Why I Write About Michael Jackson
Five years ago the world lost it’s biggest dreamer, most shining light. And I, like so many others, lost my biggest inspiration. I have embarked on a twelve-academic essay collection called The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson. It is a pursuit of love, admiration and scholarly research. Any and all proceeds from the essays will go to Great Ormond Street and Barnardo’s.
And these are just 12 of a million reasons why I have, am, and will continue to write about Michael Jackson.
- He was a master of words, a global, contemporary Shakespeare. While, at the same time being as musically gifted as Mozart.
- He was heartbreakingly misrepresented in his life.
- He was a scholar of the world. He loved books and he saw the limitless value in them.
- His only wish was to share his gifts with the world.
- He never sought approval for the many kind, humanitarian things he did.
- The cult of celebrity appropriated him very young, through the public he was seen solely as a commodity and this, ultimately contributed to his untimely passing.
- He remained humble no matter his achievements.
- He has been, is, and will continue to be a phenomenal inspiration in all creative endeavour.
- He was a black man who faced prejudice but rose above it with love.
- He triumphed repeatedly over every emotional and physical issue he was faced with.
- He was a loving and caring father, brother, cousin, uncle, mentor and friend.
- Through his music, philosophy and poetry, he taught me how to strive, to aspire, to dream.
What it means to give…
Just… breathtaking. Such humanitarian effort and endeavour.
Dangerous is Michael Jackson’s coming of age album. Granted, that’s a bold claim to make given that many think his best work lay behind him by the time this record was made. It offers Jackson on a threshold…
I cannot wait for Susan Fast’s book to come out in June. It’s going to be so fascinating and well-researched. A whole arsenal of MJ academics are emerging in the scholarly world and, although it’s a huge shame he never got to see it in his lifetime, I know the Oxford speaker, and owner of over 10,000 books would have loved this. In 20 years, I predict there will be more positive articles written about him and his contributions to the world than there were in his life, vilifying him.