Michael Jackson: The Making of "Thriller" (英語) ハードカバー – 2010/10/28
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Michael Jackson: The Making of "Thriller" is an illustrated tribute to the King of Pop and his groundbreaking music video, with never-before-seen photos of its creation. The book features over 200 exclusive, behind-the-scenes photographs of the artist on set during the 1983 production of the Grammy award winning video directed by John Landis.
Considered to be the most successful project of all time, "Thriller" is beloved the world over, inspiring imitation and a cult-like following of millions of fans. Documenting the creation of the most popular and iconic music video of all time, this book celebrates the artist and his music at the top of his career.
Famed photographer Douglas Kirkland and journalist Nancy Griffin were the only members of the media allowed on the set of the video. The resulting photos capture Jackson both in high performance mode and relaxing on the set and depict his transformation into the characters in the video as well capturing the public and private faces of Michael Jackson.
Compelling, intimate photos of the artist are accompanied by interviews and quotes from musicians and celebrities, including Sir Paul McCartney, Diddy, Beyonce, Steven Spielberg and many more. With a holographic cover that, when tilted, transforms the artist into his zombie character, the book is an impressive gift to be treasured by fans and music lovers everywhere.
Douglas Kirkland spent much of his career in New York City before moving to LA in the 1970s. He catapulted to fame when he first photographed Marilyn Monroe. He has also photographed behind the scenes sets of more than one hundred motion pictures, several of them legendary. Named "Photographer of the Year" by the PhotoImaging, Manufacturers, and Distributing Association, he lives in LA with his wife.
Kirkland was the only photographer on the set of "Thriller".
The product image doesn't do the book cover justice, but the image of Michael Jackson and Thriller Michael is actually a lenticular image. It is one full image of each that transitions from one to another. It's gorgeous!
As for the content, a majority of the pages have photographs taking up half the page or the whole page.There is a lot of white space. I'm all for using white space properly, but it felt a little like the creators were padding at times. There is just enough little stories throughout where you could read it all in one sitting. The opinions of the writers about Michael is the only thing that is a turnoff. Why create a book like this and not speak anything but good things about your subject?
This is a nice book to add to your collection if you are a fan of Michael Jackson or his Thriller music video film. Recommended.
The book is colorful and engaging. The little notes about what was going on were informative, but I admit I bought the book for the lovely pictures of Michael. It also gives location information which I love as I like to travel around LA following Michael's footsteps. IMO, it had too many costume pictures, I want the more natural, movie theater scene Michael, before the zombie and werewolf pictures, like the ones outside of the Palace Theater in downtown LA, but I know this book encompasses the whole 4 days.
Please, buy the book, BUT please do not read the unnecessary, and I feel derogatory opinions/beliefs of the person who wrote the introduction, Nancy Griffin. Why the author, Douglas Kirkland added this in this otherwise perfect visual orgasm of a book is beyond me!!!
Michael Jackson in 1983 is, to me, perfection, his beautiful eyes, those sexy lips, ahhh... I need to take a minute.
OK, I am back... At 15 and now at age 42, the Thriller era has always been my favorite and I am so happy that this book celebrates this era in the life of Michael Jackson. It is a wonderful piece of history that I cherish and tie much of my teen memories to. Thank you Douglas Kirkland for preserving this for us lifelong MJ fans and for exposing this experience to new fans alike.
This book is a must have for any Michael Jackson fan or anyone who believed that Michael Jackson actually became a werewolf right in front of our eyes. Through the art and power of illusion he made us believers. This book illustrates the work (and the fun) that went into those transformations, the costuming, everything. A great keepsake. One you will treasure even more as the years go by.
Michael Jackson, this girl loves you more.