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  • Dec 31, 2009
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...and so appropriately titled. You will not find pictures of the iconic, larger-than-life Michael Jackson that the public had come to know over the last several years; but rather a more intimate, behind-the-scenes portrayal of the King of Pop before his reign began. Fresh-faced and naturally handsome, the book tells the tale of a hardworking superstar in the making, and the familial love and togetherness surrounding him. A fabulous conversation piece...would be beautifully coupled with another book of equal aesthetic value documenting the star's reign (which continues to this day) as the paralleled superstar that he eventually came to be.


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review by . December 01, 2009
Previous to the passing away of Michael Jackson, my 12 year old daughter starting collecting CDs, DVDs, apparel and pretty much anything to do with Michael Jackson. After his passing, she immediately went full throttle to add more to the collection. It has has been growing pretty big, but Michael Jackson: Before He Was King for sure is the icing on the cake. It was a pleasure to see Michael Jackson in his younger adult years, from the 70's to early 80's. He was full of life, love and happiness. …
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Photographer Todd Gray worked with Michael Jackson for several years before Jackson requested that he become his personal photographer, a relationship that would encompass the singer's performances with the Jacksons through the release of his smash solo albumsOff the WallandThriller. This collection of unseen, intimate, and joyful pictures of Michael taken over a span of 10 years reveal him at home, with his family and fans, in career-making live performances, and the on the "Beat It" video shoot. A young black man not much older than Jackson at the time they met, Gray brings unique insights to his time with the singer, contributing stories and context to the images, presenting a rare, intimate portrait of Jackson at a creative peak as he grew from a brilliantly talented young man into a pop icon.

A Q&A with Todd Gray, Author of Michael Jackson: Before He Was King

Q: How did you first meet Michael Jackson?

A: I first met Michael in 1974, when I was sent on an assignment to photograph Stevie Wonder at the Record Plant studio in Hollywood. Stevie was recording the single “You Haven't Done Nothin',” which featured backing vocals by the Jackson 5, so Michael and his brothers were there. I had been photographing rock groups since 1971, while I was still in high school, and kept on to help pay for college and later, art school. When I got to the studio that evening I walked into the engineering booth and saw a young man with a huge Afro. He was wearing...

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ISBN-10: 0811875067
ISBN-13: 978-0811875066
Author: Todd Gray
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Entertainment
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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