Leonards book can be read on the above link.
Below are all the books you can read including Tatiana Thumbztens book and Joe Jacksons book.
Hehe, a plan very well done I think! You know one thing comes to mind , not sure MJ ever used Rowe for any other business matter? So why now? Well the tarot tells us why, don't it:)You can't burn bridges in this business from what I read, your right Emp, you must play the game, but play it well:)EMPATHY wrote:Thats a very clever photo but Im not sure about the gun at the back.
I want to go back to Leonard Rowe and I may not be the best person to regurgitate when I have read. However, Leonard Rowe begins his book talking about the music industry and this is something that everyone should try to digest. The music industry how Leonard saw it was in fact pushing out the black promoters from booking acts once they have become a cross over artiste. A cross over artiste is when a black artiste is selling to the white audiences and then the white promoters take over the artiste and squeeze out the black promoters.
Many of the black promoters lost all the profits on artistes like this and their business fell apart. According to Leonard Rowe when he told the singer Maxwell this who was then being booked for a tour, Mawell cancelled that tour but after that until recently he was completely 'blackballed' and fell off the face of the earth.
This is what Leonard Rowe tells us.
So he and other black promoters set out to create a court case for loss of earnings by earmarking the agencies and bookers (CAA and Howard Rose Agency who were the biggest) as well as others and bringing them before a judge. The entire process took six years and some settlements were made but not by the two Main ones above.
Its very complex to explain and better to read yourself to digest.
This was all going on from late 90s and right through even to the time Michael was in Court.
Well Leonard Rowe apparently did speak to Michael about what he was doing and he says Michael also said he was blackballed or recognised that situation as Michael had been picketing against Tommy Motola .
From what I understand (and in no particular order of events) Janet asked Leonard Rowe to help her because her tour was cancelled - I think it was the Velvet Rope Tour and she went to Leonard to say she had all her dancers and crew etc who were not going to get paid and needed to get honour them by having a tour.
Leonard was,nt being rude but he said the rea son she was not getting this tour was because she was 'cold as ice' in other words she was not front page news and was not doing very well on the music market at the time so he knew the reason why she was,nt getting the work.
Meanwhile, Michael had plans himself to do his own thing but Leonard came up with the idea that if he could get the Jackson boys together with Michael and get Janet to 'kickstart' the shows off then it would be win win for everyone and also put Janet back on the Map.
Well Michael did not want to do this and Janet was a bit cross because it would have been perfect for her for this to happen.
After trying to get hold of Michael loads of times Leonard was getting frustrated as Michael was not really playing ball over it.
Anyway - MJs court case had come and gone and he had gone out of the country and at one point Rowe had,nt seen Michael for ages. So whether I got this in the wrong order or not the eventual upshot is that Rowe had an amazing deal on the table where a promoter asked for Michael through Rowe and Michael would get 15 million for one show and his brothers a million each but to try to PERSUADE Michael, Rowe asked the promoter for 1 million for Michaels mother knowing Michael wanted to keep his mother secure financially.
Well he told Michael all this and Michael apparently said, can he get 2 million for his mother?
The promoter agreed to this and then the next t hing was that Michael said he had a deal on the table for 300 million instead. It also meant he did NOT have to work with his brothers and sisters because clearly according to Leonards book, he did,nt want to as he had his OWN plans.
The story goes on that the Beverley Hilton Meeting was with Randy Phillips - Katherine, Joe and Leonard received a phone call asking him to 'get over there' and they were all waiting for him.
When he gets there eventually it was to turn tables on Randy Phillips to suggest maybe he was not going to be putting out the right deal for Michael.
Anyway it gets too complex for me to explain but during that meeting Leonard said that Michael did,nt seem bothered at all/??? Joe started up complaining about things and Katherine hushed him up etc
Well if you continue to read the book you will understand that Leonard was not liked by the white promoters and he was trying to take them down. Even though he had concrete evidence over six years he still could not get the Judge who had been fairly sympathetic to take these two big white promoters down.
So Leonard would have been seriously someone to avoid for any artiste who did not want to have that problem and who would want to be a crossover artiste. You have to see that side of it besides Leonards side that he thought it was unfair.
Now Im wondering myself if Michael also did not want to be in that situation as if he was blackballed in any way by refusing to do the AEG contract which was the 300 million contract offered by them then he could lose out financially.
That is supposition but AEG seemed to offer a contract which was bizarre. The story tells you about Thome, the Doctor and the Contract in better detail then I can ever really put out and of course my explaination is all fragmented.
Leonard talked about Michaels health which seemed to one minute be talking about him healthy and then being or seeming ok but thinner and then eventually it all seems that he is saying Michael was dependent on drugs. Im not sure how to work that out or how it was decided Michael was taking drugs becuase theres no way of understanding why Leonard even thought that, only that is what he said.
The AEG contract works out according to Leonard that Michael would not have been paid 'anything' at all because the way the wording was in fact gets Michael to 'pay for everything' down to road crew etc etc.
Michael had in the past been upset with Spielberg as Spielberg said he could star in a film and Michael got a script together and Spielberg loved it and said yes to the script but No to Mj as the starring role .
Yet AEG somehow has produced this film where Michael has starred in it , though albeit we are to understand it is his rehearsals. These are my words here from what I have read.
Leonards feelings are that Michael was done out of millions through the scalping of the tickets in London and the fact that they wanted to pay Michael is US dollars and not British pounds which would have seen Michael off because the british pound was stronger.
But the overall thing that is bothering me is - is this Michaels secret agreement about something with AEG?
Is it possible that AEG and Michael put together the most amazing story in history to earn the biggest money?
Would it have been real hardship for Michaels belongings to be auctioned off ? WOULD Michael have paid this price for ultimate privacy ? as you have to remember the original story of the 10 shows that became 31 then became 50 which even Mj SAID he could not do.
You have to read this story to ask yourself how this can actually look like TWO THINGS.
Either that AEG are the scoundrels that they may appear to be or whether this is a very deep dark and secret operation that was decided between Mj and AEG for many reasons which would keep Michaels family and mother forever looked after?
Now Leonard talks about the MJ estate being run by others and the family squeezed out, but Katherine did not want to interfere about MJS drugs habit as he put it even though he asked her and Joe to go over and stay with Michael a few days, she refused.
What the question is, is whether there was a reason for this that Katherine knew -?
Remember when Mj died Joe was seemingly a little 'out there' promoting another record company etc.
So many strange things but to date Neverland Ranch is upgraded, Katherines Encino house is upgraded, Katherine has a huge new place to live, the kids are okay as they even gave 10,000 away to charity recently.
So you have to ask yourself about this two way thing.
Was it all intentional from Michael or was he done out of everything as Rowe seems to believe?
Thats the question.
Today none of the Jackson core Katherine and Kids etc look impoverished in any way.
Remember Jermaine at the red carpet of This is It praising Sony? there was a lot going on that did,nt make sense.
None of the contract seems standard either. Leonard said that no contract was signed that he ever saw. He never saw the MJ life insurance.
If you read this book it will make you wonder whether tarot has not been right about a few things because there is a Win Win for all here -
Now for the final strangeness. The AEG contract did not run out until 31 December 2011.
Now Tarot also mentioned Christmas too did,nt it? I did,nt know the contract did,nt run out until this December until I read that or I am just dumb if it was out there and I did,nt pick it up.
Remember the dancers were tied up for two years as well?
In my mind Michael did NOT want to work with his family brothers AT ALL or his sister. Janet was thinking about herself and getting career on the road and THAT is what kickstarted the whole thing because Leonard thought the way around it was getting MJ and the Jackson boys out there to cut it with Janet getting herself at the opening of each show which would heat up her career again.
Leonard might be the innocent one here, but then this guy even though he was probably justified in his tirade about racial discrimination in the music industry, may not have realised that its possible that he was actually interfering in Mjs OWN PLANS -
Do you see what I mean?
Tarot seemed to think there was a 'no way out' on two contracts and this could be the reasons why.
You CANT make enemies in the music industry whether white, jewish or whatever, because it is a monopoly, you play the game or your out. Michael already was a CROSSOVER artiste, Janet was too because she put in some of her contracts to honour some of the black promoters. It was,nt always done but she stipulated it.
But did any of them insist on BLACK PROMOTERS ONLY? no probably not, because if they did, they would never get the top dollar or the work.
So work it out for yourself - was Michael as careless with money and business as it seems by Leonard? or was he a smart cookie who had something incredibly amazing worked out with AEG.
AEG brought in Frank Dileo while Leonard was holding a piece of paper saying he was MJs Manager, so Leonard was not happy about Dileo coming in. Leonard though Dileo was only interested in AEG etc, bear in mind Dr Murray also hired by AEG apparently
But you also have to think.
Why Dileo why Dr Murray.
Well Michael KNEW BOTH OF THEM.
They were NOT strangers.
So by reading this story you have to ask if some things were orchaestrated for the betterment of all the family which let Michael off the hook working with them which he DID NOT WANT TO DO - he only really wanted to be a parent and do things his way and he was not including shows with his family.
Look what has happened since?
Was,nt it Frank Delio who told the family MJ was dead?
Leonard Rowe is puzzled over the contract even today, but I still wonder whether Michael who loved his friend Rowe did,nt have the heart to tell him that it would not be good to work with him as Leonard was 'injurious' or considered 'injurious' by the situation he had created over the court case trying to bring down the white/jewish promoters.
Unfortunately its like I say MONEY TALKS and I personally have always believed that Michael Jackson was a shrewd and canny man - and no I dont think that he was dim, he 'out thunk' sony did,nt he? so we are not talking about a guy who is just a patsy ball that everyone is going to play with. Remember he did,nt accept just one million offer for his mother he said to Rowe ask them for TWO million.
Of course he did,nt go through with that deal but it just shows you the POWER that Michael had because it was agreed his mother could have that and she was just his mother and nothing to do with shows
So you just think about it all and realise that YES there could be a negative conclusion but that is only if Michael was just a little patsy ball -
And I dont know why I think it but he does,nt look like a patsy ball to me.
Who knows - ? He did get his film though and what if it was rough around the edges? If he never had to perform again EVER because he did,nt want to do this anymore but wanted to contribute from the background, would it have mattered what the film was like when it was HUGE and a big massive success.
Michael Jackson is back on the Map for being JUST Michael Jackson solo - with hardly any new songs but largely placed on his successful past. The revenue coming in from Michael has squared all his debts.
Leonards book is called 'WHAT REALLY HAPPENED' and between the lines might actually be the astounding truth.
I leave it to you to decide.