The #1 New York Times bestseller – Moonwalk
The #1 New York Times bestseller! Michael Jackson’s one and only autobiography – his life, in his words.
“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.”
"It was Berry Bordy who said he hoped I’d audition for The Wiz. I was very fortunate he felt that way, because I was bitten by the acting bug during that experience. I said to myself, this is what I’m interested in doing when I have a chance – this is it.
When you make a film, you’re stopping time. The people, their
performances, the story become a thing that can be shared by people all
over the world for generations and generations. Imagine never having
seen Captains Courageous or To Kill a Mocking Bird!
Making movies is exciting work. It’s such a team effort and it’s also a
lot of fun. Someday soon I plan to devote a lot of my time to making
–Michael Jackson, in Moonwalk
From the original 1988 edition:
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.
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.
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.
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.