May 06, 1985 12:00 PM

by David Breskin

Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the song together, but “Lionel refuses to associate with Michael’s pet boa constrictor, Muscles.” Quincy Jones, the producer, in his letter to the 45 stars, promised, “I will break my buns to make this the most enjoyable experience you ever had.” On the night of the big secret recording session, “Dan Aykroyd, representing the film industry and one half of the infamous Blues Brothers, bumps into Smokey Robinson and shakes his hand. ‘A big moment in my life,’ gloats Dan.” At 5:30 a.m. “Bette Midler hugs Dylan, tells him, ‘Good night, dearest.’ ” Breskin is a young free-lance journalist who, like the performers, donated his labor on this book to raise money to feed the world’s hungry. He was present almost from the beginning of the project, and he has a good eye and ear. If the recording, video and all the other publicity surrounding We Are the World have failed to satisfy everyone’s curiosity about one of the biggest pop-music events of our time, this paperback has all the nitty gritty. There are photographs, and the sheet music for We Are the World is reproduced. (Perigee, $5.95)

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