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Jacko, His Rise and Fall: The Social and Sexual History of Michael Jackson [Kindle Edition]

Darwin Porter
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"I'd have thought that there wasn't one single gossipy rock yet to be overturned in the microscopically scrutinized life of Michael Jackson. But Darwin Porter's exhaustive (but always zippy) hybrid of celebrity bio and solid reporting proves me quite wrong. It's all here: The abuse Jackson suffered as a boy from the fists of his father; rough early years on the "chitlin' circuit?; his rocky relationship with Diana Ross and his quirky relationship with Liz Taylor; his sham marriages and his oddly conceived three children; unflagging rumors of his homosexuality; and his scandalous affection for generations of adolescent boys. Definitely a page-turner. But don't turn the pages too quickly: Almost every one holds a fascinating revelation." - Richard Labonte, Books To Watch Out For


From famed celebrity biographer Darwin Porter, this is the most honest and journalistically important biography of Michael Jackson ever published, with a roster of literary reviews that outnumber and outclass any other MJ bio on the market. After its original release in 2007, it was widely reviewed as the most thorough and comprehensive biography of the superstar published anytime during the previous 15 years. Following the superstar's death in June of 2009, Porter edited and amplified his already controversial texts to include startling new information about The Gloved One, adding a final chapter and a post-mortem epilogue reflecting the mysterious circumstances surrounding Jackson's death and an analysis of its aftermath.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 5616 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 600 Seiten
  • Verlag: Blood Moon Productions; Auflage: 2 (16. August 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00GOGS15A
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating page-turner 3. Juli 2011
Von Diplomat
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I loved it! This book is full of juicy and previously unheard of (at least by me) details. I guess a large part of it is hearsay, many sources just "didn't want to be named", but on the other hand, who would say anything against the King of Pop, giving their full name and exposing themselves to the wrath of his loyal but sometimes obsessed fans.
Anyhow, this frequently funny 560 page book has kept me entertained and sometimes awake until early morning because I just couln't stop reading.
Maybe not designed for die-hard and delusional MJ fans, but for sane people who may like some of his music without being blind to his flaws. I found Darwin Porter really tried to be fair to MJ, but some facts about his life just cannot be swept under the rug.
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Von Julietta
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Die ersten zehn Seiten sind witzig, die nächsten zehn Seiten langweilig und die restlichen Seiten dieses "Werkes" werden wohl für immer ungelesen bleiben. Schwachsinn!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen - 5. Dezember 2007
Von neems - Veröffentlicht auf
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I've read a couple of Michael Jackson books, just because he's a very interesting person. One thing I found very annoying about this book was that, the author seems to have problems staying at one chapter of Michael's life and continue with the same story until its actual finished, and then start with another. The time line is also very confusing; there were a lot of mistakes. Like, when he tells one part about Michael's life in the late 70's, it'll suddenly skip to Michael's Thriller days then back again to the late 70's and some of his facts are just absolute Bull. Another thing I got annoyed by was the fact that the author kept addressing Michael Jackson as Wacko Jacko (Thus, the cover title). Which professional writer goes by a tabloid name that was given to Michael, rather then just simply using Michael Jackson? Obviously the author believes more to that Michael, is a pedophile. Not only is the title unprofessional, the ads at the end of the book, that was lame. Some of the references the author made in this book are already made public as rumors, and yet he puts them as facts. There's no doubt that there are some interesting TRUE facts in this book, and you can find these facts in other more interesting Michael Jackson books. Now if you're an Obsessed Michael Jackson fan, who takes every word seriously and who are overly sensitive over Michael Jackson's life should not buy this book.

When reading this book, I kept an open mind and I know what sounds right and what smells like BS. Most of the author's sources are from other books about Michael Jackson, and it seems like every tabloid story (That were written in the books the author used as reference) was the author's main interest. I guess this book is what the author believes, All the rumors, all the accusations, all the stories, he compiled them told Michael Jackson's story the way the author feels is what happened in Michael's life. Some are true, some are completely ridiculous. It all comes down to opinion, and my opinion is that this book is the author's point of view on Michael's life.

For people who want to know about Michael Jackson out of curiosity/love/hate or whatever, just buy the book by J Randy Taraborrelli, The Magic and the Madness, the latest edition. It's the most realistic book ever written about Michael and very interesting. Again, if you're obsessed with Michael Jackson you should probably buy books that say "Michael the king/Angel/God", if that only satisfies you. [Some fans criticize me for buying this book and actually reading it] Another book that is very good (About the trial in 2005) is Michael Jackson conspiracy by Aphrodite Jones.

Overall, this book is based on rumors and it may be interesting but it's not factual.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Beware 14. August 2009
Von Sherley J. Pierre - Veröffentlicht auf
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I think this author lacks credibility. He makes basic factual errors like writing that Michael Jackson wrote the song "She's Out of My Life" when Michael Jackson, did not write that song he only recorded it. This is something you can verify by just reading the linear notes of the "off The Wall" album. I cannot trust an author who cannot get his basic facts straight. The author blantantly steals from Bob Jones's book, J. Randy Tamborelli's book and a whole host of other author's books.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Don't waste your money!!! 28. August 2009
Von Fuschiaqueen - Veröffentlicht auf
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Including 'Jacko' in the title should have warned me this book would not show MJ favourably at all. It is full of 'well informed sources' who don't wish to be named and who generally have a 'bone to pick' over some issue or other. Early into the book the writer comments on how Michael Jackson in spite of being old enough to have a girlfriend, showed no interest in sex. Porter then proceeds to make negative comments about this. And then he says Michael was 13 at the time. I found this disgusting. He was merely a child. I wondered whether Porter is some kind of sexual deviant.

The book shows no matter what Michael Jackson did, he would be crucified from every angle possible and from many 'players'. He simply couldn't win in the end. He is one of the greatest, if not the greatest entertainer of all time, clearly demonstrated by his phenomenal record breaking sales. Eccentric yes but he was a creative genius. Yet he is put down for not being sophisticated, well read, aware of all the classic movies, who starred in them, that he wasn't politicised, that he wasn't very articulate, on and on it goes - all this when he was in his late teens and early twenties. These skills take time to develop. When was he supposed to have 'clocked up' expertise in all these other areas as well is what I'm curious about. Porter's tone throughout the book is one of mockery and sarcasm rather than objectivity. Considering MJ came from a poor Afro American background where he was severely abused, the guy should be hailed as a miracle rather than put down and demonised as he is in this book. He must've had a phenomenal amount of inner personal strength and spirit to have merely survived as long as he did let alone reach such heights of creativity and success.

Michael Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges. What I am baffled about is why didn't ALL the boys and their parents come up and give evidence against him before, during and even after the hearing or start their own new prosecution against him if he molested them? Virtually every page however, shows Porter's biase towards Michael Jackson being a pederast or gay or both.

I felt incredibly frustrated and angry reading this book. I can honestly say I had one of Michael Jackson's CD's prior to his death but wasn't a passionate fan prior to his death but since his death, I have become rather curious about him. I have purchased a number of books and other reading material. After buying 4 DVD's and another 4 CD's I am now a passionate fan and can't believe what I have missed for all these years. What this book shows is that no matter what he did, he couldn't win. Virtually everyone he came in contact with wanted his money and would try to get it from him in any way possible.

If you're a Michael Jackson fan, don't read it. It is very upsetting. Go for Aphrodite Jones instead. Much better writer. Respectful, clear thinking and has a conscience.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Jacko 11. August 2009
Von L. Plasket - Veröffentlicht auf
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I feel that this book was more about gossip than actual fact. I also felt that the author was biased on his views of Michael Jackson and he wanted him to be portrayed as the author himself felt.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen written in a gossipy manner 17. September 2009
Von Cynthia L. Moore - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is not what I expected. It is poorly written, jumps back and forth in terms of topics and timing, and is written in a more goosipy style than some of the other more factually written books about Michael Jackson. I have read several books on Michael Jackson and this is the most poorly writtn of the 4 I have read.
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