'The Jacksons: Legacy' is the first ever official book on the the Royal Family of Pop. This major volume reveals the untold, unseen and utterly unforgettable story behind the legend that is the Jacksons. Four specially commissioned chapters deftly weave together an unprecedented 12 days’ worth of exclusive interviews with the brothers, recounted in their own words, with contributions from key players throughout their careers. The compelling tale unfolds from their childhood days living at 2300 Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana, through the years signed to Motown as the Jackson 5, their radical move to Epic as The Jacksons, the blossoming of their solo careers, the dizzying successes of the Victory tour, and right up to the present day. Published to coincide with their 50th anniversary, 'The Jacksons: Legacy' is the definitive behind-the-scenes chronicle of the Jacksons’ lives and careers, celebrating 50 years of one of the greatest acts of all time. The historic book release is available in English, French, Spanish and German in all great bookstores (US/CAN: OCT 24) & online.
12 October 2017
Size: 27.7 x 21.6cm ISBN: 9780500519639 Over 1000 illustrations
Created with unprecedented contributions from Jackie, Tito and Marlon, The Jacksons: Legacy is an uplifting, feel-good storybook that tells the story of the group in their own words. It features individual pieces from each of the brothers plus anecdotes and quotations from themselves and their close friends and family. Alongside the text is a mind-blowing collection of never-before-seen visual material carefully curated from tens of thousands of photographs obtained as a result of an unrivalled level of access to the private archives and collections of Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson and their mother Katherine Jackson. Images include intensely personal family pictures; ephemera shots of the first guitars the boys ever held; top photographer Harrison Funk’s exclusive coverage of their professional lives, including their stellar Victory tour; photos of Michael Jackson on tour with his brothers at the time of the release of Off The Wall (1979) and during 1982 when Thriller, the best-selling album of all time, was first released; editions of teen and black culture magazines featuring the family; and swathes of trademarked merchandise that are the ultimate evidence of the band’s mass-market appeal, right down to Jacksons-branded breakfast cereal boxes with giveaway 7” records attached.
Published by Thames & Hudson to coincide with the 50th anniversary of ‘Big Boy’, their debut single on small Chicago label Steeltown Records, and taking its visual lead from their own hit cartoon show, The Jacksons: Legacy creates that same magic feeling you get when you play one of their records. Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Michael Jackson were founding members of the first breakthrough black pop band, The Jackson 5, later to become The Jacksons when they moved to the Epic label and Randy replaced Jermaine. Their incredible joint and solo careers have spanned 50 years, netted them countless hits, and earned them their immortal reputation as frontmen of the Royal Family of Pop and deserving members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.