Columns: 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy My Book - Douglas Kirkland, "Michael Jackson: The Making of 'Thriller'"

Friday, Oct 29, 2010 6:20PM

Written by Douglas Kirkland for SOHH

[With the new release of Michael Jackson: The Making of 'Thriller' hitting bookshelves, renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland reveals the Top 5 reasons readers should read up on "Thriller."]

1. Do You Remember The Time

Because you remember seeing "Thriller" for the first time, dancing to it, being scared and amazed by it. It's the making of the most groundbreaking, breathtaking, game-changing video of all time. "Thriller" transformed music television, made MTV and broke race barriers. This book is a record, a testament, a tribute to one of the most triumphant, iconic moments in music history. Gotta give credit where credit is due - the man was a genius and he unleashed his full power in "Thriller."

2. Human Nature

These pictures are captivating and you won't be able to look away. They show Michael how you remember him from back then, and show sides of him you've never seen. They show Michael not only as the glamorous entertainer, but also Michael as his handsome, charming self. There are tons of pictures of Michael goofing around with his co-star Ola Ray, pictures of him with playing pinball on the set, pictures of him patiently getting his makeup done to become the werewolf, while holding his pet snake Muscles in his lap. There're candid shots of him in that incredible red leather jacket, smiling that famous smile of his and being serious for the camera. There are shots of him with director John Landis, and with all the folks behind the scenes that transformed him into those characters. It's your backstage pass to the making of "thriller" and you've never seen Michael like this.

3. Eye Of The Storm

Most of these pictures have never been seen or published anywhere before. The location of the video and the "Thriller" set were kept secret from everyone and I was the only photographer allowed there, to shoot pictures for Life magazine, which were never published. This book is the only place you'll be able to see these photos, period. And have you seen the cover? It's got this picture that shifts from attractive Michael to zombie Michael as you tilt it from side to side. It's sick.

4. Show And Prove

This book was my favorite project [to work on]. Even though I've photographed every major actor, celebrity and icon you can imagine and produced several 'behind-the-scenes' books, I've never done [anything] like this [project]. No one was taking pictures of the making of this video and I not only has the photos to prove it, I also share my amazing experience of working with Michael Jackson throughout the book. I loved working with him, he's a genius...a superb, brilliant perfectionist, and a true professional. I wanted to share these photos of Michael Jackson in this most memorable, essential period with the fans out there and this book is my homage to The King of Pop.

5. The Way You Make Me Feel

Because musicians, actors, directors, producers and personalities, like Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Alicia Keys, Usher, Jay-Z, and many more, all talk about how Michael Jackson and his music affected them in this book. The personal stories are truly touching and heartfelt, with many crediting Michael Jackson as the inspiration and reason they are the performer or entertainer they are today. As Usher says in the book "...I would not be the artist, performer, and philanthropist I am today without the influence of Michael. In so many ways he transcended culture. He broke barriers...His legacy is unparalleled."

You Decide. Will you purchase Michael Jackson: The Making of 'Thriller'?

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