THE JACKSONS LEGACY (The Jacksons with Fred Bronson) is our official book, chronicling our life of 50 years in music, with rare & unseen photos from our family archives. The book is now available in English, French, German and Spanish on Amazon. #JacksonsLegacy
"I was really into baseball. I came up with the idea to have a guitar made with a baseball bat for the neck and a glove for the body. I still have this! Every once in a while I take it out and play a few chords, but it's awkward - it doesn't feel like a guitar. Probably because it isn't! "
- Tito Jackson
12 October 2017
Size: 27.7 x 21.6cm ISBN: 9780500519639 Over 1000 illustrations
THE FIRST OFFICIAL BOOK CREATED BY THE JACKSONS THEMSELVES, THIS DEFINITIVE PUBLICATION TELLS THE LEGENDARY GROUP’S STORY IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Created with unprecedented contributions from Jackie, Tito and Marlon, The Jacksons: Legacy is an uplifting, feel-good storybook that tells the story of the group in their own words. It features individual pieces from each of the brothers plus anecdotes and quotations from themselves and their close friends and family. Alongside the text is a mind-blowing collection of never-before-seen visual material carefully curated from tens of thousands of photographs obtained as a result of an unrivalled level of access to the private archives and collections of Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson and their mother Katherine Jackson. Images include intensely personal family pictures; ephemera shots of the first guitars the boys ever held; top photographer Harrison Funk’s exclusive coverage of their professional lives, including their stellar Victory tour; photos of Michael Jackson on tour with his brothers at the time of the release of Off The Wall (1979) and during 1982 when Thriller, the best-selling album of all time, was first released; editions of teen and black culture magazines featuring the family; and swathes of trademarked merchandise that are the ultimate evidence of the band’s mass-market appeal, right down to Jacksons-branded breakfast cereal boxes with giveaway 7” records attached.
Published by Thames & Hudson to coincide with the 50th anniversary of ‘Big Boy’, their debut single on small Chicago label Steeltown Records, and taking its visual lead from their own hit cartoon show, The Jacksons: Legacy creates that same magic feeling you get when you play one of their records. Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Michael Jackson were founding members of the first breakthrough black pop band, The Jackson 5, later to become The Jacksons when they moved to the Epic label and Randy replaced Jermaine. Their incredible joint and solo careers have spanned 50 years, netted them countless hits, and earned them their immortal reputation as frontmen of the Royal Family of Pop and deserving members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.