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!
One of the most uplifting books ever written about Michael Jackson! Thank you for sharing this with the world.
After years passed finally bought this book from Amazon . Who knew this guy ( Michael Jackson ) was being treated badly by his handlers living off officially a his name to have what wanted. Sad he didn't know what he didn't have in his accounts anymore and his credit cards being declined . And how these body guards stayed beside him for him and his kids safety using their own money and credit cards to see them through their tuff times with him when his so called trusted handlers couldn't come up with the money to pay them that was owed to them for taking care of security and special request from Michael and his kids. I'm proud of these guys going the extra mile for Michael and I know Michael appreciated them for it. He knew what was going on but like they said in the book he had no control over anything anymore. Michael got a raw deal and haters etc after his court battle 2005. I never believed for one minute he was a child molester in anyway. I Believe he was innocent !! He cared, had a heart of gold. They the media , press etc helped bring him down to look like a Monster that he truly wasn't . Thank you for this book and the insight Michael really went through in the last few years of his life. U guys seen a side of Michael no one else did or cared to know about him. Scared, sad and the torment . God bless for being there through his darkest time and to know he appreciated and trusted in you . U guys was he's angels . Still getting teary eyed from this book. I actually could feel his sadness and the torment. And the love for his children and being a great father and was very devoted in protecting them in anyway he could because who he was . Those kids meant the world to him ! And his true fans he soo deeply appreciated ! Now he's in a place out side of the cage he felt that surrounded him free to walk around with out disguises . L.O.V.E MJ R.I.P. always in our hearts ... Never forgotten !!!!
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