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The Scarecrow and the Tramp: Michael Jackson, Charlie Chaplin and ‘Smile’ – MJ Studies Today, November 2022

Looking at Michael Jackson's fascination with screen icon Charlie Chaplin, and the song he recorded as the ultimate tribute.

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“What’s most important is the essence.” Spiritual inspiration from Michael Jackson and his relationship with God and the Universe, Part 2 – MJ Studies Today, October 2022

Part 2 of a discussion on Michael Jackson's spiritual beliefs as begun in the MJ Studies Today column for September 2022.

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“He was an incredible light.” Spiritual inspiration from Michael Jackson and his relationship with God and the Universe, Part 1 – MJ Studies Today, September 2022

MJ Studies Today column for September 2022 looks at Michael Jackson's spiritual beliefs as known from his own words and the experiences of those who knew him.

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The curious matter of the disappearing tracks from Michael Jackson’s first posthumously released album – MJ Studies Today, August 2022

Abstract: In this month’s MJ Studies Today column (our 80th edition), Kerry Hennigan looks at the saga of the so-called “Cascio tracks” - three tracks on the first posthumously released Michael Jackson album, “Michael.” These tracks are claimed to have... Continue Reading →

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Thirteen years without Michael Jackson: turning a sad occasion into a celebration and paying tribute to all “The Lost Children” – MJ Studies Today, July 2022

Abstract: This month’s MJ Studies Today contains columnist Kerry Hennigan’s personal reflections on the thirteenth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death in 2009. Like many fans unable to travel, Kerry spent the anniversary at home, following events on social media. At... Continue Reading →

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The greatest superstar in the world? An assessment of the global phenomenon of Michael Jackson’s fame – MJ Studies Today, May 2022

Abstract: Ghana artist Amaarae recently referred to Michael Jackson as “the world’s most famous man after Jesus” MJ Studies Today columnist Kerry Hennigan considers this and other statements on Jackson's fame in the context of the music icon's global following,... Continue Reading →

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Planet Earth, Earth Song and beyond: Michael Jackson’s storytelling as activism – MJ Studies Today, April 2022

In the April 2022 MJ Studies Today column, Kerry Hennigan looks at Jackson’s ideology of oneness with all life forms and ponders what his storytelling abilities might have produced today to freshly inspire affirmative action for our beleaguered planet.

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Revisiting Michael Jackson’s “Invincible” after twenty years through Ayo Adene’s “Deep Dive” – MJ Studies Today, February 2022

Abstract: Michael Jackson’s album Invincible celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its release in October 2021. It remains the album least appreciated by critics and even some of Jackson’s fans and is the album from his canon most likely to cause... Continue Reading →

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Michael Jackson takes control: reading Dangerous at 30 – MJ Studies Today, December 2021

Abstract: November 26, 2021, marked the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s Dangerous, an album he hoped would be listened to and talked about long after he was gone. In this month’s MJ Studies Today column, Kerry Hennigan... 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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“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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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Book Review: ‘Otherness and Power. Michael Jackson and his media critics’ by Susan Woodward

This slim but important 2014 publication shines a spotlight on some of Michael Jackson’s harshest critics and reveals the depths to which some individuals, publishers and networks stooped to discredit his talent, his manhood, his generosity and his genius. For... 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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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 Port River – A Personal History

Personal memories of the Port River in South Australia by Kerry Hennigan.

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