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Michael jackson: the making of "thriller": 4 days/1983


Description: Michael jackson: the making of "thriller": 4 days/1983
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This is a photo-documentary of the making of Thriller, the award-winning video created by Michael Jackson and John Landis, the director who did Teenage Werewolf in London. Jackson wanted Landis because he was strong with video shorts and could also inject some playfulness and humor; Jackson was not fond of the horror genre.

The photo-documentary is created by Douglas Kirkland, who has a very long and impressive list of other credits. He says that Jackson was not comfortable being photographed beh This is a photo-documentary of the making of Thriller, the award-winning video created by Michael Jackson and John Landis, the director who did Teenage Werewolf in London. Jackson wanted Landis because he was strong with video shorts and could also inject some playfulness and humor; Jackson was not fond of the horror genre.

The photo-documentary is created by Douglas Kirkland, who has a very long and impressive list of other credits. He says that Jackson was not comfortable being photographed behind the scenes, and he himself wasn't all that comfortable either (although he used a long lens to get the close-ups; the close photos are so intense that a novice like me might have thought he was right in the performer's face all the time, had he not set the record straight.)

So, someone loaned this to me on a kindle. The good news was that I got to check it out free, but the bad news is that this really is a coffee table book, one that you would display and have the opportunity to linger over. Kindle is not the optimal media for this type of book. I on the other hand am not sure I am into photography enough to go pay the cover price to own a real hardcover copy, so there you are. If I were able to see it better, I might up this to 4 stars.

The text is almost entirely other people's soundbites. I think my favorite might be Stephen Spielberg's. He states that "If E.T. hadn't come to Elliot, he would have come to Michael's house. I think Michael can be hurt very easily; he's sort of like a fawn in a burning forest."

Thriller made history at a time when MTV was still virtually unheard of and barely off the ground. It blazed new territory. Jackson's pop music bridged a racial chasm in popular music.

For someone with a strong interest in the history of music video or photography, this might be a must-have. For me, it was something more peripheral, a thing I would read for free, but not if I had to pay for it. Consider your interests, and decide. One thing is for certain: there are photographs here that you will not find anywhere else.

For students and researchers working on music video history, every one of these photographs will count as a primary document, something to consider when you choose where to lay down your money.

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Marsten
- Un llibre molt interessant, extensament documentat, ben ordenat temàticament, editat amb un format ben gran per veure bé les fotos i amb un paper de bona qualitat. Menció a part és la brutal coberta lenticular que depenent de la inclinació de la mateixa es veu el MJ normal o en versió zombie! Brutal!
- Està molt bé de preu pel contingut del llibre.
- Una pega que li trobo és que em sobren les innumerables cites de tribut al difunt Michael Jackson les quals no acompanyen en res a les fotos. És mé - Un llibre molt interessant, extensament documentat, ben ordenat temàticament, editat amb un format ben gran per veure bé les fotos i amb un paper de bona qualitat. Menció a part és la brutal coberta lenticular que depenent de la inclinació de la mateixa es veu el MJ normal o en versió zombie! Brutal!
- Està molt bé de preu pel contingut del llibre.
- Una pega que li trobo és que em sobren les innumerables cites de tribut al difunt Michael Jackson les quals no acompanyen en res a les fotos. És més, les fotos no tenen, en general, cap peu de foto que aporti alguna informació addicional que podria enriquir el llibre... Més enllà de la introducció inicial i de l’entrevista al fotògraf i autor del llibre, el Sr. Douglas Kirkland, poca cosa s’escriu al respecte del vídeo del Thriller... Val que llibre és un “recull fotogràfic” però no ho trobo incompatible amb unes breus ressenyes complementàries.
- Personalment aquest vídeo em va fer descobrir Michael Jackson i aficionar-me al gènere del terror. Podria dir (amb certa vergonya) que em va marcar més del que voldria reconèixer doncs musicalment i literàriament segueixo molt enganxat ambdues aficions.

En resum, el llibre, malgrat la crítica feta, és una joia documental sobre el vídeo més important de la història dels videoclips. No cal dir que és un dels llibres que més m’aprecio de la meva col•lecció “jacksoniana”. ...more

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I always enjoyed he video...one of Jackson's best! This book shows the making of the video with excerpts from people who worked closely on the project with Michael Jackson. Their insight, coupled with the numerous pictures was enjoyable!

Sakura

I was hoping for the actual making of the video clip l...the dance
.the crew etc. this book is al about michael and how he interacted with everyone and how everyone remembered him.full with rare pictures of michael on and off set. its beautiful to see that he was actually a good man and not like those stars that snap to everyone. I really love michael..his music everything that have to do with him. what I didn't pike was that the book was about thriller and had quotes from sigers and people of th I was hoping for the actual making of the video clip l...the dance
.the crew etc. this book is al about michael and how he interacted with everyone and how everyone remembered him.full with rare pictures of michael on and off set. its beautiful to see that he was actually a good man and not like those stars that snap to everyone. I really love michael..his music everything that have to do with him. what I didn't pike was that the book was about thriller and had quotes from sigers and people of the scene talkijg about jis tragic death. ...more

Marcie

A gorgeous book with amazing, never-before-seen photos. There are photos of Michael and the cast, crew on set during takes, between takes, goofing off, etc. Aside from the beautiful photos, there's also quotes and stories about Michael on the set of Thriller.

Jennifer Daniel

I was hoping for a step by step instructional on the dance moves from the video. Virtually every photo was of MJ only. You barely saw the dance crew and costars. What a whack job.

Ariannemay737

I Love Michael Jackson and I'm gonna add all books about Michael, and also the quotes. just everything about Michael Jackson, King of Pop!

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This made me miss MJ

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