J. Randy Taraborrelli

This is one of my favorite authors, I only have 3 of his 19 books, I am working my way through them slowly, so the next couple of posts are about the ones I’ve read and highly recommend, this is a brief intro to this wonderful story teller!

If no- one has heard or read any then I can’t tell you how much you need to go and grab a copy, GO.. Go!

Right, back? Amazing stories right?

J. Randy is a famous biographer who has an array of varying different artists and topics to date he has a total of 19 works:

  •  Diana: A Celebration of the Life and Career of Diana Ross (1985)
  • Cher – A Biography (1986; updated in 1992)
  • Motown: Hot Wax, City Cool and Solid Gold (1986; updated in 1988)
  • Laughing Till It Hurts – The Complete Life and Career of Carol Burnett (1988)
  • Call Her Miss Ross (1989; updated in 2007 as Diana Ross – A Biography)
  • Michael Jackson – The Magic and the Madness (1991; updated in 2003 and 2004. In 2009, the book was updated as Michael Jackson – The Magic, the Madness, the Whole Story)
  • Sinatra – Behind the Legend (1997; updated in 1998 and 2015)
  • Jackie, Ethel and Joan: Women of Camelot (2000)
  • Madonna – An Intimate Biography (2001; updated in 2002 & 2007)[2]
  • Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairytale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier (2003)
  • Elizabeth (2006)
  • The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2009)
  • Michael Jackson – The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story” (2009)
  • After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family – 1968 to Present (2012)
  • The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty (2014)
  • Sinatra – Behind The Legend (rewritten and updated) (2015)
  • Becoming Beyoncé – The Untold Story (2015)
  • Jackie, Janet & Lee (2017)

The first thing I must say about them is do not be afraid of the size of his books, he researches down to the last detail so on average a book is around 500 pages! So be prepared to invest a little time into them, but once you start you won’t be able to put them down! If you do like to take time reading then it’s a perfect summer read around the pool/beach.


My little collection so far..

My first book by the author was Michael Jackson: The magic and the madness, I’m a huge MJ fan and felt the book is perfectly broken down to make the book easy and enjoyable to read. There’s so much to say about each book I have read so they will be discussed in a further post.  There are few of his in my upcoming wish list of books, I cannot recommend him enough.

Are they any J.Randy fans out there if so, let me know your thoughts or recommendations!

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