Jason King

The Michael Jackson Treasures: Celebrating the King of Pop in Photos and Memorabilia (BOOK)

Fall River Press/Barnes & Noble (US); translated in 7 languages | October 10th, 2009 | Book page at Barnes and Noble.com

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I was commissioned by packagers Becker&Mayer to write a 175 book on Michael Jackson in June 2009, right on the heels of his tragic passing. It was released by Barnes & Noble via their Sterling imprint in the US; Simon and Schuster in the UK, and other publishers in different countries.

The book is a beautifully designed coffee table book full of reproduced memorabilia and full of color photos of Michael Jackson.

That said, it's easy to overlook that there's a solid story in it. I'd written about Michael Jackson before, but this is probably some of the best writing I've ever done on him: it's a full sweeping, accessible and analytical account of his entire life. It's worth reading, I'd say.

The book has been translated into at least 7 languages: English, French, Japanese, Spanish, Danish and more.

It is out of print in the US, so the prices vary widely on Amazon and other sites.

Here's the official blurb:

"Michael Jackson left a legacy of extraordinary showmanship and endlessly influential music. Michael Jackson Treasures pairs a compelling exploration of his story with photographs and memorabilia that illuminate h is fascinating, complicated life. Featuring a number of rare pieces, including selected pages from the Jackson children’s high school yearbook, the patent for the antigravity lean shoes from “Smooth Criminal,” and a fancifully die-cut mask from the Dangerous Tour, Michael Jackson Treasures is a trove of powerful images and ephemera from a truly global superstar."

The official Barnes and Noble site