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Visual representations of Michael Jackson and how they do or don’t reflect the man, his art and the life he lived – MJ Studies Today, February 2019

Issue 3 MJ Studies Today Volume 6 14th February 2019 MJ Studies Today XXXVIII   Abstract: In this month’s column, Kerry Hennigan uses one of the art pieces in the Michael Jackson On the Wall exhibition to examine the way... Continue Reading →

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“All this makes me wanna shout” – Michael Jackson and the power and intent of his roar in performance and song – MJ Studies Today, January 2019

MJ Studies Today XXXVII Abstract: In this month’s MJ Studies Today column, Kerry Hennigan looks at Michael Jackson’s shout out to his audiences in his performances, short films and songs.  She also considers his recording of the 1959 Isley Brothers’ song “Shout”... 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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“From a certain point of view” – Michael Jackson and the stories they tell. Who and what do we believe?

Just about everyone knows the scene in the Star Wars movie “Return of the Jedi” when Luke Skywalker challenges the ghostly apparition of his Jedi mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi, saying “You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father.”  As Luke... 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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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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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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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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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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