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Random House buys rights to Jackson autobiography

Reuters / July 26, 2009

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NEW YORK - Publishers including Random House have bought the rights to reprint Michael Jackson’s best-selling 1988 autobiography, “Moonwalk,’’ Random House said Friday.

The book, in which the late pop icon talks of his fame, music career, and family, will be released in October following his death last month. It will sell for $25.

The US and Canadian rights were bought by Harmony Books, an imprint of Random House. Harmony will print an initial run of 100,000 copies.

Harmony Books spokesman Campbell Wharton declined to comment on the terms of the deal made with Jackson’s estate.

The book deal was finalized by Shaye Areheart, Harmony’s publisher who was Jackson’s original editor at Doubleday.

In the book Jackson discusses figures like Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Brooke Shields, his sister Janet, and his father, Joe, with whom he had a tumultuous relationship.

Random House said it will soon reveal which entertainment figure close to Jackson will write a new introduction.

“This new edition of ‘Moonwalk’ will continue to celebrate his life and career and show an extraordinary side of Michael that many have not seen,’’ Areheart said.

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