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The Musical Life of Michael Jackson

By Nelson George

Da Capo Press, Hardcover, 9780306818783, 256pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2010


From legendary hip-hop and R&B journalist Nelson George, the definitive chronicle of the bestselling album of all time

About the Author
Nelson George is the award-winning author of a dozen books, including his memoir, "City Kid," and the classic "Hip-Hop America." He is also a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. George was born in Brooklyn, where he still lives.

Praise For Thriller

Kirkus, May 2010
“[A] reverent—but not wholly uncritical—blend of memoir, music journalism and pop sociology to commemorate the untimely death of the controversial but immensely gifted pop icon…A worthy postmortem tribute that admirably avoids both easy sensationalism and knee-jerk sentimentalism.”

Booklist, June 2010
“A brief if heartfelt assessment of Jackson’s career and life…George reappraises his own earlier writings about Jackson and reinvestigates the incredible work ethic that defined Jackson and producer Quincy Jones in the days when they produced Thriller…As one would expect from George, the narrative goes beyond surface concerns…George’s analysis and insight are laudable…A more than useful retrospective on the man and his music.” Milwaukee Shepherd Express, 6/24/10
“[George] offers many penetrating insights in the space of this succinct biography” Newsweek, 6/25/10Thriller is like having a refreshing and fascinating conversation with a man who’s spent far more time thinking about Jackson’s music than his demons.”

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