Exclusive to the National Portrait Gallery
“ Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world. Through it – my music – I know I will live forever.” Michael Jackson
This remarkable collection of images, drawn from a wide variety of sources, charts the life of an extraordinary artist – from his emerging fame as a child prodigy singing alongside his brothers in the late sixties and seventies, to his status as an international superstar. Pages recalling his early years with the Jackson 5 are followed by a section of photographs of Michael alongside famous friends, collaborators and admirers. There are dynamic shots of the King of Pop at the height of his powers as a solo artist and poignant images from his final months, publicising and rehearsing for the ultimately unrealised ‘This Is It’ concert series.
The photographs are complemented by a selection of quotations by Michael himself, and by many of the friends and associates who knew him well. The book also includes a select discography and a chronology that highlights key moments in Michael’s career.