My rating: 4.5/5
When ‘Got to be There’ became a hit in 1972, Michael wanted to perform the song while wearing the applejack hat pictured on the cover of the album. He knew the audience would go bananas seeing him in that familiar cap, but his idea was rejected. When Donny Osmond imitated the style and started sporting a similar chapeau, the concert crowds went predictably crazy, Michael knew to always trust his instincts and it was a lesson he never forgot. Later in his career, he almost always wore variations of the white pinstripes suit when performing ‘Smooth Criminal’ and was never without a red zipper jacket if he was singing ‘Beat It’. Even years after these songs disappeared from the charts. The clothes remain inextricably linked to the lyrics and Michael made sure no one forgot them (as if we ever could). He loved his fans like few artists do and pleasing us was of utmost importance. And if sweating beneath a wolf mask during ‘Thriller’ was going to be met with jubilant enthusiasm, then he was all for it. Screams from the audience were like currency to him and in that respect, he was the wealthiest man who ever lived. -Stacey AppelMichael Jackson: Style by Stacey Appel is glamorous. I'm impressed by how light Appel's writing is, and her reliability with information. Also, the fact that this volume is innocuous to Michael's legacy is a huge bonus for us MJ fans. However, the most dazzling feature of this book is the splendid (colored) photographic fiesta that covers his style (and his major achievements) starting from his early career to This Is It.