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What about “Invincible”? Revisiting Michael Jackson’s final studio album

In December 2000, an article appeared on MTV’s website which stated: “After years of painstaking recording sessions, Michael Jackson is nearly ready to unleash a raw, energetic new sound on his first album of original material in a decade…” One... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: “Michael Jackson & Classical Music” by Anthony King

“How many people in the audience will get to see the real Sistine Chapel in their life, yet they are taken on the journey.” - Kenny Ortega, director, Michael Jackson’s HIStory world tour. [1] As Anthony King points out in... Continue Reading →

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Let us eat (birthday) cake – the Michael Jackson Diamond Celebration, Las Vegas 2018

On Wednesday 29 August 2018 the Estate of Michael Jackson and the Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil resident show held its annual celebration of the pop icon’s birthday in Las Vegas.  This year would have been Michael’s 60th... Continue Reading →

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Revisiting Captain Eo – Michael Jackson’s 1986 cutting edge 3D space fantasy and its future

“The idea is that music means love.  I guess you could say it reflects Michael’s point of view.” [1] While visiting Disneyland, California, in early September 2018, I met a young couple who proclaimed themselves not just Disney aficionados, but... Continue Reading →

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Book Review – Revisiting “Michael Jackson The Solo Years” by Craig Halstead & Chris Cadman (2003)

When recently I consulted Michael Jackson The Solo Years for an article I was preparing, I realized what a useful reference book it is.  This is despite its being published in 2003, that is, before the police raid on Neverland... Continue Reading →

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On Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” – the book by Susan Fast and the evolution of the artist after “Thriller”

Michael Jackson's Dangerous album is an incredible landmark in the artist’s career, and one that author Susan Fast is justified in calling his “coming of age” album. Ms Fast’s book, also titled "Dangerous" (2014), the 100th volume in Bloomsbury’s 33-1/3... Continue Reading →

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Book Review and Commentary on “Michael Jackson – A Celebration” published by the National Portrait Gallery London

“I always want to do music that inspires or influences another generation.” – Michael Jackson. This quote, on the back of the book “Michael Jackson - A Celebration”, tells us so much about the person depicted within. Published by the... Continue Reading →

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Sources on Michael Jackson – who is worth referencing?

With so many books having been published on Michael Jackson, especially since his passing in 2009, it is necessary for the writer and researcher to sift through the many titles to find sources that – we can hope – are... Continue Reading →

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“You are my special love” Michael Jackson and India – a reciprocal relationship

Recently, when interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine about his autobiography, Andrew Lloyd Weber revealed that he and Michael Jackson both loved the music of A.R. Rahman, and at one point “we found ourselves some very obscure part of Long Island... Continue Reading →

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The Songs that Made the Show that Made History – revisiting Michael Jackson’s performance at Super Bowl XXVII on its 25th Anniversary

A lot has been written about Michael Jackson’s performance in the halftime concert of the NFL Super Bowl game in 1993.  Super Bowl XXVII was played at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California, on 31 January, 25 years ago... Continue Reading →

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Michael Jackson and Ancient Egypt: “Remember the Time”, Kerma, Cleopatra and Tutankhamun

One of the most popular exhibits at the Chicago Field Museum in the US is an Egyptian carving that many visitors believe looks like Michael Jackson.  The bust, which is actually of a woman, dates from sometime between 1550-1050 BC,... Continue Reading →

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Making dreams come true: Michael Jackson and PT Barnum – Lessons from “the Greatest Showman”

"P.T. Barnum, in full Phineas Taylor Barnum, (born July 5, 1810, Bethel, Connecticut, U.S.—died April 7, 1891, Bridgeport, Connecticut), American showman who employed sensational forms of presentation and publicity to popularize such amusements as the public museum, the musical concert, and... Continue Reading →

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Michael Jackson and the Stasi – “Bad” in Berlin, 1988 and the “subversive” influence of pop culture

“Between 1949, when Germany was formally divided, and 1961, when the Berlin Wall was built, more than 3 million East Germans "voted with their feet" by moving to West Germany. The East German ruling party never enjoyed popular support, and... Continue Reading →

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“Have You Seen My Childhood?” – Michael Jackson, James Baldwin And Childhoods Lost – Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, November 2017

Issue 1 Op-Ed (Opinion Pieces) Volume 5 7th November 2017 Abstract:  Though they were active in different decades, the famous American author James Baldwin and international music icon Michael Jackson both believed they never had a childhood.  This article looks at the similarities in... Continue Reading →

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“Leave Me Alone” – Michael Jackson and the Elephant Man’s Bones

'Tis true my form is something odd, But blaming me is blaming God; Could I create myself anew I would not fail in pleasing you. If I could reach from pole to pole Or grasp the ocean with a span,... Continue Reading →

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Revisiting “Earth Song” and reviewing Joseph Vogel’s revised monograph “Earth Song: Michael Jackson and the Art of Compassion” 2017

Being a review of Joseph Vogel's book "Earth Song: Michael Jackson and the Art of Compassion" with additional commentary on the artist and the song.

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The ‘Pop Art’ of Michelangelo and Michael Jackson (as defined by LaChapelle)

The website for the UK’s Tate Galleries defines Pop Art as…"an art movement that emerged in the 1950s and flourished in the 1960s in America and Britain, drawing inspiration from sources in popular and commercial culture such as advertising, Hollywood... Continue Reading →

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A bitter-sweet sort of agony – On being an MJ pilgrim

Story and Photos* by Kerry Hennigan A Michael Jackson pilgrim is what I call a fan who travels the country or the world to visit places relevant to Michael’s life or to attend special events honouring his art and legacy. They are... Continue Reading →

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Michael Jackson, Shiva and the Cosmic Dance

[The similarities in Michael's poem 'Heaven is Here' and the story behind the great bronze sculptures of Shiva performing the cosmic dance have long fascinated me. The photos and video footage of Michael dancing in a raging desert sandstorm from... Continue Reading →

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What is it about ‘Blood on the Dance Floor’? or: Michael Jackson as alpha male

By Kerry Hennigan   It’s the thumping, Latin-infused beat; it’s the grit and growl of Michael Jackson’s vocals; it’s the violent tone of the subject matter; it’s Michael’s sharply defined, mature features in the short film; it’s the ruby red... Continue Reading →

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“The Magic, the Wonder, the Mystery” – Perceptions of childhood as expressed in the art of Michael Jackson and in Romantic poetry and children’s literature – MJ Studies Today, December 2018

Abstract: In this month’s MJ Studies Today column, Kerry Hennigan looks at Michael Jackson’s art and beliefs about childhood in the context of the work of some of the Romantic poets and authors from the Golden Age of children’s literature.  She suggests... Continue Reading →

Blissing the Mind – the art of listening to Michael Jackson without an agenda – MJ Studies Today, November 2018

Issue 2 MJ Studies Today Volume 6 14th November 2018 MJ Studies Today XXXV Abstract: In this month’s column, Kerry Hennigan discusses the importance of remembering to listen to Michael Jackson’s music and watch his videos purely as a fan... Continue Reading →

Book Review: First Impressions of “Michael Jackson: All the Songs. The Story Behind Every Track” by Richard Lecocq & François Allard

You could consider this mammoth tome to be the unofficial “bible” of Michael Jackson musicology, written by a couple of guys with some hefty credentials in the world of MJ fandom in France.  It does a pretty good job of... Continue Reading →

Sponsoring Michael Jackson – the matter of Pepsi Cola and their association with the King of Pop – MJ Studies Today, October 2018

Abstract: In this month’s column, Kerry Hennigan looks at the history of Pepsi Cola’s sponsorship of Michael Jackson, both before and after the accident in 1984 that resulted in him suffering serious burns with life-long consequences.  She also looks at subsequent... Continue Reading →

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