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Moonwalk

Format:  Hardcover,

300 pages

Edition: Re-Issued

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Oct 2009

ISBN-13: 9780307716989

ISBN-10: 0307716988

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The #1 "New York Times" bestseller Michael Jackson's one and only autobiography - "his "life, in "his "words.
With original Foreword by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a new Introduction by Motown founder Berry Gordy, and an Afterword by Michael Jackson's editor and publisher, Shaye Areheart.
"I've always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul. I'd like to sit by a fire and tell people stories - make them see pictures, make them cry and laugh, take them "anywhere" emotionally with something as deceptively simple as words. I'd like to tell tales to move their souls and transform them. I've always wanted to be able to do that. Imagine how the great writers must feel, knowing they have that power. I sometimes feel I "could "do it. It's something I'd like to develop. In a way, songwriting uses the same skills, creates the emotional highs and lows, but the story is a sketch. It's quicksilver. There are very few books written on the art of storytelling, how to grip listeners, how to get a group of people together and amuse them. No costumes, no makeup, no nothing, just you and your voice, and your powerful ability to take them anywhere, to transform their lives, if only for minutes." -Michael Jackson, in "Moonwalk
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From the 1988 edition:
Megastar Michael Jackson's singularly brilliant career and intensely private lifestyle have become a magnificent obsession for millions of rock fans and celebrity watchers throughout the world. His double-platinum singles rocket to the top of the music charts with a velocity equaled only by the inevitable accompaniment of wild rumors about his eccentric personal life. Now for the first time, Michael Jackson breaks the fiercely guarded barrier of silence that has surrounded him in a remarkably candid and courageous book -- "Moonwalk."
In this intimate and often moving personal account of Michael Jackson's public and private life, he recalls a childhood that was both harsh and joyful but always formidable. Michael and his brothers played amateur music shows and seamy Chicago strip joints until Motown's corporate image makers turned the Jackson 5 into worldwide superstars. Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 have combined sales of over 200 million albums. He talks about the happy prankster days of his youth, traveling with his brothers, and of his sometimes difficult relationships with his family over the years. He speaks candidly about the inspiration behind his music, his mesmerizing dance moves, and the compulsive drive to create that has made him one of the biggest stars in the music business and a legend in his own time. "The Guinness Book of World Records" lists "Thriller" as the biggest-selling-album of all time.
In "Moonwalk," Michael Jackson shares his personal feelings about some of his most public friends...friends like Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Katharine Hepburn. He talks openly about the crushing isolation of his fame, of his first love, of his plastic surgery, and of his wholly exceptional career and the often bizarre and unfair rumors that have surrounded it.
Illustrated with rare photographs from Jackson family albums and Michael's personal photographic archives, as well as a drawing done by Michael exclusively for this book, "Moonwalk" is a memorable journey to the very heart and soul of a modern musical genius.

Specifications

Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Oct 2009
ISBN-13: 9780307716989
ISBN-10: 0307716988
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 300
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0

Book description

The #1 New York Times bestseller! Michael Jackson’s one and only autobiography – his life, in his words.

With original Foreword by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a new Introduction by Motown founder Berry Gordy, and an Afterword by Michael Jackson’s editor and publisher, Shaye Areheart.

“I’ve always wanted to be able to tell stories, you know, stories that came from my soul. I’d like to sit by a fire and tell people stories – make them see pictures, make them cry and laugh, take them anywhere emotionally with something as deceptively simple as words. I’d like to tell tales to move their souls and transform them. I’ve always wanted to be able to do that. Imagine how the great writers must feel, knowing they have that power. I sometimes feel I could do it. It’s something I’d like to develop. In a way, songwriting uses the same skills, creates the emotional highs and lows, but the story is a sketch. It’s quicksilver. There are very few books written on the art of storytelling, how to grip listeners, how to get a group of people together and amuse them. No costumes, no makeup, no nothing, just you and your voice, and your powerful ability to take them anywhere, to transform their lives, if only for minutes.” –Michael Jackson, in Moonwalk

From the 1988 edition:

Megastar Michael Jackson’s singularly brilliant career and intensely private lifestyle have become a magnificent obsession for millions of rock fans and celebrity watchers throughout the world. His double-platinum singles rocket to the top of the music charts with a velocity equaled only by the inevitable accompaniment of wild rumors about his eccentric personal life. Now for the first time, Michael Jackson breaks the fiercely guarded barrier of silence that has surrounded him in a remarkably candid and courageous book — Moonwalk.

In this intimate and often moving personal account of Michael Jackson’s public and private life, he recalls a childhood that was both harsh and joyful but always formidable. Michael and his brothers played amateur music shows and seamy Chicago strip joints until Motown’s corporate image makers turned the Jackson 5 into worldwide superstars. Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 have combined sales of over 200 million albums. He talks about the happy prankster days of his youth, traveling with his brothers, and of his sometimes difficult relationships with his family over the years. He speaks candidly about the inspiration behind his music, his mesmerizing dance moves, and the compulsive drive to create that has made him one of the biggest stars in the music business and a legend in his own time. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Thriller as the biggest-selling-album of all time.

In Moonwalk, Michael Jackson shares his personal feelings about some of his most public friends…friends like Diana Ross, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, and Katharine Hepburn. He talks openly about the crushing isolation of his fame, of his first love, of his plastic surgery, and of his wholly exceptional career and the often bizarre and unfair rumors that have surrounded it.

Illustrated with rare photographs from Jackson family albums and Michael’s personal photographic archives, as well as a drawing done by Michael exclusively for this book, Moonwalk is a memorable journey to the very heart and soul of a modern musical genius.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 26reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by LOVE Michael Jackson Moonwalk This book is delightful. It shows a very personal perspective into the life of Michael Jackson and the Jackson family as it is written by the KING OF POP himself, Michael Jackson. This book is easy to read, enjoyable and haliarious at times. I feel MJ's spirit as I read the pages of his life. I can almost hear his voice reading it aloud to me. It is a great way to understand the man and the legend. I have been a MJ fan my entire life, I miss Michael Jackson dearly and this book brings be joy. It makes me feel at peace with his untimely passing. I'm so glad the book was re-released----I missed it the first edtition. Would buy for a friend as well. Rest in Peace Michael you are loved and missed. I hope your kindness, caring, generous, humanitarianism ways live on through all those you touched in your life time and rubs off on those who never knew or appriciated you. 11/03/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Moonwalk is amazing This book was ghostwritten by Michael Jackson - he told this story to someone and they wrote it. It's fantastic and I liked hearing the world thru MJ's eyes. Even in this story, you can tell he's sad. This book talks about how he started, what motivates him, some embarrasing moments, etc. I liked this book and even if you don't like MJ, you will love this book. 10/15/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A Must Have for MJ Fans First and foremost I must commend Wal-Mart for their incredible ability to deliver Michael Jackson's Memoir Moonwalker on the same day this New York Times Best-seller is being reissued and made available in stores (10/13/09).I've been anxious to own this book for a long time since I was too young to be interested in reading when the first edition was out.MJ has been a huge influence in my life from his talent, his dedication, music, his ability to love and endure challenging situations. Reading and imagining him telling the stories in the book when he was on top of his game gives a whole new perspective and understanding to the person he was as a child and as a man.I haven't finished it yet but I wanted to convey how pleased I am with Wal-Mart and The Estate of MJJ for this re-release in this time of grieving. 10/14/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Omg!!! I love this book!!!!! Its amazing i love the fact that he wrote it himself...i really feel like i know him now!!! He was funny and sweet and...there are no words to describe it...i Love this book i could not put it down!!! I will read it over and over and over again!!! I dont get tired of this...the picutes of him are amazing and...wow the whole book is amazing!!!! =D Buy it you wont regret it...and walmart did a good job on shipping it to me i got it very fast and the tracking was easy and accurate!!! Love this Book and Love Mj!!!! =D 03/04/2010
Rated 2 out of 5★ by This book should have never been updated.The 1988 was in Michael's words only and now it has been changed....don't buy it!!! 10/11/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by I loved it when I was 15 & still love it today! As a child growing up in the 80's, I was almost required to be an MJ fan, but today I am proud to still call myself a fan and think that this book is a must for anyone interested in Michael's own words about himself.I have always been intrigued by the illustration he drew of himself with 1998 inscription. My friends and I pondered for years what he meant by this - retirement...end of his life's mission...we never knew.I think that for those of you that never had the chance to read Michael's 2nd book - Dancing the Dream (his poems, creative writing and artwork) then this is the next best thing. 07/19/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by awsome i cant stop reading it love it love it 12/06/2010
Rated 5 out of 5 The best gift ever I'm a MJ fan since i was 5 yrs. old loved this book the best xmas gift. 01/05/2011
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