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

4th March 2020 MJ Studies Today XLVXXI 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... 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

Published by The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, 14 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... 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

16th January 2020 MJ Studies Today XLVIX 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... 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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“The whole system sucks” – the unbearable pain of the Michael Jackson fan post Leaving Neverland

The week started like any other, but as it progressed, my blood pressure threatened to blow sky-high! As a fan of Michael Jackson, I had become used to seeing accusatory headlines from various sources crop up on my internet news... Continue Reading →

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

MJ Studies XLII 15 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... 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/ REFERENCE... 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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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 →

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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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“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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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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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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