Jan 21 2010

“Michael Jackson was extremely well-read. He had over 10,000 books”

Category: Books,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 2:02 am



Michael Loved to Read!

Michael could read upside-down too, apparently...


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 Los Angeles newspaper articles.

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.  -former Jackson attorney Bob Sanger, in an LA Weekly interview

…back when I worked at the Bookstar in Culver City, his people would have us keep the store open after hours, and he’d come in with a vanload of kids, who could buy whatever books they wanted.” -Former LA Resident Cynde Moya

He was a longtime and valued customer. –spokesperson for Hennessey + Ingalls, the renowned art and architecture bookstore in Santa Monica, in the L.A. Times piece.

Michael's Library at Neverland

A recreation of Michael's Library at Neverland - Wall to Wall books!

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10 Responses to ““Michael Jackson was extremely well-read. He had over 10,000 books””

  1. Michael Jackson: King of Academic Literature and Scholarly Study | MJJ-777 says:

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  2. MJJ-777 » Porridge, Picking Apples, and Peace: Michael Jackson in Ireland Part I says:

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  3. Robin says:

    This is one aspect of Michael’s life I wasn’t fully aware of until last year. Really fascinating. There was so much more to him than most people knew.

  4. Seven says:


    I did hear about an album that MJ was working on while in Ireland that he planned to go and finish up after the O2 shows. I am loathe to have anyone “finish” it for him, as they’d add their own touches – UNLESS RedOne (never heard of that guy) leaves things as MJ had them KEEPS it true to MJ’s original form. Otherwise, we don’t know whether we’re hearing Michael’s work or someone else’s really.

    I’ve been curious about that album too – if this is the one he was working on in Ireland. It would also be great if the proceeds went to charities MJ supported, definitely.

    I really wish he’d stayed in Ireland – it was such a great environment for him and the kids – peaceful, no mobs, fewer vultures and abusive press. He might still be alive with us today if….ah well.

  5. nessie says:

    What a great post! Follow the Book Patrol link and get even more involved understanding Michael’s desire and appreciation for books. This site may become my daily salvation from my job in a …library! Hallelujah! Hey, books are more fun when you have the time to read them, not just process them.

    Seven, I am really appreciating your efforts here! Thanks again!!

  6. Gina says:

    By the way, Seven, did you catch the news about RedOne, the producer who’s worked with Michael Jackson on a new album in 2008 and 2009? The album was never finished, but RedOne thinks he can do a good job with it, providing MJ’s estate approves. He wants to donate proceeds to charity. I’ve been SO longing to hear what kind of music Michael’s been up to!

  7. Gina says:

    She didn’t just do a fine job tutoring, but she was also mothering Michael, who needed all the love he could get on the tours. In fact, I would say her gentleness, kindness and honesty helped make him the man he became. And he certainly understood and appreciated it.

  8. Seven says:

    What’s also very sweet is that Michael and Janet took care of their tutor, Miss Fine – right up until she died. She was considered family – at least by Michael and Janet. She certainly seems to have done a fine job of tutoring!

  9. emma says:

    His book “Dancing the Dream” is such a wonderful “proof” about the well-read author.

  10. Gina says:

    That’s one of the things I admired about Michael. His tutor did a great job of kindling his interest in reading. You can tell he was well-read by his conversations. He was a thinker. When he was interviewed or did his home movies at Neverland, you can frequently see loaded bookshelves in the background. And although he visited hospitals in every new city on his tours, he also visited bookstores. Thanks for pointing this out. Just another bit that the media chose to ignore.