Remember the Time

Remember the Time

Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days

Book - 2014
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Michael Jackson's former bodyguards reveal the amazing truths of the superstar's final 2 years--his life in hiding with his children, the financial crises that forced him into the ill-fatedThis Is It tour, and the events that led to his shocking death.
On the brink of financial ruin and driven from his beloved sanctuary at Neverland , Michael Jackson spent his final years living like a nomad, moving his 3 children from the Middle East to Ireland to Las Vegas to Virginia and finally back to Los Angeles, living in near-total seclusion in a futile attempt to escape a world that wouldn't leave him alone.
Starting with Jackson's secret return to the U.S. in 2006, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard--a veteran security professional and a brash, untested rookie, both single fathers themselves--served as the singer's personal security team. Stationed at his side nearly 24/7, they were the gatekeepers between Michael and the outside world, making them the only 2 men who know what 60 million fans around the world are still desperate to find out: What really happened to the King of Pop?; How Michael and his children stayed under the radar from day to day; the efforts required to give the 3 kids some semblance of a normal life; the simple joys they found to fill their days; the true extent of Michael's financial crises (Whitfield and Beard were often not paid for months); the open warfare with the Jackson family; and the star's increasing paranoia--the truth is far more compelling than anything previously reported.
An indispensable piece of pop-culture history, Remember the Time is the heartfelt story of a tragic and troubled family, the devastating cost of fame, and the lengths to which a father will go to protect and provide for his children.Remember the Time dismantles the tabloid myths once and for all and gives Michael Jackson back his humanity.

Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2014
ISBN: 9780345812483
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 WHI
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Colby, Tanner
Beard, Javon

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ArapahoeHollyR Aug 28, 2017

Respectful and detailed account of Jackson's final months from one of his personal bodyguards. A sensitive, careful assessment of Jackson's life and career - not a book full of tabloid-gossip or rumors.

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rpavlacic
Oct 21, 2014

Michael Jackson got a raw deal from the mainstream press. This book, a first person account by two of his bodyguards, sheds some light into the last three years of his life. The extremes went to to protect his children's privacy bordered on insanity - for example he destroyed an expensive pool camera that had already been disconnected by his posse. Far more disturbing was the state of his finances. On one hand, his credit was so bad he had to put down a thousand dollar deposit to get a cell phone then promptly fell into arrears on the bill. On another, managing to get a credit card but not knowing he had to activate it, forcing his entourage to put a very expensive toy bill on their cards - in the middle of the night. Also gives a very disturbing picture of the last months of his life, including his own concern he might not be able to complete the fifty show stand he had signed up for. For a man who was the relentless pursuit of perfection, he certainly did not deserve to die so early - even if it had been by natural causes, which we know it was not. Even if you're not a fan of MJ, you'll see him in a different light after reading this book.

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Kchaiso
Oct 15, 2014

If you're looking for a bunch of conspiracies or speculations about Jackson's life, this isn't the book. Told by his two body guards, the book reads more of a day to day / what it was honestly like to work for Jackson, as well as offer some details about the disastrous financial state that Jackson was in in his later years. Engaging and sympathetic without getting too personal, I would recommend this to anyone who was / is a fan of Jackson.

teddypawz Aug 26, 2014

There is no doubt he has mastered the music industry. Finances were not his thing and he got taken advantage of, being the King of Pop. He finally can be at peace.

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