Friday, June 26, 2009

Bonus Material: The World Loses Michael Jackson
By Hannah Johnson in Publishing Perspectives

OK, today's bonus material is not entirely about books, but as members of the media and entertainment sector, publishers cannot ignore it. Michael Jackson died of sudden cardiac arrest yesterday on June 25 in Los Angeles, California. MJ, the "king of pop," defined pop culture around the world for years. People immediately gathered in Harlem at the Apollo Theater and in Los Angeles at Michael Jackson's home to mourn his death.
The BBC broadcast a live streaming video for hours after MJ's death. His Wikipedia entry was updated in minutes with details of his death.
Apple iTunes raised the price of his hit songs from 99 cents to $1.29. Moon Walk was Michael Jackson's first autobiography. The book was published in 1988 by Doubleday.
In the book, Jackson talks about plastic surgery on his chin and the various environmental factors that altered his facial structure. Doubleday, might this be a good time to release a commemorative edition of Moon Walk?When can we expect the first book about Michael Jackson's life and death?
READ: Michael Jackson's Wikipedia entry
SEE: Michael Jackson through the ages
BUY: (while the price is still low) Michael Jackson's first autobiography, Moon Walk

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