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"Bless His Soul: The Agony, The Ecstasy, & The Destiny of Michael Jackson"

This book is about the coming of age of Michael Jackson and how the events in his life between 1975 and 1978 were lyrically verbalized and musically communicated in The Jacksons’ 1978 album entitled Destiny. This is a musicological study that includes an abundance of analytical commentary. It's a book for the serious Michael Jackson fan...for musicians, musicologists, and studio professionals and true students of pop culture.

“Bless His Soul: The Agony, the Ecstasy, & the Destiny of Michael Jackson” is an examination of how Jackson processed and documented his human experience during a tumultuous period in his life that eventually gave birth to his superstar status and his greatest work five years later (Thriller).

Cover Artist Martha Harvin

Cover Artist Martha Harvin

The author is thrilled that the cover artist for "Bless His Soul" is none other than Martha Harvin! Martha Harvin, better known to the world as Martha High, has a singing career that began with the Jewels. Noticed by “The Godfather of Soul,” Mr. James Brown, Martha and The Jewels went on the road to perform with him in his famous James Brown Review. Martha remained with him for 32 years becoming the only female to have performed with him for that length of time.

 

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"Bless His Soul" will be released on December 17, 2017, on the 39th anniversary of the release of the Destiny album! 

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“‘Bless His Soul’ is a raw in depth look into the shaping of what would be Michael Jackson’s finest, most earth-shattering moment as the world’s greatest entertainer and artist. Many will never understand the level of commitment and sacrifice this musician had to make, especially navigating through a tough industry to find his lane and make his mark on music (by his own standards). Family is love and family can be tough. So breaking away was essential, but not easy when on the voyage of self-discovery. But he found himself, right? And with that, he made the world love, think, dream, sing, show compassion and dance like no other. Thanks Roi for showing this side of MJ.”

~Christopher Barnes: Producer of Musiq Soulchild, Ledisi, and solo recording artist

In “Bless His Soul,” the author does a great job of chronicling the growth of Michael Jackson as a performer and writer during what he penned as the King of Pop’s formative years (1975-1978). Having grown up with The Jackson 5, I started deejaying at 12 years old. What an unforgettable experience! The J5 were like The Beatles to the black community, appealing to fans from 8 to 80. If you’re an MJ fan, as I am, get it! Great read!

~Guy Brody, Veteran Radio & Television Personality