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Released in 1995, Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" was in many ways anachronistic. In both subject and sound, it was like nothing else on the radio. It defied the cynicism and apathy of Generation X; it challenged the aesthetic expectations for a "pop song" (or even a "protest song"), fusing blues, opera, rock and gospel; and it demanded accountability in an era of corporateReleased in 1995, Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" was in many ways anachronistic. In both subject and sound, it was like nothing else on the radio. It defied the cynicism and apathy of Generation X; it challenged the aesthetic expectations for a "pop song" (or even a "protest song"), fusing blues, opera, rock and gospel; and it demanded accountability in an era of corporate greed, globalization and environmental indifference. A massive hit globally (reaching #1 in over fifteen countries), it wasn't even offered as a single in the United States. Yet nearly two decades later, it stands as one of Jackson's greatest artistic achievements. In this groundbreaking monograph, author Joseph Vogel details the song's context and evolution from its inception in Vienna in 1988, to its release and reception in 1995, to Jackson's final live performance in Munich in 1999. Based on original research, including interviews with the song's key participants, Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus offers a fascinating reassessment of this prophetic musical statement....

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Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus (2nd Edition) Reviews

  • Kerry Hennigan
    2019-04-27 04:53

    Joe Vogel's book "Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus", now available in an updated and expanded 2nd edition, reveals both the genius and hard work of the creative process required to achieve such a master work of popular music.Vogel tracks the evolution of Earth Song beginning with Michael Jackson's initial ideas in 1988 for an anthem for the earth, informed by his evolving religious views and growing awareness of global issues. The book follows the development of the song clear through to its release as a track on the HIStory album in 1995, and then as the third single from the album (but, tellingly, not in the United States).Vogel also assesses the (mostly dismissive) critical reaction, and looks at the impact of Michael's controversially-perceived live performances of the song as pieces of highly effective performance art that were "so transcendent and unifying for audiences".But it all gets back to the song, and stripped of much of the theatrics, as at the one-off Brunei concert in July 1996, Michael Jackson delivers a truly unforgettable performance, "[t]here are no props, no pyrotechnics - just him, the mic, and the music."Vogel's examination of the writing and recording of Earth Song reveals the lengths to which Michael, and those working closely with him, went in order to achieve the results to which MJ was committed. Such perfectionism can mean a delay of years, as in the case of Earth Song before it reached the desired state of completion to the artist's satisfaction. And, indeed, like the earth whose anthem it was intended to be, Earth Song was an embryo that required a long period of gestation before coming to full term and being fit for launching into the world.This 2nd edition of "Earth Song" (the book) has a wealth of footnotes, and these are invaluable in fleshing out the picture not just of the song, but of the individuals who worked on it and their respective experiences collaborating with MJ. Vogel even extricates some worthy quotes and valuable insights from sources less than popular with us fans i.e. Taraborrelli, Boteach and Rolling Stone magazine. Other footnotes include on-line sources, some of which beg the reader to investigate further.As evocatively documented by Vogel, one moment in the long history of creating this epic song really leaps out at this particular reader. Described as a "hair standing up on the back of their necks" moment for his recording team, it is the night when Michael recorded the final vocals for the song in a completely dark studio, as was his preference. Writes Vogel "From the control room, Bruce Swedien and his crew of assistant engineers couldn't see anything. Yet what they heard roaring out of the darkness was astonishing; it was as if Jackson was channelling from the lungs of the earth - a pained, fierce, prophetic voice, giving utterance to the suffering of the world."Here is a song and a creative process which truly deserves documentation, and not just in book form. We might wish for Spike Lee or some worthy equivalent to take the video footage Vogel refers to (shot when the choral backing for the song was recorded) plus interviews, performances and other relevant material, and turn it into a film a la Lee's "Bad25" documentary. Only in this case it would be a homage to a single song. Earth Song is certainly a subject worthy of such coverage, and Vogel's book could provide a more than adequate blue print or script.And yet, in the end, we can do no better than listen to the song. It is, as the author rightly points out, a song that "seeks to shatter indifference, as it demands accountability. Radio can't do it justice. It is a song that was created to blast out of speakers if it couldn't be seen live."In discussing the scornful critical response to Earth Song, Vogel describes music journalists as wanting to put Michael Jackson back in his place - back to the "dance music" of his Off the Wall and Thriller days. In other words, the socially and environmentally aware mature man who raged through the microphone at the injustices he saw around him (some of which he personally experienced) was someone they preferred to dehumanise - the better to make fun of him and give themselves an excuse to not take him, or his art, seriously.The only down side on reading this appropriately serious discussion on Michael Jackson and his art as displayed in one exemplary song, is the sense of frustration in contemplating what ELSE might have been... What if Michael's energy had not been distracted from the process of creating monumental masterpieces like Earth Song (and others) and, out of necessity, redirected to defending his art, his perceived behaviour and (most shameful of all), his appearance, to his many strident critics. The stature of his talent and celebrity status meant he was bombarded with such criticism, much of it ill-informed, frivolous and deliberately provocative.What mental and physical energies might he have been able to bring to bear on projects that began as a thought or idea, if only his creative genius had been let flower without the constant demands, distractions and de-tractions heaped on him. It was, as he had earlier sung, "The Price of Fame" (now released on the "Bad25" album). For any of his projects he was not able to bring to fruition, we, society, the planet are the poorer.Earth Song is the ultimate proof of this. This was a project that DID reach its potential as its creator envisioned it. It is the proof of a master craftsman at work; a man capable of transforming an idea into a musical opus through hard work, dedication and craftsmanship of the highest calibre. As Vogel explains in detail, Michael marshalled musicians, engineers, orchestrators and others in the forefront of their respective musical spheres, and worked on the results until they met his own perfectionist standards.The Epilogue in Vogel's book talks, appropriately, of Michael's plans and rehearsals for Earth Song's inclusion in the "This Is It" series of shows for his London O2 residency in 2009-2010. It was a song, as Kenny Ortega comments in the documentary film "Michael Jackson's 'This Is It'" that carried Michael's message to the world. It was the final song that Michael rehearsed before his untimely passing. While his undoubtedly brilliant recording of Man in the Mirror has become MJ's unofficial theme song since his death, it is his self-penned, painstakingly conceived and executed Earth Song for which we should be most grateful.It is a song that deserves to be heeded as well as heard. As Vogel quotes accomplished composer and conductor Jorge del Barrio (who worked with Michael on the orchestral introduction) "Michael felt that this song was to be the one that ultimately would help save the world."We can only hope he's right.Kerry HenniganAustraliaDecember 13, 2012

  • Nada
    2019-05-13 08:01

    “I respect the secrets and magic of nature. That's why it makes me so angry when I see these things that are happening–I really, truly worry. Every second, I hear, the size of a football field is torn down in the Amazon. I mean, that kind of stuff really bothers me. That's why I write these kinds of songs, you know, to give some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love the Planet. I love the trees. I have this thing for trees–and the colors and the changing of leaves. I love it! And I respect those kinds of things. I really feel that nature is trying so hard to compensate for man's mismanagement of the planet. The planet is sick, like a fever. If we don't fix it now, it's at the point of no return. This is our last chance to fix this problem that we have. It's like a runway train. And the time has come. This Is It. People are always saying, ‘Oh, they'll take care of it, the government will do it.’ ‘They?’ They who? It starts with us. It's us. Or else it'll never be done... We have four years to get it right. After that it would be irreversible. Let's take care of the planet.” -Michael Jackson, This Is It rehearsals, 2009.Michael Jackson was a “connector”. He did not sell us feel-good music when presenting an issue nor was he looking to get rich off any that he was relentlessly creating. He sought to bring unity among people that were (purposely) divided by those who are in power–our separation keeps them in command. “Politics cannot save the world, so the music people should at least try,” he stated in 1979. To study Michael Jackson life, artistry, and the legacy lead us to an understanding of the power that made him loved by all yet hated by the media and its group of trolls. He was threatening to establishment because he pushed us towards awareness, and encouraged awakening. Michael spoke directly to our consciousnesses. His philosophies were dangerous. He didn't tell us to give out a simple prayer then go back to a slumber or that the world would get better on its own offering us some utopian version of the events... not at all; he highlighted with boldness the truth–and sometimes, the truth is a bitter-pill to swallow. He gave us hope that if we put aside our artificial differences and opened our minds....our hearts, we'd be able to start our journey towards a collective healing in which we'd create a better world for us and our children. We don't have to wait for a miracle, he showed us that it starts with us, he inspired us to act because our collective efforts is the start. This was his standing message throughout his life and career starting from “We Are the World,” “Man in the Mirror” to “Heal the World,” “Earth Song” and “Cry” to name just a few.In a world filled with lies, he was all about the truth–in spite of all the attacking that came at him because of that mission.“Michael was the lifeline of many. He was the one voice of sanity in a world gripped by so much insanity. For many, he was their hope, their confidante, their role model, their leader or guru.” -Reverend Barbara KaufmannJoseph Vogel presents an introduction to this marvelous aspect of Michael Jackson; environmentalist, activist, and humanitarian by scrutinizing Jackson's magnum opus, Earth Song.In this revised and updated third edition (the first two editions were published under the previous title, ‘Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus’), Vogel expands his original research to include three new chapters that illuminate the making of the song's short-film with exclusive inputs from the director, Nick Brandt.First of all, the title is wonderful and much more appropriate to the text, and to the subject, Michael Jackson. Jackson's life and work are a lead to follow. He defined what greatness should be like... But his most significant capacity was the compassion he embodied throughout his life both privately and publicly. The Art of Compassion signifies this overlooked area, “Jackson's kindness and compassion was not good copy; if it made the news at all, it was usually buried behind stories about his plastic surgery or pet chimpanzee” (p.10).Vogel masterfully tells the history behind the masterpiece which showcases his superb storytelling technique. The way he connected Michael's writings with biblical verses is quite interesting.Notably, he places Michael Jackson among his peers of greats (prophets, teachers, poets and others) using Dancing the Dream as a source is mesmerizing, and a great utilization of his book of reflections and poems that clarifies Michael Jackson's state of consciousness.The Art of Compassion dissection of Earth Song could also be used by researchers and students as a starting-point that will bring about further analysis and understanding of this masterpiece or encourage a completely original research on any other piece from his magnificent catalog.This academic research (with it profuse Notes section) is a must read for everyone that seek to comprehend Jackson's ultimate message which is apparent in his humanitarian work that we yet have to study, to spread around, and to follow his lead. All in all, The Art of Compassion is one of the most substantial acknowledgements to Michael Jackson's humanitarianism that is rich with factual information, objective contextual exploration, and personal interviews with those who were involved in creating Michael Jackson's masterpiece, Earth Song. Vogel still heads this movement that pushes the fact that Michael Jackson's life and artistry are worth being represented within a respectful narrative and comprehensively far away from the false media (mis)representation and within the pages of this book Vogel will reveal their unjust hostility.“It was clear that the biggest problem for critics was Michael Jackson himself. Since the mid-1980s, the media had developed a simple, but profitable portrait of Jackson that could be cut and pasted into each new story: he was a naive, eccentric, megalomaniac. Reviews of his music are almost universally interpreted through this lens beginning in the late 1980s, regardless of the merits of the song or album. Jackson, they often argued, should stick to the blissful “dance music’ of his early career rather than some of the ‘angry,’ ‘defiant,’ ‘political’ material that followed. Critics always preferred to view Jackson as an entertainer rather than an artist, a stereotype with a long racial history of which Jackson was well aware. As his music became more experimental and challenging, journalists tried in vain to put him ‘back in his place.’ They didn't want to hear songs about racism, media distortion, war and the environment from a pop star, they said. The wanted Off the Wall 2.0.” -Joseph Vogel (p. 60-61)More books by Joseph Vogel:1- Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson2- Featuring Michael JacksonSimilar books:1- The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife2- Otherness and Power: Michael Jackson and His Media Critics3- Keep Moving: The Michael Jackson Chronicles4- Michael Jackson's Dangerous5- Michael Jackson and the Blackface Mask

  • Elizabeth Amisu
    2019-05-21 10:16

    When Vogel writes about Jackson, one would do very well to listen. If there were a Professorship in Michael Jackson Studies, he would have been the first recipient. He is a veritable scientist, tackling Jackson study with the same focused tenacity as a Shakespeare scholar.Several of Vogel's sources are primary and 'Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus', at a short and easily readable 112 pages features first-hand interviews with Bill Bottrell, Matt Forger, and Brad Buxer, as well as secondary contextual sources that range from the King James Bible (1611) and Wordsworth to Bjork and Emmerson.Even with the author's wider knowledge in Jacksonism, Vogel uses the artist himself as his primary source: Jackson's interviews, words, lyrics, harmonies, and personal convictions lie at the heart of this short but incisive book and this is where its key strength lies.In 112 pages, the author takes the reader from the 1988 to 2009, charting with startling accuracy Jackson's creative process, inspiration and visual representation of a single song, 'Earth Song' from his 1995 album, 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1'. The various guises 'Earth Song' took, its varied reception throughout the world, its lack of an American release and its anachronistic nature are presented alongside Jackson's own intentions.Throughout the book, 'Earth Song' is also placed into the context of contemporary music as well as timeless artistic expression, placed in the context of prejudices against the artist and the artist's struggle to present a new view to his listeners and truly change the world.'Earth Song' is Michael Jackson and Michael Jackson, in many ways was 'Earth Song'. It is widely known that this song was his last performance in 2009 and this fact gives it an ethereality which only adds to its urgency:The messenger has gone but the message remains.I really do hope that Dr. Vogel goes on to write a series of books like this on a range of songs that epitomise Jackson's art and life. Songs that are only given a "light touch" in 'Man in the Music' could do with an entire book each. This would make such a great series to collect and own. Some of my particular favourites would be 'Man in the Mirror', 'Morphine' and 'History'. It would be quite something to read how those songs metamorphosed and grew over the years into the tracks we know and love.Whether you're an academic, a fan or spectator this book will captivate and teach you things you never knew.

  • Kerry Hennigan
    2019-05-18 07:56

    Albeit a slim volume, Joseph Vogel’s in-depth examination of Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” composition, recording and short film is a long overdue tribute to the King of Pop’s masterwork.This is the song that producer/director Kenny Ortega described as conveying Michael’s message to the world; it was, fittingly, the last song the superstar rehearsed before his untimely death on 25 June 2009.Vogel documents the birth of the song, the long and complex evolutionary process of recording, layering and re-recording of vocals and music. It is a song that transcends categories.Though labelled King of Pop, Michael Jackson was by no means a light-weight pop artist, whether writer, singer or performer. There is no better example of his art than this song and its various expositions – on disc, film and stage,Having explored the musical, cultural and environmental context and influences of this song, Vogel then looks at the critical response, which was, largely, predictable. He explains how these responses were not informed by the quality of the work, but rather by critics’ opinions on the artist and their personal musical tastes along with the mood of the times – the mid to late 90s.Few critics were able to step outside their own preconceptions of the artist, nor their own musical bias, to look at “Earth Song” objectively and see it for what it truly is – a masterwork that transcends classification and musical trends.As for the live performances, Jackson was criticized by some for his perceived “messianic” pose on stage, surrounded by raggedly dressed cast members clinging to the superstar. In an industry where on-stage ‘shock tactics’ had become the norm for some artists, Jackson’s desperate but pacifistic plea for global environmental salvation was singled out for undue criticism.But “Earth Song” has proven to be larger than its critics could ever have imagined, and, as Vogel documents, has inspired countless Michael Jackson fans to heed their hero’s call to take up the mantle of environmental activism.Even in the hereafter, Michael has the last laugh. “Earth Song” will outlive us all. In this precious little book, Joe Vogel explores and explains exactly why.

  • Nada
    2019-04-27 08:58

    The six and a-half-minutes piece that materialized over the next 7 years was unlike anything heard before in popular music. Social anthems and protest songs had long been part of the heritage of rock---but not like this. “Earth Song” was something more epic, dramatic, and primal. Its roots were deeper; its vision more panoramic. It was a modern-day “sorrow song” haunted by voices of the past; a lamentation torn from pages of the Old Testament and apocalyptic prophecy in the tradition of Blake, Yeats and Eliot.It conveyed musically what Picasso's masterful aesthetic protest Guernica, conveyed in art. Inside its swirling scenes of destruction and suffering were voices---crying, pleading, shouting to be heard (“What about us?”). I was captivated from the first page, I knew right away that this essay is a treasure! Mr. Vogel nailed the Earth Song's analysis. I'm overwhelmed with the extraordinary interpretation of Michael's masterpiece. I'm mostly glad that someone is FINALLY focusing on Michael's brilliant art. I hope Mr. Vogel keep on publishing such essays.I had to put the book down for a minute to comprehend what I just read. When I played the song itself, I was floored right away.It's a must have for every music fan and more specifically for every MJ fan.Thank you, Mr. Vogel.

  • Maame
    2019-04-27 10:15

    This book was amazing. I could not put it down once I read it. Joe Vogel did a great job finding the right resources needed to explain how this amazing song was born. Learning about this song and what Michael Jackson had to go through taught me so much about the mindset of America when it came to popular music back then. Even though we have become more environmental conscience, unfortunately there are some things I believe have not changed. It is affecting music as an art form in our country. As an music artist I find it discouraging. This song and Michael Jackson's bravery to produce and perform it regardless of what people may thought or still think gives me hope. This book is overall a beautiful book to learn more about Michael Jackson's legacy as an artist.This book is a great read for a Michael Jackson fan, researcher, or just a music buff that wants to learn more about music.

  • Sabrina
    2019-04-30 08:57

    This was a pleasure to read. I've read several books about MJ and this was a bit of departure. No scandal, not relationships, no drama. Just an indepth study of a great work or art.It's a quicker read, if you read it non-stop cover to cover, but I read it in front of my laptop and found myself pausing frequently to search You Tube for live performances of "Earth Song". It enhanced the reading experience for me greatly.The book ends rather abruptly with a pretty serious on-stage accident in Munich Germany, but I was very satisfied with it. If you're a fan, you'll enjoy it immensely.Just be aware that because the book is so thoroughly researched and documented, the actual analysis ends are the 70% mark and the last 30% is notations and sourcing.

  • Tom
    2019-05-24 10:16

    An inside look at MJ's magnum opus, "Earth Song", a stunning work of many years effort. This song was ahead of its time in 1995. Reached #1 in 15 countries worldwide and was not even released as a single in the USA because of corporate gatekeepers and the sense that americans in their mid-90's excess would not respond well at all to MJ's blistering lamentation at the state of the world. Similarly most american music critics took the song/video as over-the-top, which is a blatant misunderstanding of MJ's intent, message and artistic style.If you are not familiar with Earth Song, I'm serious, watch his music video and google the lyrics (some of the words are hard to understand during the final jeremiad call and response with the choir)

  • Alex
    2019-04-26 09:21

    Excellent on every level. And finally, finally, somebody is doing serious work on MJ's music, something most fans have been waiting for all their lives, I daresay. So that, alone, is worth at least a couple of stars :)Joe Vogel is the author of the upcoming Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson, release date is in early September. This essay anticipates what we can expect from the book, choosing to focus on a song that's just like MJ: immense and (often) immensely misunderstood. Fannish joy aside, I think this should fascinate anyone with even just a passing interest in how songs are made and in the recording business at its best.

  • Elizabeth Amisu
    2019-05-22 08:54

    Author, Joseph Vogel, is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking opus on Michael Jackson -- Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson, an expansive and holistic dynamic exploration of Jackson's solo adult works -- from Off the Wall to Invincible and beyond. An academic who has essentially built the current landscape of Michael Jackson Studies, any new release from Vogel is worthy of close attention. In Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus, the first edition published by BlakeVision books in 2011, the second in 2012, fully revised and updated, the academic book review for the second edition (which I reviewed in 2014) is available via the following link: new, third edition is reviewed in detail below, predominantly for the purpose of elucidating why Earth Song: Michael Jackson and the Art of Compassion is a worthy addition to any bookshelf. Focusing as the prior edition did, on the emphasis Jackson places on his own compassionate response, published five years after the second edition and six years after the first, both books follow a similar narrative style. One of the most salient features of the second edition (2012) was its generous use of footnotes to provide extraordinary background detail and extraneous elements, further fleshing out Jackson's creative process as well as his contexts of production and reception. One of the most noteworthy aspects of this book and any written by Vogel is his remarkable attention to necessary, important facts and insights. His analysis considers all aspects of the song, even the perspectives of Jackson's detractors. This causes the reader to question the validity of the criticism both Jackson and his work received at the time of the song and short film's original release in 1995.Vogel was easily one of the very first academics to consider Jackson's work as "art". Nowhere else is the physical touch of the artist, sculpting, moulding, shaping and birthing a creative work into life more present than in this new edition.Key differences, alterations in the new edition begin with the title, which now puts stronger emphasis on artistic vision and intention. The book consists of mini-chapters, highly focused and incredibly dense with key facts, offering a panoramic overview of the text. From 26 segmented mini-chapters in the second edition, we are now given 30 segmented chapters in the revised edition. This includes an entire segment on Man in the Mirror, preceding the We are the World segment. The segmented style, showcased throughout Man in the Music and Featuring Michael Jackson is highly useful for researchers, enabling them to dip in and out of key sections to arrive at the specific segments that offer the most to their personal point of focus. Nestled in the early section of the book is another new section -- 'Endangered Earth', which expands on the highly important debates about the climate change, which weighed heavy upon Jackson's heart and mind in the late 1980s and remain an important topic of discussion for us today, more than twenty years later, as showcased by several films and documentaries. Further new segments include 'Sunrise' and Jackson's creative connection to the Beatles and 'Heaven is Here', reiterating Jackson's deep personal and spiritual connections as evident in the track, 'rooted in the fervent jeremiads and apocalyptic passion of the Bible' (loc. 379). There is also some movement of key sections and segments into an order that greatly aids the book's readability. A trio of new segments greet readers entitled, 'Outsiders', 'Storytelling' and 'Action', which elucidate both the song and short film's journey to a new level of detail that is not available anywhere else. Especially with regards to the highly specific and original research. Vogel brings together a wide range of contextual analysis and one-to-one interviews with key players in the song's creation, including personal interviews with a wide range of people, including director, Nick Brandt. Earth Song: Michael Jackson and the Art of Compassion is a vital introduction to Jackson's creative process, critical reception and artistic afterlife. It easily offers enough new and additional material to warrant both repurchase and re-reading of owners of the book's first and second editions. It is an indispensable resource for the researchers' library, not only for the level of detail it contains but the model of analysis it illustrates.

  • Marsten
    2019-05-18 05:02

    Un gran libro!Me ha encantado esta crónica exhaustiva, brillante y bien narrada de cómo se creó, se grabó, que significaba y como se representó la canción de Earth Song de Michael Jackson. Consigue darnos una comprensión más completa y profunda de esta canción así como del proceso creativo que seguía del cantante en general (un aspecto poco documentado por los medios). Se agradecen libros singulares como este que exploren estas facetas más desconocidas o menos mediáticas del artista.Este libro no deja de ser un anexo del libro Man In The Music, del mismo autor, para centrarse y profundizar en una sola canción.Una vez leído he podido valorar de manera más profunda y consciente la grandeza de esta canción, saber apreciar las múltiples facetas que la canción tiene (tanto musicalmente como de significación). En definitiva, tenerla en una mejor estima de la que hasta ahora tenía, y a la vez, ser más consciente aún de la grandeza, perfeccionismo y compromiso social de Michael Jackson.Detecté en esta edición dos errores en las correspondencias de las numeraciones de las notas (la nº 13 no está referenciada en el texto, aunque si en las notas y la nº 70 del texto creo que corresponde a la nº 71 de las notas, con lo cual las siguientes notas van desfasadas una unidad respecto a las de los textos).Pero, a pesar de estas erratas de edición, el libro es una maravilla, se lee en un santiamén (pues es muy corto y ameno de leer) y lo recomiendo a los fans del artista.

  • Jo
    2019-04-30 07:03

    Joseph Vogel believes that "Earth Song" is the best thing that MJ ever recorded. Doesn't seem right, does it-- but he makes a compelling case and now I listen to it with new appreciation. I was a bit taken aback by this unusual stance and the passion that carried him to dedicate a whole book to the one track. He has done as much homework as one could possibly do in a time relatively scarce on MJ details to give us the background on the song's composition and production -- eight years of work! He's rightly pointed out how much it meant to Michael, how out of place it was in the cynicism of the time and even the dancing about architecture doesn't seem out of place. For all literate MJ fans, Vogel is the one to watch.

  • Tracy
    2019-05-08 11:08

    This account of the conception (1988), birth (1991) and debut (1995) of the HIStory track, "Earth Song," opened my eyes to Michael's musical craftmanship, his incredible collaborations with cream of the crop musicians, and how he used the power of music to convey his ultimate message for the world: global social awareness and unity. It highlights first-hand experiences of musicians who worked with and admired Michael's innate they molded and eventually perfected the piece... and it strongly shows, without a doubt, that this song remains his most important achievement. (He wanted to end his planned This Is It concerts in London with this performance.)

  • janie love
    2019-05-03 09:19