Michael Jackson “Extremely Well-Read”

Article posted on Book Patrol  – July 2, 2009

The King of Pop a dweeby book lovin’ geek?

Apparently so, and hooray. He was an avid reader who had an appropriately majestic library at Neverland that held 10,000 volumes on its shelves, according to two recent Los Angeles newspaper articles.

In the midst of a lengthy interview in the L.A. Weekly, Jackson attorney Bob Sanger revealed the following as his last of three golden attributes that defined the Gloved One.

“Michael was extremely well-read…I knew Michael, but I got to know him a lot better at the trial. The judge was doing jury selection, and it was time for break. Judge Melville said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to know that jury service is very, Tvery important.’ He’s trying to convince people not to have stupid excuses to get out of jury service. All judges do this. He says, ‘The jury system is a very time-honored system. It’s been around for 200 years. We’re going to take a break and come back in 15 minutes.’

“We stand up and the judge leaves, and Michael turns to me and says, ‘Bob, the jury system is much older than 200 years, isn’t it?’ I said, ‘Well, yeah, it goes back to the Greeks.’ He says, ‘Oh yeah, Socrates had a jury trial, didn’t he?’ I said, ‘Yeah, well, you know how it turned out for him.’ Michael says, ‘Yeah, he had to drink the hemlock.’ That’s just one little tidbit. We talked about psychology, Freud and Jung, Hawthorne, sociology, black history and sociology dealing with race issues. But he was very well read in the classics of psychology and history and literature.

“He loved to read. He had over 10,000 books at his house. And I know that because – and I hate to keep referring to the case, because I don’t want the case – the case should not define him. But one of the things that we learned – the DA went through his entire library and found, for instance, a German art book from 1930-something. And it turned out that the guy who was the artist behind the book had been prosecuted by the Nazis. Nobody knew that, but then the cops get up there and say, ‘We found this book with pictures of nude people in it.’ But it was art, with a lot of text. It was art. And they found some other things, a briefcase that didn’t belong to him that had some Playboys in it or something. But they went through the guy’s entire house, 10,000 books. And it caused us to do the same thing, and look at it.”

“And there were places that he liked to sit, and you could see the books with his bookmarks in it, with notes and everything in it where he liked to sit and read. And I can tell you from talking to him that he had a very – especially for someone who was self-taught, as it were, and had his own reading list – he was very well-read. And I don’t want to say that I’m well-read, but I’ve certainly read a lot, let’s put it that way, and I enjoy philosophy and history and everything myself, and it was very nice to talk to him, because he was very intellectual, and he liked to talk about those things. But he didn’t flaunt it, and it was very seldom that he would initiate the conversation like that, but if you got into a conversation like that with him, he was there.”

Source: http://www.bookpatrol.net/2009/07/michael-jackson-extremely-well-read-had.html#.UI5upo4cvao


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10 Responses to Michael Jackson “Extremely Well-Read”

  1. sanemjfan says:

    Hey! Here is the video of the interview of Bob Sanger that is referenced in that article! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAiytJff_ZY


  2. Yes! Michael was an intellectual, intelligent a genius in his craft!! I wish all of his books and things that belonged to him were preserved and be put in a permanent exhibit in a Museum..Michael you will never be forgotten, Never!


  3. Did you know that Walt Disney lived for many years at 306 N Carrolwood Drive? Where he had his trains and after his passing in the early 60’s all his memorabilia was removed to the Griffity Park in Los Angeles, but the address of his foundation still at 306 N Carolwood Dr. Just a block from 100 N Carollwood Dr. The last residence of Michael Jackson. Interesting, right? I think Michael knew that.


  4. ljmissmj says:

    I love love love hearing these kinds of things about Michael. For me he was always a well educated and well spoken individual. Michael had a true thirst for knowledge. He is an amazing human being. I miss him so much. I’m listening to Rock with You right now, and tears came to my eyes all of a sudden. I miss him so much family.. (ljmjssmj aka lkj)


  5. SGAA says:

    Michael was an intellectual and spiritual human being and I believe these go hand in hand at times. MJ once said “I read everything, I love to study” and as time passes, people are beginning to see what and who he was all about. Thank you for posting this and bringing yet another side of him so many do not know.


  6. Pingback: ‘Barbershop Books’- Right up Michael Jackson’s Alley – | mjjjusticeproject

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