JERMAINE JACKSON TO WRITE HIS MEMOIR OF HIS BROTHER MICHAEL FOR FALL 2011 TOUCHSTONE PUBLICATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Marcia Burch; 212-698-2100
(March 16, 2011, New York, NY) Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has acquired Jermaine Jackson's memoir You Are Not Alone: Michael: Through a Brother's Eyes the most authoritative account from inside the Jackson music dynasty illuminating the private man, the son, the father, and the brother. Stacy Creamer, Vice President and Publisher of Touchstone, acquired North America, audio, and first serial rights from Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown London. You Are Not Alone will be published in fall 2011. The book will be published simultaneously in the UK by HarperCollins.
In this story of brotherhood, Jermaine writes a faithful and loving portrait, giving fans a close look at the complex heart, mind, and soul of the King of Pop. It is a frank but sophisticated examination of the human, not the legend, with revealing insights and no subject off limits. It is written as a full and final understanding of who he was, why he was, and what shaped Michael Jackson.
Jermaine was Michael's true confidante who spoke up for him in life and now speaks up for his memory in death. You Are Not Alone invites the reader into the rarefied world of Michael's life from childhood to stardom; from his homes in Gary, Indiana to Neverland, California; from the stage to the courts; from Jackson 5 and Motown to a global solo career and Sony. The book examines his true relationships with Joseph and Katherine, and the different characters that surrounded him. We witness his private anguish during the infamous 2005 child molestation trial when Jermaine stood by his brother through his darkest hour. We re-live the final weeks of his life, the politics, the AEG rehearsals, the police investigation, and the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.
From start to finish, this book is an expert witness to history from the inside.
The end result is Michael Jackson as never seen before: raw, human, and desperate to be understood. You Are Not Alone will, without doubt, alter the way the world views him, humanizing someone whose own fame was dehumanizing.
"This book commemorates Michael's life," said Jermaine. "The forthcoming trial of Dr. Murray surrounds Michael's death, but none of us wish for those proceedings to stand as the final word on how he is remembered. We want the world to remember his truth, his legacy, and some wonderful memories we shared as brothers, as a family. We don't want Michael's life to be an eternal mystery. I have read so much about what people claim to know about Michael, and I've heard countless people talk as if they knew him better than his own family. This book's blood is thicker and truer than water. It is about what really happened and who he really was, representing the things he never got the chance to say, based on what we know, based on what he shared."
"As a lifelong fan of Michael Jackson and of Jermaine Jackson I am thrilled to be publishing You Are Not Alone," commented Creamer. "Jermaine's book will offer a unique view of the real Michael Jackson, a perspective only a very few people could possibly have. As his brother and close confidante since they were children, Jermaine can explain Michael in a way that, in life, Michael was never able to articulate himself."
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