Hounded by the tabloid media, driven from his self-made sanctuary at Neverland, Michael Jackson spent his final years moving from city to city, living with his three children in virtual seclusion - a futile attempt to escape a world that wouldn’t leave him alone. During that time, two men served as the singer’s personal security team: Bill Whitfield, a former cop and veteran of the security profession, and Javon Beard, a brash, untested rookie, both single fathers themselves.
Stationed at his side nearly 24/7, their job was to see and hear everything that transpired, and to keep everyone else out, making them the only two men who know what 60 million fans around the world still want to know: What really happened to the King of Pop?Driven by a desire to show the world who Michael Jackson truly was, Whitfield and Beard have produced the only definitive, first-person account of Michael Jackson’s last years: the extreme measures necessary to protect Jackson and his family, the simple moments of happiness they managed to share in a time of great stress, the special relationship Jackson shared with his fans, and the tragic events that culminated in the singer’s ill-fated comeback, This Is It. The truth is far more compelling than anything you’ve yet heard.
An indispensable piece of pop-culture history, Remember the Time is the story of a man struggling to live a normal life under extraordinary circumstances, the story of a father fighting to protect and provide for his children.
Remember the Time is the book that dismantles the tabloid myths once and for all to give Michael Jackson back his humanity.
©2014 Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Absolutely! I almost didn't buy this book because I have NO interest in reading a sordid "MJ tell-all" and I was so pleasantly surprised that this book is the exact opposite.
I liked that it literally restores his humanity and the authors really truly and genuinely cared about him, his kids and his well-being. To me, that makes a WORLD of difference. The only thing that was a little offputting was the man who read for Javon. SInce Javon was supposed to be younger than Bill, it was weird that the man reading for him sounded like he was all of 60+ years old. But it did give a great contrast so it was clear whose account you were listening to so I guess it served its purpose.
There are so many awesome scenes in this book I definitely can't pick just one. But one of the funniest was when Bill told people in the store that the man behind the mask was Prince and they left them alone and the fact that MJ got a kick out of that. So cute! OH, and also the scene where MJ had no problems with his fans sitting outside of his house all day. That really shocked me. I always heard that he loved his fans but all celebs say that, right? He really and truly LOVED his fans.
Michael Jackson, the human.
Anyone on the fence about purchasing this book, by all means do it! If you ever wanted to know the human side of MJ and how much his kids really loved him and how much he truly loved his fans. Just an awesome book that I'm so glad I took a chance on. This is my first and last MJ "tell-all" book. I am convinced no other book could do his legacy this much justice.
J.F., CA. I am a voracious "bookaholic" who enjoys many different genres. I am often listening to/reading multiple books at the same time.
I have read many biographies on Jackson - some unbiased, some questionable. With all that happened in the last few decades of his life, one struggles to decide on what the truth really is. This book talks about the human being that Jackson was - the loving parent, the kind decent person, his struggles to find people he can trust and more than anything, the of often sad lonely person he was. He was a dichotomy - a brilliant talent but someone who desperately lack basic money skills like managing his earnings, prioritizing his financial responsibilities or even knowing how to use a credit card. This book was written without the authors attributing more significance to there place in Jackson's life as many would do. Another reviewer said this and I will echo it too - this will be my last book on Jackson. Thank you Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. I hope this book does well.
Their dedication to Michael and willingness to face the backlash of writing this book, simply to get out the truth!
All of it! So thankful that Michael and his children had these amazing men in their lives, but sad that so many people tried to keep them away. :(
Thank you to everyone that helped make this book happen, and thank you Audible for putting it in my recommendations! A MUST read for any true Jackson fan!
It was fascinating learning so much about Michael Jackson's personal life and what he was like as a person, not a celebrity. A really great story that held my interest the whole way through - I actually looked forward to my commutes so I could listen to what would happen next. His kids have always been such a mystery, I really enjoyed getting to know them in this book too, and my heart breaks for them losing their father.
I don't usually read this type of book, so the only other one I have read that is similar is "Open" by Andre Agassi
Bill of course!
Yes! Laugh, cry, anger, grief and warmth
You gotta get this book - it really is great!
I enjoyed it and I thought it showed what a great man Michael was. How he loved God and family. I can understand why he had a hard time trusting!
He was and is the great3st who ever entertained! I wish someone could have saved him.
For those who want to know about Michael Jackson the man, not the performer. This intimate look is a must read. The audio performance is excellent.
Interesting book about Michael Jackson's life. I enjoyed the descriptions about his love for his kids. It showed that the media exaggerated a lot of things about him.
It was kinda boring at time.
The guards were very loyal to him. They could've trashed him because they didn't always receive their salaries when they should have, but they didn't.
It could have been cut in half.
The narration is very poor these sound like the same guys audible used for the montford point marines book and I wish the would stop using these guys. They do not talk with fluidity.
The superficiality of this book is disappointing. They provide just enough info to keep your ear open in anticipation but it never transcends to the point of anything either sensational or truly insightful about the man.
The following is a small excerpt that tipifies the book for me:
MJ tells the goons they need to pick up the governess from the airport, and one of the goons asks if he meant nanny, MJ says "yes", goon says "why not just say nanny then," MJ says, "You guys need to read more."
They use this exchange to highlight MJ's disconnect. Then the goons talk about what incredibly loyalloyal goons the were, followed by how cute the kids were, and the book just spirals down the toilet in this fashion.
So there you have it, some guys that need to "read more" wrote a book, I think everyone should be alerted to this unadvertised paradigm before buying so you can really think about what that means.
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