speak:

“You're my fairy tale, Michael.” “Oooh,” said Michael, and he brushed my cheek with his hand, making me flutter. This was the moment, under a starry sky in Las Vegas, when Talitha Linehan told Michael Jackson how she’d viewed him since childhood, not just as a man but as a magical being. It was a perception that never wavered, throughout hundreds of encounters she had with him over more than a decade, in public and in private, at venues and hotels across the world, inside his most famous home, Neverland Valley, and inside his final home, in Los Angeles. In this deeply personal memoir, Talitha recalls a journey that began when she discovered Michael, while growing up in the Irish countryside, and that ended when she last spoke to him, at a rehearsal studio in LA, on the last night of his life. By drawing on diary entries, she reveals the joy and heartache of loving and losing the most famous star on the planet, and a man she simply loves with all her heart.

Contact: Website: https://www.michaeljacksonandme.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Jackson-and-me-100532455314968
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjandmememoir

Marketing: Darina Ahern, michaeljacksonandtalitha@gmail.com

January 2021 – The release of the memoir A real-life fairy tale: Michael Jackson and me by Talitha Linehan Pages: 285; includes never-before-published photographs of Michael Jackson

Price on Amazon USA - Paperback: $19.99; eBook: $9.99 ISBN - Paperback: 978-1-7360246-0-7; eBook: 978-1-7360246-8-3

The book is available to purchase on Amazon, as a paperback and an eBook, and will become available on other platforms over the coming weeks. Please visit https://www.michaeljacksonandme.com

For more information and to request a copy for review. ###

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https://www.facebook.com/100532455314968/posts/114238453944368/

Interview with talitha on Irish radio this morning
 

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Michael Jackson: The Real Story: An Intimate Look Into Michael Jackson's Visionary Business and Human Side By Dieter Wiesner & Yusuf Jah

51hl1kT7YeL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg


Michael's former manager, Dieter Wiesner, has written his account about his time spent with The King of Pop. It isn't a bad read and Mr. Wiesner shows nothing but love for Michael and his memories.

I just finished this book and was rather pleased. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to get this book or not, but now I'm happy that I did. A quick read, 290 pages. It reads at a fast pace, it bounces from Mr. Wiesner trying to sell the "Mrystery" drink on the HIStory tour to him being Michael's manager just like that. Mr. Wiesner also included many personal photographs from his time with Michael that are sure to please many fans!

Anyone else read this book? Thoughts?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0874KYJWJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It looks interesting. I'm especially pleased that Michael's "visionary business and human side" is mentioned on the front cover.
 

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I seen this book at Barnes and Noble and just want everyone's honest opinion on this book.
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Mikky Dee;4314849 said:
A NEW MJ BOOK written by a loving fan is being released as we speak:

“You're my fairy tale, Michael.” “Oooh,” said Michael, and he brushed my cheek with his hand, making me flutter. This was the moment, under a starry sky in Las Vegas, when Talitha Linehan told Michael Jackson how she’d viewed him since childhood, not just as a man but as a magical being. It was a perception that never wavered, throughout hundreds of encounters she had with him over more than a decade, in public and in private, at venues and hotels across the world, inside his most famous home, Neverland Valley, and inside his final home, in Los Angeles. In this deeply personal memoir, Talitha recalls a journey that began when she discovered Michael, while growing up in the Irish countryside, and that ended when she last spoke to him, at a rehearsal studio in LA, on the last night of his life. By drawing on diary entries, she reveals the joy and heartache of loving and losing the most famous star on the planet, and a man she simply loves with all her heart.

Contact: Website: https://www.michaeljacksonandme.com

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Jackson-and-me-100532455314968
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjandmememoir

Marketing: Darina Ahern, michaeljacksonandtalitha@gmail.com

January 2021 – The release of the memoir A real-life fairy tale: Michael Jackson and me by Talitha Linehan Pages: 285; includes never-before-published photographs of Michael Jackson

Price on Amazon USA - Paperback: $19.99; eBook: $9.99 ISBN - Paperback: 978-1-7360246-0-7; eBook: 978-1-7360246-8-3

The book is available to purchase on Amazon, as a paperback and an eBook, and will become available on other platforms over the coming weeks. Please visit https://www.michaeljacksonandme.com

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Aileen Medalla is a young and strong-willed woman living and trying to find a job as a foreigner in the Kingdom of Bahrain. But after several months of job hunting and zero calls, she was ready to give up, call it quits, and return to the Philippines… until she received a mysterious call for a job interview.Aileen invites you to join her as she provides a glimpse of the private world of the one and only King of Pop, Mr. Michael Jackson. Being one of the few who had unrestricted access to his undisclosed circle, she chronicles how he was as a father, boss, and a regular person. This book aims to open hearts and eyes about the true Michael Jackson. What you read and hear about Michael Jackson may not always be true. His persona looms larger than the controversies and accusations. A living witness to the inherent kindness of the King, Aileen Medalla wistfully shares her personal story with Michael and his children, of ordinary moments which unveiled the real persona of her famous boss, having known and been with the Jacksons for three good years. A story of HOPE, FAITH, and GRATITUDE, this is the story of Aileen Medalla and her journey around the world with the King of Pop Mr. Michael Jackson across continents in Europe, US, and Asia.

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The King of Pop and I: An experience of a lifetime!
Rating: 5/5

Ms. Aileen Medalla, a Filipino teacher, shares her experiences as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), most especially about an experience so unique—the life-changing opportunity to work for Michael Jackson.

Little was known about Ms. Aileen in the MJ fan community, mainly because she chose to stay away from the public eye. So, when she announced that she has written a book about her time with the Jackson family, she was met with some skepticism.

Let me reiterate that this book DOES NOT, in any way, violate the privacy of Michael Jackson and his children. It was written with the utmost respect for the family. I also appreciate the fact that Ms. Aileen had no intentions of sharing her story had it not been for salacious fake documentaries and tabloid narratives made against Michael Jackson.

There are no controversies, no tabloid rumors, no innuendos, and no embellishments in this book. It mainly focuses on Ms. Aileen’s journey as an OFW and her first-hand experiences with the Jackson family. This is a book about immense gratitude.

As the homeschool teacher of the Jackson kids, Ms. Aileen offers a unique and fresh perspective into MJ’s life. Away from the spotlight, Michael was shy and quiet, humble, giving, and thoughtful. A man who enjoyed the simple things in life like popcorn with Tabasco, a doting father who valued his children’s education and manners, and a very appreciative boss who would sometimes cook for his staff.

This was such a joy to read! It was lighthearted, touching, and full of endearing memories about MJ and his children. The book concept is just like a travel journal, peppered with wonderful illustrations and souvenirs like notes and gifts from Michael and the kids, travel photos, tickets, and even airplane boarding passes that Ms. Aileen kept—it made me feel as if I was right there with her, experiencing the world along with the Jackson family. One of my favorites was a note from MJ, apologizing about his kids not having showered before classes started one particular day. I love it! It’s really the little things that reveal a person’s true nature.

Throughout their travels, Michael made sure that Ms. Aileen was able to enrich her experience too and would encourage her to explore the place. From her account of how MJ treated her, I got the sense that MJ kind of took her under his wing. Ms. Aileen talks of how she stayed where the family stayed, and how she ate the same food they ate. She was treated like family. While reading the book, I can definitely feel the mutual love and appreciation that Ms. Aileen and the Jackson family have for each other.

As Ms. Aileen mentioned, OFWs face many challenges and many sacrifices in search for better opportunities abroad—a gamble they willingly take for their families. As a fellow Filipina, I am very proud of Ms. Aileen’s accomplishments. And as an MJ fan, I am very thankful to her for her loyalty and for speaking up for Michael.

Ms. Aileen met her boss at a time in his life when he was recovering from the trauma of enduring a farcical trial. MJ did not let that experience change the way he treated people. He always chose kindness which definitely speaks to the kind of person that he truly was. Without a doubt, this book made me love Michael even more.

My takeaway: Sometimes, all we need in life is to be given a chance. And when you are given this chance and you are showered with kindness, encouragement, and appreciation, it inspires you to be a better person. There really is no better way to repay the kindness but to pay it forward.

I highly recommend this book! You will smile, you will laugh, you will cry a bit, but most of all, you will love Michael 3000!

Reviewed by Melissa Peralta
Michael Jackson Book Club Member

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Anyone read this one and want to share interesting things from it? Referring to Michael JAckson and me - Talitha's book
 

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Anyone read this one and want to share interesting things from it? Referring to Michael JAckson and me - Talitha's book

I haven't read it myself, yet, but I intend to. I am hearing nothing but good, positive reports about the book - apparently, it holds many interesting and insightful anecdotes that fans have not heard before and there are a lot of new, previously unreleased images in the book which are from Talitha's private collection.
 
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