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Berry Gordy to pen intro for “Moonwalk” re-issue

August 13, 2009

berry-gordy(Writing and reporting by Christine Kearney)

As it gears up for a major re-issue of Michael Jackson’s autobiography “Moonwalk,” Harmony Books on Thursday said Motown founder Berry Gordy would write an introduction with his recollections of the singer he helped launch into pop superstardom.

Gordy, who also ushered the likes of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye into prominence and signed the Jackson 5 to a recording contract in 1968, will share his thoughts on why Michael rose to fame so quickly and his first impressions of the group’s audition, Harmony revealed.

The 79-year-old Gordy said at Jackson’s public memorial in July (pictured at right) that calling Jackson the King of Pop was simply “not good enough.” Instead, Gordy called him “the greatest entertainer that ever lived.”

The book, which was initially edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis along with current Harmony vice president and publisher Shaye Areheart, will go on sale Oct. 13 at a price of $25. Areheart will provide an afterword, but in between her and Gordy the story will be all Jackson’s just as originally published in 1988.

The new edition of “Moonwalk” is one of several media projects that have been announced following Jackson’s sudden death due to cardiac arrest on June 25. Columbia Pictures will make a movie with video footage of him rehearsing for a concert only days before his death, and the executors of his state are planning a traveling memorabilia show and have agreed to numerous licensing deals.

Those projects, along with increased interest and sales of Jackson’s old records, are expected to bring hundreds of millions of dollars to his estate. You can read all about it by clicking here and here.

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