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Author: Joseph Vogel Narrator: Keith Sellon-Wright Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2019 ISBN: 9781984889706
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For half a century, Michael Jackson’s music has been an indelible part of our cultural consciousness. Landmark albums such as Off the Wall and Thriller shattered records, broke racial barriers, amassed awards, and set a new standard for popular music. While his songs continue to be played in nearly every corner of the world, however, they have rarely been given serious critical attention. The first book dedicated solely to exploring his creative work, Man in the Music guides us through an unparalleled analysis of Jackson’s recordings, album by album, from his trailblazing work with Quincy Jones to his later collaborations with Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and Rodney Jerkins. Drawing on rare archival material and on dozens of original interviews with the collaborators, engineers, producers, and songwriters who helped bring the artist’s music into the world, Jackson expert and acclaimed cultural critic Joseph Vogel reveals the inspirations, demos, studio sessions, technological advances, setbacks and breakthroughs, failures and triumphs, that gave rise to an immortal body of work. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Brilliantly cracks the DNA of Michael Joseph Jackson. . . . A pointed, intelligent dissection of an epic body of work. Spike Lee
  • The only comprehensive and critical rundown of Jackson’s solo material. Rolling Stone
  • A must-have for any Jackson fan. . . . A fascinating read. . . . Each song Jackson recorded during his solo career is examined with a critical eye. Associated Press
  • Don’t be surprised if it makes you go back and listen . . . with a whole new outlook on the King of Pop. Zack O'Malley Greenburg, author of Michael Jackson, Inc.
  • This is the kind of book about Michael Jackson’s music, artistry, and creativity that really needed to be written—and Joseph Vogel has done it and done it very well. I am absolutely floored by Joe’s in-depth research and perceptive insight into what made Michael the one-of-a-kind, recording-breaking King of Pop. And—amazingly enough—even I learned a lot! J. Randy Taraborrelli, author of Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness
  • [Man in the Music] celebrates Michael’s songs and artistry in a wonderful journey through his music. Jermaine Jackson

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About the Author

JOSEPH VOGEL's work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, HuffPost, and PopMatters, among other publications. In 2012, Vogel worked as a consultant for (and was featured in) Spike Lee's critically acclaimed documentary, Bad 25. He also appeared in Lee's 2016 documentary, Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall. Vogel is an assistant professor at Merrimack College, where his research and teaching focus on American literature, film, popular music, popular culture, and the 1980s.

About the Narrator

Keith Sellon-Wright is an audiobook narrator and an actor with more than thirty years of experience in Hollywood. His television roles have included Frasier, Seinfeld, The West Wing, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal. He also serves as a “voice of the New York Times,” narrating selected articles for their daily audio edition.