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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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“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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Daring to recognise (with no need to apologise): Michael Jackson – the HIStorical view and who gets to write it – MJ Studies Today, September 2018

Abstract: In this month’s column, Kerry Hennigan discusses how history will perceive Michael Jackson and ponders if there will come a time when his name will cease to be associated with unwanted controversy. She then poses the question of who should... Continue Reading →

“Don’t Matter to Me”: Posthumous duets and sampling – the use of Michael Jackson’s vocals by other artists – MJ Studies Today, August 2018

Abstract: In this month’s column, Kerry Hennigan discusses the use of Michael Jackson’s vocals by other artists since the King of Pop’s passing in 2009.  Using examples both authorized and unauthorized, she considers the reaction of fans and family members to... Continue Reading →

“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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