This sophisticated, no-holds-barred biography of Michael Jackson by his brother Jermaine is filled with keen insight, rich anecdotes, and behind-the-scenes detail.
Older than Michael by four years, Jermaine knows the real Michael as only a brother can. In this raw, honest, and poignant account, he reveals Michael the private person, not Michael “the King of Pop.” From their shared childhood and the Jackson 5 years through Michael’s phenomenal solo career, his loves, his suffering, and his tragic end, Jermaine doesn’t flinch from tackling the tough issues: the torrid press, the scandals, the allegations, the court cases, the internal politics, the ill-fated This Is It tour, and the disturbing developments in the days leading up to Michael’s death.
But where previous works have presented only thin versions of a media construct, Jermaine provides a rare glimpse into the complex heart, mind, and soul of a brilliant but sometimes troubled entertainer. As a witness to history on the inside, Jermaine is the only person qualified to deliver the real Michael and reveal what made him tick: his private opinions and unseen emotions through the most headline-making episodes of his life.
His hope is to foster a true and final understanding of Michael: who he was, what he was, and what shaped him.
Jermaine Jackson, fourth-born in the musical family dynasty, was an original member of the Jackson 5. Singer, record producer, and composer, Jermaine is widely perceived as the Jackson family’s spokesperson, both before and after Michael’s death. He is the father to seven children and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Halima.