#Jacksonism Week 2 - The Man, Not The Myth
2014 E. Amisu
From the book, A Defence of Jacksonism (2017) by Elizabeth Amisu
Chapter 1 - The Man, Not The Myth
‘study the greats… become greater’ - MJ
Before doing anything else you must study. In Jacksonism that means watching films, listening to albums and reading books, articles and journals. This is because the defence comes in the form of a learning tool. The maestro’s scope is too wide, his canvas too broad to be tackled with a small blurb and some extended platitudes. You have to see it and experience it for yourself. I can’t tell you how Billie Jean sounds any more than I can explain the moonwalk.
So the first thing to do is to keep a small diary, an ‘MJ Diary’ of the art and discourse as you encounter it, week-by-week, song-by-song, page-by-page. This will be your own personal patchwork of discoveries and ideas. It should be unbridled, unconstrained and brutally honest.