Just a few years ago, on what would have been Michael Jackson’s 56th birthday, I published the article, ‘ ‘Heard it on the Grapevine’: Are We Losing Michael Jackson All Over Again?’ I wrote:
Some will and already have attempted to rewrite history, even while Michael Jackson was making it. They discount and devalue his contribution as one of the most incredible artists of our age. He symbolises the best in us while his mistreatment symbolises the worst in us.
In my academic research at King’s College London, I had recently discovered:
There are just a handful (approx. 10) of well-researched published books focused on the staggering body of work that Michael created in his lifetime. There were none of note before his death even though Thriller was twenty-five years old in 2007.
Shockingly few of those which now exist (5) are mass published which means only doggedly determined fans and academics can procure them all. On the other side of the balance lie thousands of tabloid and tabloid-inspired infotainment pieces and articles in hundreds of languages based solidly in lies.
With the help of some amazing people and a fantastic publisher in Praeger, I wrote a 130,000-word academic book, which I hope will go some way to redress the balance. Can you imagine a world where Jackson is respected widely and his art is taught at schools, colleges and universities? I certainly can.
The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife
The essential companion to Michael Jackson’s music, films, and books, this work offers 21 original, academic essays on all things Jackson-from film, music, and dance to fashion, culture, and literature. It is the ultimate collector’s item for every Michael Jackson fan, student, researcher and academic.
Print Hardback: August/September 2016, 324pp & Illus.
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