So much has how been said and written about the life and career of Michael Jackson that it has become almost impossible to disentangle the man from the myth. This book is the fruit of over 30 years of research and hundreds of exclusive interviews with a remarkable level of access to the very closest circles of the Jackson family – including Michael himself. Cutting through tabloid rumors, J. Randy Taraborrelli traces the real story behind Michael Jackson, from his drilling as a child star through the blooming of his talent to his ever-changing personal appearance and bizarre publicity stunts. This major biography includes the behind-the-scenes story to many of the landmarks in Jackson’s life: his legal and commercial battles, his marriages to Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe, his passions and addictions, his children. Objective and revealing, it carries the hallmarks of all of Taraborrelli’s best-sellers: impeccable research, brilliant storytelling and definitive documentation.
The original version of this book was published in 1998. Since that time, a number of revised editions have been published and have made best-seller lists around the world. This edition – “The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story,” was published in 2009 after Michael Jackson’s death. Presently, J. Randy Taraborrelli is working on a new edition of this book, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2019 by Hachette to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of Michael’s death.