Available for the first time in paperback- cultural critic Joseph Vogel's smart, insightful, and moving exploration of the solo works of Michael Jackson--a wonderful gift to fans on the tenth anniversary of his death.
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.
"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