The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife (Praeger, 2016)

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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.
ISBN:
978-1-4408-3864-4
Price: £48.50/$73.00
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An 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.

Michael Jackson is the biggest-selling music artist ever. What qualities made him a star—and fuel his continuing influence?

Michael Jackson is regarded as one of the most important musicians of our time. Going well beyond the average celebrity biography, this comprehensive book looks at why that is true, offering insights into every facet of Jackson’s art, his life, and his artistic afterlife. It looks at the methods by which his work was created, presented, received, and appropriated, and discusses Jackson’s varied personas along with his public and private appearances, albums, conceptual art, short films, and dance, as well as his use of costume, makeup, and reinvention.

To help readers understand the phenomenon that was—and is—Michael Jackson, the book focuses on Jackson’s historical context through an analysis of his films, songs, and books, examining him as an artist and shedding light on the political and ideological debates that surrounded him. Not shying away from the controversial aspects of Jackson’s life and legacy, it also tackles questions of sexuality and racism, gender, and class, comparing Jackson to artists ranging from J. S. Bach to Andy Warhol. Through its examination of Jackson’s entire catalog, the work connects all the aspects of his art and life to exemplify—and explain—the performer’s unparalleled influence in the 20th and 21st centuries.


Features
•Foreword by academic, Dr. Joseph Vogel, author of Amazon bestseller, Man in the Music: The Creative Life and  Work of Michael Jackson.
• Exclusive illustrations and preface by artist, Karin Merx, editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Studies.
• Takes a sophisticated, academic approach to understanding Jackson’s art and life, providing insights into his entire body of work from a perspective never before available outside of music/culture journals.
• Concentrates on aspects of Jackson’s art that have not previously been researched, such as his use of costumes and clothing, his poetry, and his function as an auteur.
• Includes a section focused on Jackson’s posthumous work and representation.
• Connects with the study of literature, including a unique appendix of academic research into high-status black representation on the early modern stage, and the work of William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.


Documentary Interview Series with Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation

Episode 1 of 4 (Author Interview)
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This eleventh episode stands in the light episode-11-lizof the forthcoming book of Elizabeth Amisu, editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies. Karin has Elizabeth as her guest to interview her on The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife. They talk about how an idea became a book, the model it is based on, and Elizabeth gives a brief overview of some of the chapters in the book.

Episode 2 of 4 (Author Interview)
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This twelfth  episode stands in the light of the MJ Academy and the forthcoming book of Elizabeth Amisu, editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies. Karin has Elizabeth as her guest to interview her on The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife. They talk about the critical essay in the book, the process of writing, the sources Elizabeth used for her research, section one of the book ‘Art as Life’, and the brand new course Teaching Michael Jackson Studies.

Episode 3 of 4 (Author Interview)
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livefromkingventionThis exclusive episode, the first of Season 3, was recorded at Kingvention on September 10, 2016. In this exclusive episode, Karin and Elizabeth discuss the third section of Elizabeth’s academic book, The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife.

Episode 4 of 4 (Author Interview)
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episode-16This sixteenth episode is an exclusive celebration of the release of  The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic AfterlifeIn this last interview of the series with the author Elizabeth Amisu, editor of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, Karin asks several questions about the process of becoming published with a mass-market academic publisher, and Elizabeth also answers questions from official @MJAS29 journal Twitter followers.


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What The World is Saying About The Dangerous Philosophies of  Michael Jackson

img_6144Joseph Vogel, author of Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson, called Elizabeth’s work, ‘intelligent and illuminating’ and ‘passionate, keen, often daring’.
V4HBt4X0.jpgThe MJCAST, the world’s premiere Michael Jackson podcast said, ‘it looks like an excellent book… it’s all about Michael Jackson’s artistry… we’re really excited about this book… we’re going to cover it more in depth…’.
karin-e1449753806962Karin Merx, illustrator and academic: ‘I have seen this book grow from a first published essay on the internet to what it is now, an indispensable source for all who wish to know about Michael Jackson’s art’.


The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson – In the Press

September 30th, 2016: Author Interview: Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation Episode 16 – A Celebration of the Book Release of ‘The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson

September 13th, 2016: Author Interview: Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation Episode 15 – MJAS Exclusive – Live from Kingvention

• August 7th, 2016: Author Interview: Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation Episode 11 – MJ Academy: ‘The Dangerous Philosophies Of Michael Jackson’ Pt. 2

• July 23rd, 2016: Third Radio-Mention on The MJ Cast Ep. 36 The Other Bernie Sanders (18:16)

 July 7th, 2016: Author Interview: Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation Episode 11 – Author & Text: ‘The Dangerous Philosophies Of Michael Jackson’ Pt. 1

• June 25th, 2016: Second Radio-Mention on The MJ Cast Ep. 34 June 25th Special feat. Kevin Stea (2:00:06)

• February 17, 2016: First Radio-Mention on The MJCast Ep. 34 They’ve Got Chalk to Sell (02:19:00)

• January 13, 2016: International online magazine, MJ Vibe features The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson

• January 7, 2016: First ever interview on Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation Episode 2 –2015 Recap: Past, Present And Future Book 1


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