Xscape Origins: The Songs and Stories Michael Jackson Left Behind

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 These are the stories about the real Michael Jackson; the musical genius at work. As told by the songwriters, producers, musicians, and technicians who worked intimately with him in the studio, and featuring a touching foreword written by his longtime engineer, Matt Forger. Xscape Origins: The Songs and Stories Michael Jackson Left Behind takes you inside the recording studio, delivering captivating fly-on-the-wall insights into the creative process of the greatest artistic visionary the world has ever known.

"Damien Shields has taken on the task of researching some of these songs and the stories behind their creation, and for that I thank him," says Forger. "There are so many lessons to learn from a creative genius like Michael Jackson. Just as Michael said 'study the greats and become greater,' we are now left to study how he, a poor child from a Midwestern American town, rose to be the most popular entertainer on the planet. These stories are a detailed examination of how some of the songs unreleased in his lifetime came into existence.

It is important to document the process and tell the story, not only because it s history, but also to pay tribute to a person who loved storytelling and would want the story to be told."

For the first time--featuring exclusive never-before-told stories--Xscape Origins puts all the pieces of the puzzle together to reveal how the King of Pop and his collaborators conceived and developed the original versions of "Love Never Felt So Good," "She Was Loving Me" (a.k.a. "Chicago"), "Loving You," "A Place With no Name," "Slave To The Rhythm," "Do You Know Where Your Children Are," "Blue Gangsta," and "Xscape" (a.k.a. "Escape"). 

Compiled from exclusive interviews with:
Michael Prince(Engineer, 1995-2009)
Matt Forger (Engineer, 1982-1997)
John Barnes (Composer, arranger, musician, 1983-2009)
Cory Rooney (Songwriter, producer, A&R, 1999-2001)
Fred Jerkins III (Songwrtier, producer, 1999-2001)
Brian Vibberts (Engineer, 1994-1999)
CJ deVillar (Engineer, musician, 1998-1999).

And exclusive first-hand insights from:
Rodney Jerkins (Producer, songwriter, 1999-2001)
Brad Buxer (Composer, arranger, musical director, 1989-2008)
Kathy Wakefield (Songwriter, 1973-1984)
Dr. Freeze (Songwriter, producer, 1998-2001).

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Damien Shields
 Estas son las historias sobre el verdadero Michael Jackson, el genio musical trabajando. Contadas por los compositores, productores, músicos y técnicos que trabajaron mano a mano con él en el estudio, incluyendo un emotivo prólogo escrito por su antiguo ingeniero, Matt Forger. Xscape Origins: Las Canciones e Historias que Michael Jackson Dejó Atrás, te lleva al interior del estudio de grabación,  ofreciendo fascinantes aspectos del proceso creativo del mayor artista y visionario que el mundo ha conocido.


“Damien Shields se ha enfrentado a la tarea de investigar algunas de estas canciones e historias detrás de su creación y le doy las gracias por ello”, dice Forger. “Hay muchas lecciones que aprender de un genio creativo como Michael Jackson. Como Michael decía: ‘Estudia a los grandes y te convertirás en el más grande’. Ahora ya sólo nos queda estudiar a un niño pobre de una ciudad del medio oeste americano que llegó a ser el artista más popular del planeta. La siguiente crónica es un examen detallado de cómo algunas canciones –no publicadas en su momento- llegaron a nacer.


     Es importante documentar el proceso creativo y contarlo, no sólo por el hecho histórico en sí, sino para rendir homenaje a una persona que adoraba contar historias y habría querido que la historia fuera contada”.


Por primera vez, presentando en exclusiva historias jamás contadas, Xscape Origins reúne todas las piezas del puzzle para revelar cómo el Rey del Pop y sus colaboradores concibieron y desarrollaron las versiones originales de: “Love Never Felt So Good”, “She Was Loving Me a.k.a. Chicago”, “Loving You”, “A Place With No Name”, “Slave to the Rhythm”, “Do You Know Where Your Children Are”, “Blue Gangsta” y “Xscape a.k.a. Escape”.


A partir de entrevistas exclusivas con:

Michael Prince (Ingeniero, 1995-2009)

Matt Forger (Ingeniero, 1982-1997)

John Barnes (Compositor, arreglista y músico, 1983-2009)

Cory Rooney (Compositor, productor y A&R, 1999-2001)

Fred Jerkins III (Compositor y productor, 1999-2001)

Brian Vibberts (Ingeniero, 1994-1999)

CJ deVillar (Ingeniero y músico 1998-1999).


E información exclusiva de primera mano de:

Rodney Jerkins (Productor y compositor, 1999-2001)

Brad Buxer (Compositor, arreglista y director musical, 1989-2008)

Kathy Wakefield (Compositora, 1973-1984)

Dr. Freeze (Compositor y productor, 1998-2001).


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“Damien Shields ha investigado en profundidad para ofrecernos una colección de historias, sin contar hasta ahora, detallando el origen y desarrollo de las canciones del álbum Xscape. Este libro satisfará con seguridad a toda la gama intelectual de fans de Michael Jackson, sedientos de conocer más cosas acerca de su genialidad y creatividad”. Michael Prince, ingeniero de Michael Jackson, 1995-2009.


“Xscape Origins está repleto de investigación, pero esto no es lo único que sirve para contar una historia. Además, Damien Shields ofrece valiosa información de fondo, al mismo tiempo que va llevando al lector por un viaje emocional”. Brad Sundberg, director técnico de Michael Jackson, 1985-2002.

Damien Shields
 Это истории о настоящем Майкле Джексоне, истинном музыкальном гении. Книга «Истоки Xscape: песни и истории, оставленные Майклом Джексоном» написана со слов композиторов, продюсеров, музыкантов и ассистентов, плотно сотрудничавших с Джексоном в студии, с трогательным предисловием авторства звукоинженера Джексона, Мэтта Форджера. Она отведет вас прямиком в студию звукозаписи и поведает все захватывающие детали творческого процесса величайшего артиста, которого когда-либо видел мир.«Дэмиен Шилдс взялся за непростое задание – исследовать истории возникновения этих песен, и я благодарен ему за это, – пишет Форджер. – У такого творческого гения, как Майкл, всегда можно многому научиться. Как он говорил: «Изучайте великих и становитесь более великими». И вот теперь именно нам предстоит изучить то, как он, ребенок из бедной семьи, родившийся в крохотном американском городке, стал самым популярным артистом планеты. Эти истории в деталях показывают, как появились некоторые песни, неизданные при его жизни.Очень важно задокументировать этот процесс и поведать эту историю миру, и не только потому, что это уже вошло в исторические анналы. Это нужно сделать, чтобы отдать дань тому талантливому рассказчику, которым он был. Он хотел бы, чтобы его история была рассказана».Книга «Истоки Xscape» впервые раскрывает эксклюзивные истории, собирая все кусочки паззла в целостную картину, дабы показать, как Король поп-музыки и его творческие партнеры создавали и развивали оригинальные версии песен Love Never Felt So Good, She Was Loving Me (a.k.a. "Chicago"), Loving You, A Place With no Name, Slave To The Rhythm, Do You Know Where Your Children Are, Blue Gangsta иXscape (a.k.a. "Escape").В книгу входят материалы из эксклюзивных интервью с:Майклом Принсом (звукоинженер, 1995-2009)Мэттом Форджером (звукоинженер, 1982-1997)Джоном Барнсом (композитор, аранжировщик, музыкант,1983-2009)Кори Руни (композитор, продюсер, 1999-2001)Фредом Джеркинсом III (композитор, продюсер, 1999-2001)Брайаном Виббертсом (звукоинженер, 1994-1999)Си-Джеем деВилларом (звукоинженер, музыкант, 1998-1999).Эксклюзивные рассказы очевидцев:Родни Джеркинс (продюсер, композитор, 1999-2001)Брэд Баксер (композитор, аранжировщик, музыкальный директор, 1989-2008)Кэти Уэйкфилд (композитор, 1973-1984)Dr. Freeze (композитор, продюсер, 1998-2001)
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