JOSEPH VOGEL is an Assistant Professor at Merrimack College, where his research and teaching focus on contemporary American literature, film, popular music, popular culture, environmental studies, and the 1980s. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson and two forthcoming books: James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era and Prince: The Crossover Revolution. His work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the James Baldwin Review, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, The Journal of Popular Culture, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies, as well as popular news sites, including The Atlantic, Slate, The Huffington Post, and PopMatters. He holds a PhD from the University of Rochester.
“Joseph Vogel has brilliantly cracked the DNA, the code of the work, the artistry of Michael Joseph Jackson.This is the book I have been long awaiting — a pointed, intelligent dissection of an epic body of work.” —SPIKE LEE
"The only comprehensive and critical rundown of Jackson's solo material." —ROLLING STONE
"Vogel takes the reader album-by-album, song-by-song and examines in exhaustive detail how Jackson produced a lifetime’s worth of music that became a soundtrack to the lives of millions." —ASSOCIATED PRESS
"Don’t be surprised if it makes you go back and listen…with a whole new outlook on the King of Pop.” —ZACK O'MALLEY GREENBURG, FORBES
"[Vogel] is a writer of wit, wisdom, insight and poetic finesse. [His] MJ work is the gold standard." —BARRY MICHAEL COOPER