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Twenty years on – Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, 9/11 and “What More Can I Give.”  – MJ Studies Today, October 2021

Abstract: This month, MJ Studies Today columnist Kerry Hennigan takes us back twenty years to Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden and the dramatic events that followed the second show on the eve of 9/11. Kerry looks... Continue Reading →

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Book Review and Commentary on: “Michael Jackson and the Quandary of a Black Identity” by Sherrow O. Pinder.  Review by Kerry Hennigan.

Michael Jackson and the Quandary of a Black Identity.By Sherrow O. Pinder(SUNY series in African American Studies) ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08RS4FRV6Publisher ‏ : ‎ SUNY Press (1 August 2021)Sherrow O. Pinder is Professor of Political Science and Multicultural and... Continue Reading →

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“Just another part of me.” Michael Jackson’s Disney collaboration Captain Eo. Part 2: the 2010 return – MJ Studies Today, September 2021

Abstract: This month MJ Studies Today continues the discussion of Michael Jackson’s Captain Eo film commenced by Kerry Hennigan in her column for July 2021. This time she looks at the re-opening of Captain Eo in 2010 in response to demand from... Continue Reading →

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“MY-keh-rooh” – Michael Jackson’s persona as celebrated in Japan – MJ Studies Today, August 2021

Abstract: .This month’s MJ Studies Today column looks at Michael Jackson’s relationship with Japan, where his fans have a particular understanding of his nature that is unique to that country.  Kerry Hennigan looks at the qualities exhibited by Jackson that have... Continue Reading →

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“Hold me like the River Jordan.” Remembering Michael Jackson on the twelfth anniversary of 25 June 2009

In this article, Kerry Hennigan recounts her personal memories of the day Michael Jackson died and the impact it had on her and many others.  She considers the unique nature of the artist and the problems he had in trusting those who envied his fame and success.  In reflecting on what has happened in the twelve years since his passing, Kerry asks what his many devoted fans can do to repay the love and faith Jackson often expressed for them throughout his life.

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Book Review: “Book on the Dance Floor” by Brice Najar

“Book on the Dance Floor” continues the story of Michael Jackson at the peak of his independent creativity in the heady 1990s, specifically the creation and recording of the new material on King of Pop's "remix" album "Blood on the... Continue Reading →

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“A spirit embodied by music”: considering Michael Jackson’s This Is It documentary on its anniversary 2020 – MJ Studies Today, November 2020

Abstract: “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”, the movie, premiered eleven years ago – on October 28, 2009, just four months after the King of Pop’s death had shocked the world. Opinions on the film have differed markedly amongst Jackson’s fan-base,... Continue Reading →

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Shakespeare and Michael Jackson – The Bard after Elizabeth I and the King of Pop after Thriller: challenging popular perceptions – MJ Studies Today, July 2020

Abstract: William Shakespeare and Michael Jackson both cemented their fame with early major successes, work often considered their “greatest hits”; but neither of them stopped creating after that. In this month’s MJ Studies Today column, Kerry Hennigan challenges the popular... Continue Reading →

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Academic Book Review: “Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me” by Howard Bloom

Academic book review of “Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me. A Search for Soul in the Power Pits of Rock and Roll” by Howard Bloom, Forward by Joan Jett. Review by Kerry Hennigan for the Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies.

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“Raw and kinda funky”: Michael Jackson, “Come Together” and the Beatles catalogue – MJ Studies Today, April 2020

Abstract: In this month’s MJ Studies Today column, Kerry Hennigan looks at Michael Jackson’s cover of the Beatles hit song “Come Together”. She discusses the reasoning behind Jackson’s recording of the song, the curious nature of its lyrics, and what... Continue Reading →

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As befits a King: Michael Jackson On the Wall at the EMMA, Finland Part 2 – MJ Studies Today, March 2020

Abstract: In this month’s MJ Studies Today column, Kerry Hennigan continues her reflections on the Michael Jackson On the Wall exhibition as displayed at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Finland. In looking into the stories behind some of... Continue Reading →

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“Like a Comic Book Adventure Come to Life”: Colin Chilvers on directing Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal – MJ Studies Today, February 2020

Abstract: In this month’s MJ Studies Today column, Kerry Hennigan looks at the recently published book by filmmaker and special effects wizard Colin Chilvers, specifically the chapter that tells the story behind the making of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” short... Continue Reading →

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The Impact of Genius: Michael Jackson On the Wall at the EMMA, Finland, Part 1 – MJ Studies Today, January 2020

Abstract: The Michael Jackson On the Wall exhibition has toured some of the major cities in Europe and drawn crowds in every location. This month our columnist Kerry Hennigan discusses the exhibition as she experienced it at the Espoo Museum... Continue Reading →

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Ghosts, ghouls and zombies: Michael Jackson’s indelible Halloween legacy in the wake of a year of controversy – MJ Studies Today, December 2019

Abstract: In this month’s MJ Studies Today column, Kerry Hennigan looks at Michael Jackson’s continued influence on, and musical dominance of the Halloween season through his Gothic pop pieces like “Thriller” and “Ghosts” and considers the importance of the genre... Continue Reading →

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Finding Michael Jackson in the most Unexpected Places – Yemen, Egypt, Jordan

In his first award-winning travel book "Yemen: The Unknown Arabia" author Tim Mackintosh-Smith relates an incident in 1992 when he visited the port city of Aden, renown for its "great number of bars and other dens of lewdness". Curious to... Continue Reading →

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#StreamingMJ: Songs of love, desire and danger. Listening to Michael Jackson on Shuffle Play – Part 2 – MJ Studies Today, November 2019

  Abstract: This month’s MJ Studies Today is Part 2 of #StreamingMJ – being the examination of songs selected at random by our columnist Kerry Hennigan’s music streaming service.  The songs in Part 2 are from the 1990s and 2000s... Continue Reading →

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#StreamingMJ : Random Songs from the Life of a King. Listening to Michael Jackson on Shuffle Play – Part 1 – MJ Studies Today, August 2019

Abstract:  Fans of Michael Jackson have taken to streaming his music online as a show of support for his legacy, contributing to an increase in his steaming figures for the first half of 2019 according to Nielsen.  In this month’s... Continue Reading →

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Michael Jackson: death hoax conspiracies and the death denial phenomenon – ten years on – MJ Studies Today, June 2019

ABSTRACT:  Since Michael Jackson's passing ten years ago this month, various stories have circulated via social media and the internet claiming that Jackson is still alive and even planning a "comeback".  In this month's column Kerry Hennigan looks at these... Continue Reading →

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Reclaiming Neverland: sourcing stories of Michael Jackson at home as told by his friends and employees – MJ Studies Today, April 2019

Abstract:  In this month’s MJ Studies Today column, Kerry Hennigan looks at resources that tell positive stories of Michael Jackson at Neverland Valley Ranch.  These books present first-hand narratives completely at odds with the negative media that has recently been... Continue Reading →

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Michael Jackson: Judged by a different set of values – the ongoing persecution of a global icon – MJ Studies Today, March 2019

Abstract In this month’s column, Kerry Hennigan discusses the latest Michael Jackson controversy and the ongoing negativity in the media. She asks why it is that Michael Jackson is constantly targeted time and time again. Access the article here: https://michaeljacksonstudies.org/mj-studies-today-xxxix/  The... Continue Reading →

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By the Light of the Luminarias: A Moment out of Time – Nambé Pueblo, Christmas Eve 1995

The following is an edited extract from my travelogue for December 1995, written in Santa Fe, New Mexico where I was spending Christmas that year.  There have been a few, minor changes to the text for clarity and literacy.  I hope... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: A fresh look at “Behind the Mask. What Michael Jackson’s Body Language told the World” by Craig James Baxter (2012)

When I first read Craig James Baxter’s book “Behind the Mask. What Michael Jackson’s Body Language told the World” it was as an eBook, which was offered as a free download on the anniversary of Michael’s birthday.  That was a... 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 →

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

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 rather than as a researcher or academic.  She suggests that, with no specific agenda... Continue Reading →

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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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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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“This is delicious”: Michael Jackson’s “Blood on the Dance Floor” – Twenty-One Years On – MJ Studies Today, July 2018

Abstract: In this month’s column, Kerry Hennigan looks at the song and video for Michael Jackson’s “Blood on the Dance Floor” which, when released in 1997, displayed a new, aggressive sound and sensual attitude for Jackson.  She discusses the durability of... 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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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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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

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 their formative years, which influenced the art they... Continue Reading →

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One night in Hollywood – MJ Scream LA, 24 October 2017

To go, or not to go, that was the question I had to answer on receiving an email saying I'd scored a priority ticket to the Michael Jackson 'Scream' event in Hollywood on Tues 24 October, 2017. While it may... 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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“Let the music tell you what it should be” – Michael Jackson, Vincent Paterson (and me)

It’s a great interview - and I hope every Michael Jackson fan has a chance to listen to it: choreographer and director Vincent Paterson on the MJCast special podcast for Michael’s birthday, 2017. (1) There is so much to enjoy... Continue Reading →

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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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Review and commentary: “Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days” by Bill Whitfield, Jeavon Beard and Tanner Colby. Review by Kerry Hennigan

A review of what is known by Michael Jackson fans as "the bodyguards' book" being the story of Jackson's time living in Las Vegas in 2007-2008. Review by Kerry Hennigan

Book Review and Commentary: From Cairo to Beirut. In the Footsteps of an 1839 Expedition through the Holy Land. By Sunil Shinde.

From Cairo to Beirut. In the Footsteps of an 1839 Expedition through the Holy Land. By Sunil Shinde. Foreword by Tony Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet. Designed by Liliana Guia. Chin Music Press. Scottish artist David Roberts arrived in Cairo... Continue Reading →

Review: My Friend Michael. An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man: Growing Up with the King of Pop, by Frank Cascio. William Morrow hardback edition, 2011

The review was originally written in 2011, shortly after I purchased and read the book. It was then updated August 2021 for publication on behalf of the Michael Jackson Book Club, however a different review (by someone else) was used.... Continue Reading →

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