MJ Academic of the Week 9/12 – Susan Fast


Who is a Michael Jackson Academic?

Someone who 1) views Michael Jackson as an artist 2) studies his art and writes critical discourse on it 3) values this body of work for its significant cultural impact in the twenty-first century.



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Who? Academic and author of the highly anticipated book, Michael Jackson’s Dangerous (33 1/3). She is a Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies. This interview with her tells you all you need to know about the inspiration behind the book.

Why? When it come to writing about music, Susan Fast is nothing short of a scientist. Taking each facet of Jackson’s music production, its necessary context and its nuance, she writes in a way that communicates depth and scope beautifully. 


Susan can be found at her blog,

High Frequencies, https://susanfast.wordpress.com/

and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/susanfast3.

Greatest Hits – Difference that Exceeded Understanding: Remembering Michael Jackson (1958-2009)’, Popular Music and Society (2010)



Reading List:

Fast, Susan:

–        Michael Jackson’s Dangerous (33 1/3) (Bloomsbury, 2015) FORTHCOMING

–        ‘Michael Jackson’s Queer Musical Belongings’, Popular Music & Society(2012) Vol. 49(2), pp. 281-300

–        & Hawkins, Stan (eds.), Popular Music & Society – Special Issue: Michael Jackson: Musical Subjectivities (2012) Vol. 35(2)

–        ‘Difference that Exceeded Understanding: Remembering Michael Jackson (1958-2009)’, Popular Music and Society (2010)

PREVIOUS ACADEMICS: Joseph VogelSyl MortillaAdrian GrantMichael JacksonBarbara KauffmanMichael Bush, Armond White

COMING SOON: Zack O. Greenburg, Charles Thomson, Willa Stillwater & Joie Collins, Bonus Track – MJ Academics of Note

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