A man equally revered and reviled by the American public, Michael Jackson is one of the most fascinating and polarizing public figures in recent history. The mystery surrounding his death in 2009 only serves to compound the legend of this deeply conflicted and multifaceted former icon. In the audiobook Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson, narrated by Mel Foster, author Randall Sullivan chronicles the final four years of the enigmatic pop star's life, detailing his planned comeback album and world tour, as well as the legal, financial and medical troubles that caused great dismay for the erstwhile King of Pop and may have played a role in his untimely death.
Sullivan juxtaposes Jackson's final years with his troubled upbringing as a child star and ascent to international superstardom, a feat later marred by accusations of child molestation. Jackson, Sullivan writes, was a man of great internal paradox; at once reticent and self-aggrandizing, Jackson was a shameless self-promoter, incorrigible narcissist, and ostentatious showman, but also a furtive and private man who resented the constant prying into his personal life by the media. Sullivan depicts the sides of Jackson both known and unknown to the general public: On one hand, the man who revolutionized entertainment but shirked the spotlight off the stage as best he could; on the other a shrewd businessman who did nearly as much to advance his own popularity off the stage as on it. Jackson's book is a candid look at a controversial man who indelibly altered the entertainment industry and holds a place in the pantheon of great performers.
A former contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine, Randall Sullivan has been covering music and the entertainment industry for more than twenty years. This is his fourth nonfiction book, and he has previously been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He currently serves as co-host for the show Miracle Detective on the Oprah Winfrey channel.
Beginning with his final departure from Neverland, Untouchable takes listeners through Jackson's final four years, as he shuttled from California to the Middle East, Ireland, Asia, the East Coast, and Las Vegas, planning to recapture his wealth and reputation with a comeback album and a series of 50 mega-concerts, for which he was rehearsing until the day before his death. Sullivan also delves deep into Jackson's past, and the man that emerges is both naive and deeply cunning, a devoted father whose parenting decisions created an international outcry, a shrewd businessman whose successes blew up in his face and whose failures nearly brought down a megacorporation, and an inveterate narcissist who wanted more than anything a quiet, solitary, normal life.
Sullivan has never-before-reported information about Jackson's business dealings and the pedophilia allegations that irreparably marked his reputation. He had exclusive access to inner-circle figures, including Jackson's former attorney and business manager. The result is a remarkable portrait of Michael Jackson, a man of uncountable contradictions who continues to reign as the King of Pop. Download and start listening now!