Book Review: Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me
Howard Bloom shares the ins and outs of the entertainment world through Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me, a memoir of his journey throughout the history of music. The book is comprised of his experiences in the recording, publishing, radio, and film industry.
Known as the “greatest press agent” of rock and roll, as Derek Stutton has called him, Howard tells his massive contribution to legendary music artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Chaka Khan, and many more.
This is the first non-fiction book I’ve encountered with journalistic writing. The book felt more like a compilation of newspaper articles from three sections: The Editorial Page, the Entertainment Section, and the Society Page. The vivid and very detailed description of Howard’s experience with the biggest and most popular artists that spanned many generations was impressive. He is in no doubt a good philosopher and writer with expertise on science. I loved “The Einstein Imperative,” and the reason he was inspired to learn about the theory of relativity was amusing. I also found it quite funny that he had described himself as someone who didn’t grow up around human beings and didn’t know basic human rituals like having a cup of coffee.
Overall, I’m giving this 4 out of 5 stars. I think that people who love to read newspapers and get all bubbly at celebrity scoops about legendary artists would find this very interesting. It has a deeper level of music insights and stories that only a full-blooded music enthusiast would appreciate. Also, a little warning that the book doesn’t live up to its title. Don’t expect that this book is actually about Einstein or Michael Jackson because it’s not - they were only a part of Howard’s story. I thought it’d be best to spill this out now so that readers wouldn’t have expectations.
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