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Frank Cascio book deal *** UPDATE NOVEMBER 2011***
« on: January 26, 2011, 07:56:42 PM »
Took it out of the tabloid session, since it comes from Frank's twitter


On Wednesday 26th January 2011, @fdcascio said:

I can't wait to introduce the world to "My Friend Michael"


LIFELONG FRIEND OF MICHAEL JACKSON, FRANK CASCIO,
TO PUBLISH “MY FRIEND MICHAEL” WITH WILLIAM MORROW

Most Candid, Detailed Portrait of Pop Icon to Include
Many Never-Before-Seen Photos


New York, NY (January 25, 2011) – William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher today announced an agreement to publish the memoir MY FRIEND MICHAEL: Growing Up with the King of Pop by producer and lifelong Jackson friend, Frank Cascio.

The memoir, scheduled for Fall 2011, will chronicle Cascio’s relationship with Michael Jackson over 25 years and reveal the inside, behind-the-scenes story of the Michael that Cascio knew as the performer’s friend and closest confidante, offering the most candid, moving, and detailed portrait of the pop icon. The book will also include photos never before seen by the public.

Cascio intends to dedicate a portion of his proceeds from the book to charities benefiting children around the world. He plans to start with an organization that has been building housing, schools and orphanages in Haiti since the devastating earthquake that left many children without families. Details of his plans will be announced in the coming months.

Acquiring editor Matt Harper says “For more than 25 years, Frank was fortunate enough to be one of the few people that Michael Jackson chose to have around him. In that time he witnessed many of the singer’s most private and public moments firsthand, and with this book, Frank will share a side of Michael that only a handful of people have seen--a side that will set the record straight and change how people think about this often misunderstood icon.”

In MY FRIEND MICHAEL, Cascio tells the full story of his life with Michael, offering an uplifting and definitive account of the superstar’s life from someone who lived it alongside him during the most controversial times of Michael’s life. What emerges is an emotional new side of the “King of Pop,”––a human one that was at times unremarkably average but also terribly scarred by his life in the spotlight both on and off the stage. Packed with never-before-seen photos, amazingly insightful revelations, personal anecdotes, and private moments that are essential for every Michael Jackson fan, this book is a treasury of Michael Jackson lore, one that both celebrates his life and presents him as the special person that he really was.

World Rights to the book were acquired by William Morrow Senior Editor, Matt Harper from Matthew Guma of the Guma Agency.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Frank Cascio, an entrepreneur and producer who splits his time between New York, Los Angeles, and Germany, knew Michael Jackson for more than 25 years, including serving as his personal manager for nearly a decade from the 90's into the '00's . During that time, Cascio developed and co-produced “The Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Celebration, Madison Square Garden,” was co-producer and creative director of “The Michael Jackson Interview: Footage You Were Never Meant to See,” executive producer and creative director in collaboration with Brett Ratner on “Michael Jackson Private Home Movies,” which aired on Fox in 2003.
Cascio is a co-founder and partner in the private equity platform, IMPERIAL™. Through this platform, he and his partners, entertainment attorney, Eric Lerner, and venture capitalist, Sean Koh, deploy strategic capital to their portfolio companies in the areas of film and television development and production, media, technology and music publishing.
He is also part of the music production trio DTC based in Berlin, Germany.
ABOUT HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS:
HarperCollins, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world including the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children's Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and HarperCollins India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, mystery, romance, reference, religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history HarperCollins has published some of the world's foremost authors and has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers on the Internet at http://www.harpercollins.com.
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Re: Frank Cascio book deal
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2011, 08:23:07 PM »
Whilst I don't want to see Michael's friends sell him out, I quite welcome this (I think) to redress the balance of all the hideous books out there.

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Re: Frank Cascio book deal
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011, 08:28:30 PM »
Isnt it scary how paranoid we've all become?
I guess we just have to cross our fingers, wait and see. It could be a great book, helping to clean Michael's image, or another piece of crap.  :confused:

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Re: Frank Cascio book deal
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2011, 08:31:26 PM »
 :hmmm: while I have met and seen Frank around Michael Im really not sure about this book. Something just dosnt feel right, maybe its cos of all the song conroversy , I kinda lost a bit of respect for him. He stayed silent all these years , very few other than the fan community even knew he was close to Michael, so why is he selling out now? Maybe cos so many employees, friends etc are now writing books, that its a case of overload and smells of making money out of Michael

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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2011, 08:40:47 PM »
If you think about it, if he genuinely wants to tell the world what a beautiful and normal guy Michael was, he cant help making money out of it. We dont know if he's gonna keep it, maybe he'll give it away to charity (like Klein :toofunny:)? The Cascio arent precisely homeless, they dont need the cash, I believe.
I agree with you,  :moony:, the infamous songs dont make me too optimistic, but I dont want to believe even them are going to backstab Mike.

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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2011, 08:41:24 PM »
@ :moony: I believe that anyone digging around before looking for stories on Michael would have come across the Cascio name, so I do think there is a good chance that they have been offered money before.  Of course anyone making money out of their friendship with Michael doesn't sit right with any of us but equally I want there to be more positive books out there (assuming this is one of course).

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Re: Frank Cascio book deal Update November 2011
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2011, 11:30:47 AM »
http://abcnews.go.com/US/Conrad_Murray_Trial/michael-jacksons-secret-world-doctors-hospital-grade-sedatives/story?id=14881055&singlePage=true#.TrUPmPTz25k

Michael Jackson's Secret World: Willing Doctors, Hospital-Grade Sedatives

By ALICE GOMSTYN (@AliceGomstyn) and CHRIS CONNELLY
Nov. 4, 2011
The involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the cardiologist accused of causing the death of Michael Jackson, has offered a glimpse of the pop icon's secret world -- one dominated by powerful prescription drugs that ultimately claimed his life.

In Murray's trial, the prosecution argued that the array of drugs that Murray prescribed Jackson -- the anesthetic propofol, as well as the pre-anesthetic drug midazolam and lorazepam, an anti-anxiety drug -- and Murray's failure to properly monitor his patient was a recipe for disaster.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, after receiving a fatal dose of propofol.

The defense claimed that Jackson injected himself with the lethal dose and that Murray had been trying to wean Jackson off of propofol. He prescribed it, lawyers said, to combat Jackson's insomnia, which, the defense said, was a side effect of Jackson's prior dependence on the narcotic painkiller Demerol.

Jackson used to be injected with that drug by his dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, during painful dermatology treatments and, perhaps, by others.

Klein told ABC News' Jim Avila that redacted medical records presented during Murray's trial about Jackson receiving Demerol were not his records, though he conceded that he gave Jackson Demerol.

However, he added, it would be "nonsense" to believe Jackson was dependent on the drug.

"He was never addicted to narcotics," Klein said. "People have drugs of choice, sir. His choice was propofol."

Klein called propofol a "highly dangerous" drug that should not be used for sleep.

"But, unfortunately, when you're at that level of wealth, doctors will do anything for you," Klein said. "So I'm just telling you that this has been a long problem."

While it was barred from being discussed at Murray's trial, Jackson's issues with prescription drugs and enabling doctors went back years.

"He was getting a number of different prescriptions from a number of different names," said spiritual guru and former endocrinologist Deepak Chopra, a friend of Jackson's. "This is a common thing amongst celebrity addicts because they demand what they want and there are certain kinds of doctors who will give it to them."

Frank Cascio, a longtime friend of Jackson's, said the singer was like a father to him. But in later years, Cascio said, he took it upon himself to keep Jackson's enabling doctors at bay, as he describes in his book, "My Friend Michael," which will be published Nov. 15.

Read more about Frank Cascio's book, "My Friend Michael," here.

"Don't get me wrong. There were some great doctors," Cascio said. "There were some doctors that were absolutely fantastic."

But then there were, as Cascio calls them, the "random people" -- doctors, he said, who saw Jackson as "a money pit."

"They were just selfish, disgusting doctors that knew they would get paid," Cascio said. "They would, like, push [medications] on him because they knew he would pay them."

As a teen, Cascio was on tour with Jackson with Mexico City in 1993 when Jackson was swept off to rehab by his good friend, screen legend Elizabeth Taylor.

"Elizabeth takes us aside and says to us, 'We're going to get him out of the country after the show. He's going to go to London,'" Cascio remembered.

Jackson would later release a videotaped statement to his fans, announcing he had undergone "treatment for a dependency on pain medications."

Years later, Cascio began working for Jackson. He said he would keep Jackson's stashes of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the narcotic painkiller Percocet or the sedative Valium out of Jackson's reach at night.

"I wanted to always make sure I had them with me and not have anything in his room where he didn't wake up and say, 'I can't sleep tonight,' and not realize what he's taking. I was trying to think 10 steps ahead," Cascio said.

Jackson, he said, resorted to certain medications when he "just wanted to escape all the chaos."

Cascio said the drug he worried about most was Demerol.

"I didn't like what it did to him at all," Cascio said. "There was a change in personalities, especially when you saw him coming down from it and, you know, he became a different person."

Cascio said Jackson became angry, bitter and "mad at everyone just taking advantage of him."

"That's not a person that I was very fond of," he said. "That's not a person that I know that he wasn't fond of."

In November 2000, Cascio said, a house doctor at a New York City hotel was all too willing to provide Jackson with meds.

"The house doctor gave him what he wanted," Cascio said. "And, again, the house doctor was in awe and so intrigued just to be around this man."

Cascio confronted Jackson, but to no avail.

"I said, 'You don't want to end up like Elvis, do you?' And [he said] 'I would never end up like Elvis. I don't have a problem,'" Cascio said. "He was upset that I would even bring this up and talk to him about this."

Jackson's sister, Rebbie Jackson, and brother, Tito Jackson, said earlier this week that they too tried to get through to Jackson. Tito Jackson said his brother's security team got in the way.

"I got into physical fights with his security team," he said. "The public didn't know, but we did many times try and they kept him away like he was the president of the United States."

Cascio described Michael Jackson as a "situational addict."

In the weeks leading up to his death, that addiction seemed to include propofol, also known as Diprivan, a powerful anesthetic injected intravenously, often used to sedate patients before surgery.

Chopra remembered Jackson asking him about the drug.

"On one occasion ... he said to me, 'Deepak, did you know there's something that takes you right to the edge, to the valley of death, and it brings you back? Do you know anything about it?'" Chopra said.

On May 12, 2009, Murray put in a staggering bulk order for propofol -- more than 40 gallons worth. Jackson died some seven weeks later after receiving a fatal dose of the drug.

"It was a pharmaceutical experiment on Michael Jackson," prosecutor David Walgren said during his closing argument on Thursday. "It was an obscene experiment in 2009 done by a doctor with no sleep medicine training. It was criminal gross negligence."

Many music legends have died from accidental drug overdoses, but only Michael Jackson had a doctor by his side.

Cascio, who believes Murray should be in jail, said Jackson once confided in him that he feared he would die from a gunshot. But, Cascio said, no one would have ever thought that a shot of a prescription drug would claim Jackson's life so prematurely.

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Re: Frank Cascio book deal *** UPDATE NOVEMBER 2011***
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2011, 08:40:20 PM »
 :omg: They're all slimeballs! None of them were truly interested in helping Michael. It was all about the money and prestige that came along with associating with michael.

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Re: Frank Cascio book deal *** UPDATE NOVEMBER 2011***
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2011, 05:41:50 PM »
http://online.wsj.com/article/APab3381d0e10640f68281d5966fb88717.html

NOVEMBER 12, 2011, 11:01 A.M. ET
New book offers glimpse of Jackson's personal life


Associated Press

NEW YORK — A personal assistant-turned-personal manager to Michael Jackson said the King of Pop had been taking propofol as early as 1999, and that the singer was drugged up ahead of his 2001 30th anniversary concerts.

Frank Cascio, who became a family friend to Jackson at age 5 and eventually one of the singer's closest friends and employees, writes in a new book that he first noticed Jackson taking the drug Demerol while accompanying the singer on his "Dangerous" tour in 1993.

He writes in his new book, "My Friend Michael: An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man," that Jackson started the first of two anniversary shows in 2001 an hour late as a result of being drugged up in his dressing room.

"My naive belief that Michael wouldn't let his medicine interfere with the show blew up in my face," Cascio writes. "I can't begin to describe my disappointment and panic at this moment."

The Associated Press bought an advance copy of the book, which is set for release Nov. 15 by William Morrow, an imprint of News Corp.'s HarperCollins.

Cascio became a friend of Jackson's after his father introduced him to the singer; Cascio's father worked at the Hemsley Palace in Manhattan, managing the hotel's towers and suites, where Jackson stayed. Following that, a 5-year-old Cascio and his younger brother Eddie, spent time with Jackson at his Neverland Ranch.

He says Jackson was first introduced to Demerol in 1984 when he burned his head during a Pepsi commercial shoot, and Cascio writes that he first noticed Jackson using the medicine on his "Dangerous" tour.

"Now, on tour, and again in deep physical pain, Michael turned back to those drugs," he wrote.

Cascio says Jackson also took propofol in 1999 in Munich when the singer was 50 feet in the air and instead of coming down slowly, the platform Jackson was on fell down. Cascio also writes that Jackson had taken Demerol to treat the skin disease vitiligo, and grew worried about his drug use.

"It had become clear to me that Michael's drug use was escalating," he wrote. Cascio said sometimes he paid doctors in cash "because all of Michael's medical issues had to be kept from the public and their cost off the books." He also said he had some of the prescriptions written out in his name.

"Over the years, I had grown accustomed to seeing doctors coming and going, particularly in late tours, when Michael was under great stress and needed help falling asleep."

Cascio said he wanted to seek out help, but didn't know who to turn to. Ahead of Jackson's 2001 anniversary shows, he said he spoke to Janet, Randy and Tito about their brother's drug use. He writes that Jackson's siblings approached him, but the singer "simply pushed them away."

The pop star's doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter for supplying the insomnia-plagued Jackson with the powerful operating-room anesthetic propofol to help him sleep as he rehearsed for his big comeback.

"But in the end, physical and mental anguish prevailed, and Michael died in his endless quest to attain some inner peace," Cascio writes.

"My Friend Michael" also takes a look at some of Jackson's personal and professional moments, providing a somewhat behind-the-scenes look at the King of Pop's life.

Cascio writes that he and Jackson "had gotten stoned on a few occasions up in the mountains," and that Jackson would drink wine out of juice bottles and soda cans.

Cascio and the singer grew close, and in 1993 when Jackson had been accused of child molestation charges, he asked the Cascio family to visit him in Israel while he was on tour. He later asked if the young boys could stay on tour with him.

"He went to my father and broke down crying," Cascio writes. "People might question my parents' judgment in sending two young boys off to spend time alone with a man who had been accused of molesting another boy. But to us, the suggestion that we were in any danger was completely absurd."

Jackson invited Cascio to work as his personal assistant a year after he graduated high school. He later became his personal manager.

Throughout the book, Cascio writes that Jackson never had sex with children, but had a love for them and wanted to father 10 kids in total.

Cascio says Princess Diana was at the top of Jackson's list of women he wanted to date, and that Jackson made out with one of his fan club members.

"He tended to like tall, slender women whom I'd describe as nerdy in a sexy way," he writes.

Cascio also said that Jackson used to claim that dancer and rapper Omer Bhatti, long rumored to be his love child by a Norwegian woman, was his son, though Cascio did not believe him. Jackson later admitted that it wasn't true.

"By way of an explanation, Michael gave me the same reason he'd given for his marriages to Lisa Marie and Debbie Rowe. He needed to show the Saudi prince and the rest of the Arab business world that he had a family," Cascio writes.

When he worked as his personal manager, Cascio said he had to interfere when John McClain, now the co-executor of Jackson's estate, and the director of Jackson's "You Rock My World" music video, wanted the singer "to use makeup to darken Michael's skin for the video" and "to fill in his nose with putty." Cascio said Jackson locked himself in a bathroom and cried.

"They think I'm ugly?" Jackson asked. "They think I'm a freak, they think I'm a freak, they think I'm a freak."

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Re: Frank Cascio book deal *** UPDATE NOVEMBER 2011***
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2012, 10:33:43 AM »
http://www.examiner.com/books-in-tampa-bay/a-review-of-my-friend-michael-by-frank-cascio

A Review of "My Friend Michael" by Frank Cascio
Nola Cancel, Tampa Bay Books Examiner
December 31, 2011


Shakespeare wrote “uneasy lies the head that bears the crown”.  Though he wrote it for the character of King Henry IV, it is easy to apply this statement to anyone who bears the weight, the responsibility and the burdens that come with being a king … even if you’re the “King of Pop”.

And, one of these burdens must be who you choose as your confidantes and friends.  For Michael Jackson, this choice was next to impossible, and therefore, he had very few people in his life that he could call a true friend and even fewer to confide his deepest thoughts, wishes and dreams.

Frank Cascio knew from the first moment he met Michael Jackson at the age of 4, that this person was someone special.  Silly, childlike, generous to a fault, were the ways that Frank saw Michael.  Their 25 year friendship is chronicled in “My Friend Michael” by Frank Cascio.

In it, Mr. Cascio describes how he met Michael Jackson at the age of 4, when Michael Jackson was at the pinnacle of his career and how that friendship grew into the role of confidante, assistant and, at one point, manager.

Though many stories have been told about Michael Jackson the alleged child-molester, the drug addict, and the man who despised the way he looked, Frank Cascio wanted to write a book about the Michael Jackson he knew.  The caring, nurturing Michael who would spend many Christmases at his suburban home in New Jersey sharing his love of children and anything child-like.

However, in “My Friend Michael” nothing is off limits.  Told from the point of view of a true friend defending his best friend, Mr. Cascio writes about Michael Jackson’s problems with prescription drugs and how he tried to intervene and speak with him about it.

He also writes about his time at Michael’s “Neverland” ranch, as a young boy, and how he knew the two boys who would go on to accuse Michael of molestation.  According to Frank Cascio, nothing of the sort ever happened and his friend, Michael was no molester.

Mr. Cascio was there throughout most of Michael’s adult life and career.  He traveled the world with him on numerous occasions and discusses in detail all the places they went to and what it was like to live like a king.

He was also present during both of Michael’s marriages (one to Debbie Rowe and the other to Lisa Marie Pressley) and gives his opinion on what went wrong in both relationships.

Frank Cascio was a man who experienced what it was like to be treated like royalty first hand.  The good, the bad and the awful, it could not have been easy to befriend a king who was used to having things done his way.  In this excerpt from page 145, Frank briefly describes what it was like:

“I also became attuned to Michael’s more difficult traits.  He could be paranoid and overly sensitive, prone to extreme emotions and jumping to conclusions.  To counter that, I was careful to listen.  To observe everything.  To think before I spoke.  He didn’t like to be told what to do, so if I had an opinion, I drew him toward it, so he might think (or pretend) that he had come up with it on his own.”

Chock full of private family photographs and candid snapshots of Frank and Michael through the years, the book is a fascinating look at the life of one of the biggest celebrities the world has ever known, as only a friend would know him.

 “My Friend Michael” is a book for devoted fan and curious bystander, alike.  While all the rumors are addressed, one must not forget, when reading it, that the author was his friend and, as his friend, he has written an interesting, compelling and faithful account of his experiences with Michael.  So, if you’re looking for dirt, look somewhere else.  “My Friend Michael” is Frank Cascio’s goodbye gift to his life-long friend.


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« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2012, 12:33:40 AM »
Would Michael want the world to see tape on his nose in some of the photos in Frank's book? :hmmm: I get more sympathetic toward Michael by the second. People shouldn't be able to profit off of him any longer. :puke:

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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2012, 06:29:26 PM »
http://www.edgeonthenet.com/columnists/fame_with_bebe_sweetbriar/reviews/132289/%E2%80%99my_friend_michael%E2%80%99_::_a_personal_look_at_%E2%80%99the_king_of_pop%E2%80%99

’My Friend Michael’ :: A personal look at ’The King of Pop’
by Bill Biss EDGE Contributor Tuesday Apr 24, 2012



As Frank Cascio wrote in the introduction of his book, "To the fans of Michael Jackson-I wrote this book to show you a personal side of Michael that you may or may not know. I hope you can appreciate the human being that he was behind his enormous gifts and talents..."

Cascio and his family knew Michael Jackson for over twenty-five years and he chronicles this experience vividly and with great honesty in "My Friend Michael." As a friend, personal assistant and eventual personal manager, Cascio brings to light the true persona of Jackson.

He spoke with EDGE Media Network to share the reasons why he wrote the book, the few life lessons he learned, along with a few memories of his very special times with the one-of-a-kind musical superstar and humanitarian who was his dear friend.

Why write this book?
EDGE: Thank you for such a heartfelt and honest account of your friendship with Michael Jackson.

Frank Cascio: Oh... thank you so much. I really appreciate that. It means a lot. It wasn’t easy, writing this book.

EDGE: What was the impetus for you to share all these personal experiences in your book, "My Friend Michael?"

Frank Cascio: First and foremost, I never ever had any intention of ever writing a book. When Michael was still with us, I never thought I would ever write a book. I know Michael, throughout the years, always said to me in a very joking way, "You have a great story. If you ever write a book when I’m alive... I’m gonna kill you." This was in a funny and joking way. I said, "oopsy daisy  no. I’m not going to write a book."

Knowing Michael, he always had a reason and purpose for everything that he said. And, [after his death] when I saw all these people coming out of the woodwork and they’re on TV saying that they are his best friend... trying to tell their story about Michael... I was like, "Who are you? I’ve never even met you and all of a sudden...you’re writing random books." How could anyone write a book when they’ve never even met him? What gives these people the authority to write a book? And, if they did meet him, it was like once or twice and all of a sudden, they become experts.

EDGE: Right.

Frank Cascio: So, I got fed-up and frustrated with everything. Throughout the years, fans would say, "I would love for you to write a book. Can you tell us about your stories and your memories with Michael?" So, I just thought about it and felt it was my duty and my obligation to set the record straight and tell the world what this man was really like. What a wonderful human being he was. I was very fortunate because... to me, that was Michael, my friend, Michael the human being... not Michael Jackson, the pop star.


Life lesson?
EDGE: You definitely do in the book. I think anyway that he’d be proud.

Frank Cascio: You know what? I KNOW he would be proud.

EDGE: As a devoted fan of Michael’s, it’s still tough for me... it’s kind of unbelievable that’s he’s gone too soon. As a ten-year-old, I jumped rope outside to "The Jackson Five’s Greatest Hits." Since then, I’ve had almost every record he did as a solo artist. So, I hated the media circus and the misconceptions and lies. I always believed in his innocence. Your book sheds great light on the truths.

Frank Cascio: That’s the thing. Going in to this, I did not want to sugarcoat it. I wanted it to be honest. I wrote, from my heart, an honest book from my experiences. There are certain things I know that some people may not like to hear but that was the truth. To me, his imperfections are what also made him beautiful. I tried to put things into context, for people to understand why certain things happened. That was my only purpose and my goal.

EDGE: What was one of the major life lessons you learned from him?

Frank Cascio: To never give up... I have so many. I always say he’s the greatest teacher in the world. You know, I think it really comes down to love. He was full of "love." "Everything you do," he said, "make sure you do it with love." You do it with everything and you give everything to it. If you’re going to be great at something, be the master at it. Be better than anyone else. Even through the rough times, I learned, "Hey I grew up really, really fast and got turned in to this world. I saw how, unfortunately... when there is money involved, you see all these people trying to take a piece of you and who is jockeying for position and who lies.


About that ghost...
EDGE: Yeah, there are some tough moments in the book. But, I have to tell you. I burst out laughing, for the first time in the book about the time you and Michael went to the hotel in Loch Lomond (laughter).

Frank Cascio: That was really fun.

EDGE: Will you please share a bit of that experience as you do in the book?

Frank Cascio: Yeah, it’s so funny... that is one story; I think that I’ll never ever forget. You know, unfortunately after the funeral and sitting with Paris [Michael’s second child] she said, "I know all the different adventures and crazy stories that you and my daddy had." That was one of the first stories that she brought up. Paris said, "When you guys went to Scotland and you had Katherine, the ghost in your room." It’s funny to hear because we had such a great time. The fact that he would share that story in particular, with his kid, separate from me being there... that was definitely, I think, a very special time for both of us.

EDGE: Yeah, and the guy who worked in the hotel who kept popping up... I can’t remember his name.

Frank Cascio: "Herron." I’m not kidding. It was straight out of a "Scooby Doo" episode. We get to Scotland on a big bus. We get there late and get in to the hotel. The guy, Herron, who greets us and takes us to our room says, "Oh by the way, there’s a ghost in your room. Her name is Katherine."

EDGE: (laughter) And that’s his mother’s name!

Frank Cascio: And that’s his mother’s name... truly, we looked at each other and we’re like, "Okay." We go to the room. We wanted to explore the hotel. It would be kind of interesting to see the lake and get out of the room. Sure enough, we’re walking outside and we see the lake. All of a sudden, we turn around and there’s Herron. He said, "Are you enjoying your time at the hotel?" We said, "Yes, yes, yes.

We’re just gonna get back to the room now." He said, "Thank you. I just wanted to make sure you got back okay." It was a really funny trip.


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EDGE: You guys were the only guests in the hotel. That’s kind of scary too.

Frank Cascio: We were the only ones. Then, we get back to the room and we’re gonna explore the hotel now. We were very adventurous... opening doors etc. and we get to the pool. There’s Herron cleaning the pool. (laughter)

EDGE: It’s like how many Herron’s are there?

Frank Cascio: (laughter) It’s the same Herron and on our way back to the room, we actually see "Katherine" the ghost.

EDGE: That story is a trip. Now, this is a serious question. The price of fame and the misunderstanding about Michael’s childlike and unique personality must have been so tough for Michael to understand. On his "History" CD, on the second disc, he is using his gift to personally deal with situations through his songs. Take the song, "Scream" for example.

Frank Cascio: Yeah. "History" was an album that with "Scream" and even the song called "D.S." on the album. If you listen to "D.S.," in the song, he’s really saying "Tom Sneddon." He’s not saying, "Don Sheldon." He was so mad and angry.

EDGE: You can sense it. Even on his song, "Money." Even though there is also so much beauty on that second disc... I just imagine he had to feel a lot of frustration at that point.

Frank Cascio: There is a huge amount of frustration at that point. Through his music, as you said, that’s how he expressed himself during that time.

EDGE: Knowing him, as closely as you did from childhood, your teenage years and as a young adult... if you close your eyes right now and think of Michael, what would you say?

Frank Cascio: Wow. What would I say? Thank you. He is one of the reasons I am the person I am today. He’s given me the greatest experience, education, adventure, journey anyone could ever give anyone. Looking back on it... I’m been extremely blessed and privileged because there will never ever be another Michael Jackson ever again. I want to take what he’s taught me and the experiences that he’s given me and try to implement it in my everyday life.

EDGE: Well, Frank, it’s been a pleasure.

Frank Cascio: Thank you so much.

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