On Michael Jackson ( kindle ) by Margo Jefferson
Ck on us instead There are some factual slips hey I m a fan with an ncyclopedic knowledge of MJ I can t help it but overall the conc Yes my longest and most thoughtful Goodreads review is for a book about Michael Jackson Since he died I ve been upset upset than I The Man from Beijing expected Michael Jackson was for me what he was to many always there in the background whether it was his inspired music dance and presence in thearly 80s the speculation over his increasingly bizarre behavior starting in the mid to late 80s or the sinister role he took on as charges of sexual molestation were brought against him Always there someone you raised your Creating Lasting Value eyebrows at someone you never doubted would be there forever whether because that s how it had always been or because of the freakish lineless mask his face had become His sudden death was surprising as in I didn t know that could happen andxtremely upsetting because he runs through my childhood memories and because his life seemed incredibly sad I gave into this weird intense mourning read a lot of news stories that all said pretty much the same thing watched a lot of his videos Understanding Markets and Strategy especially his older stuff cried a few times and finally came across this bookMargo Jefferson s tone is academic as shexplores Jackson She of course depends heavily on biographical details for many of the conclusions she comes to but she also analyzes the trainwreck of his xistence covering until he is acuitted on the molestation charges in 2005 through culture race gender and sexuality She briefly tells us about Motown by the late 60s it was beginning to decline but had the sexuality She briefly tells us about Motown by the late 60s it was beginning to decline but had the goals it always had of captivating black and white audiences without allowing for musical motional outbursts or improvisation but rather pure pleasure addictive pleasure She dedicates an Immerwelt - Der Pakt entire chapter to the stress put on the Jackson children and child stars in general Shirley Temple is uoted from her own autobiography It is notasy to be a Hollywood starlet Starlets have to kiss a lot of people including some unattractive ones Often starlets are knocked down to the floor or pricked by diaper pins The hours are long Whoosh That statement knocks the air right out of you Jefferson discusses the sexualization of child performers particularly Michael Jackson Asked to move sing and act like an adult while talking about things children don t really understand romantic and sexual love and the loss of it He did it uncannily well She discusses the freaks of PT Barnum and places Jackson within that context not only for his ver changing face but also because of his fascination with Barnum she discusses Peter Pan JM Barrie his mother as a Jehovah s Witness and the historical rejection of typically black features both within and without black communities particularly skin color nose width lip
Size And Hair Texture You Can See Why The Latter and hair texture You can see why the latter is relevant to a discussion of Jackson She discusses his parents and siblings his upbringing his solo rise to global fame Note too that she covers all of these topics and the book is a brisk 146 page readSo did Jefferson answer my uestions about Jackson What was wrong with him Why did he drastically change his appearance Why did he surround himself with mostly sick needy children mind you I do not believe he sexually abused any of those children And seriously this is something I ve always wondered and am really looking for an answer to why did he always grab his crotch Well first Jefferson did kind of answer my uestions with interesting creative suggestions though it s mostly speculation Now back to the crotch grabbing She focuses on the video for Black or White in which Jackson is pretty heavy with the crotch grabs and shots She says And he dances a violent tap dance without real tap sounds Which makes it oddly ominous we see and feel the percussion but we don t hear it It creates a strange tension Partly because it s sinuous and legant the way soft shoe tap is And very much because Picture Theory every few beats he strokes snatches at caresses hisphallusIn retrospect the crotch clutch seems at once desperate and abstract It is as if he were telling us Fine you need to know I m a man a black man Here s my dick I ll thrust my dick at you Isn t that what a black man s supposed to do But I m Michael Jackson so just look but you can t touch It wasn Sight to Jackson’s 2005 trial for child molestation startling us with herrudite illumination of a media drenched circus that we only thought we understood As only she can Jefferson reads between the lines of Jackson’s 1998 autobiography .
I was never a fan of MJ although he was the biggest thing since sliced bread in pop culture during my formative years I do like several of this songs his dancing is phenomenalbut the Ancestral Voices evolution of his character career and physical being the stuff ofndless articles is tackled in this short book written with a academic pen than a tabloid one As other reviewers have noted there is a lack of depth that leaves one unsatisfied This is the book I would have dreamed of writing had I decided to go to grad school It s like listening to your cool professor in a seminar called Constructing Identities in fill in the blank I read it because Michael Jackson represented such a big part of my childhood and I was And Bid Him Sing expecting a regular biography that would give me a walk down memory lane Instead the book made me appreciate MJ in a way I never thought possible He truly defied any categorization which I think is one of the reasons people felt so uncomfortable about him People need to be able to pigeonholeverything and Aristotle Detective (Aristotle even in Hollywood all thenhancements people do typically Bones, Clones, and Biomes emphasize that category in anxaggerated way women get breast implants to look feminine for Bringing the Empire Home example MJ snhancements caused him to transcend categories Man or woman black or white man or child Selfless or self absorbed I don t think anyone thought he was trying to become Asian but he most reminded me of a Japanese manga character specially near the nd Michael Jackson is a fascinating artist and personality Unfortunately this book did not do justice to him or his work Fairly disappointing One would think that a book titled On Michael Jackson would attempt some kind of objectivity in writing about such a controversial mega star Unfortunately the author says Building the Cold War everything we have already heard he is a freak he is odd he is asexualtc What disturbed me most was the voice which was very matter of fact when it is clear that nobody really knows all of the facts of Jackson s life I wanted so much and it just wasn t there There were a few strong points regarding Jackson s apparent desire to transcend race while defying masculinity norms I read this book when it first came out and ordered a copy when Jackson died I appreciated and appreciate ven so now Jefferson s ability to discuss both sides of Jackson his unuestionable talent and the irreparable harm caused to him in the name of that talent and the possibility that the irreparable harm caused to him in the name of that talent and the possibility that may have caused harm to others as a result Jefferson s book is an xample of how to talkthink about Jackson and his role in our culture without lapsing into the disturbing romanticization of him going on now or falling into labeling him a child molester and dismissing him I wish we could just let him go and hope he s in a better place If you re looking for an in depth look at Michael Jackson this isn t it and I don
T THINK THE BOOK IS PARTICULARLYthink the book is particularly written In fact the author seems to know so little about Michael Jackson that you really wonder how she could have been so bold as to have written a book about the length of two New Yorker articles about the musical superstar I m not Counter-Amores even sure how to describe this book it seemed to be a whimsical or poetic or reflective look at Michael Jackson Still I liked the book I m glad the author declined to pass judgement on Jackson I agree that he was a strange and sad and brilliant person but I have my doubts as to whether he was a child molester Terrific premise disappointingxecution I think it s a great idea to xamine Michael Jackson as a persona performe Fine writing great critical analysis Interesting to compare the reviews of this book from before MJ died with those written immediately after his death and those written in the years since The book was published in 2006 3 years before Michael died I
have to wonder if my own reaction to some of the perspectivesto wonder if my own reaction to some of the perspectives tone in this book would have been different if I had read this back when it first came out His death unleashed a lot of unexpected motions in people Double Jeopardy especially Generation X fans who grew up or came of age in the midst of the monster s Michael Jackson speaks to and for the monstrous child in us allEasily the best thing I ve read that tries to figure out Michael Jackson The right mix of sympathy and uery that doesn t come up with an answer you can t turning the uestion ba. Margo Jefferson’s On Michael Jackson is a lucid andlegant cultural analysis of the rise and fall of the King of PopAn award winning cultural critic Jefferson brings an unexpected compassion as well as her sharp intellect and incomparable in.
characters On Michael JacksonReal it was symbolic Not a penis but a phallus This interpretation not so sure that I buy it though I would love to how awesome if Jackson was really thinking that It does put Jackson firmly in control of himself his image his actions his behavior My own impression of him was that of a vulnerable broken mentally ill and psychologically damaged man This is probably part of why I and many reacted so strongly to his death As my friend put it You just want to give him a hug and tell him you re on his side But you can t He s deadI can t uite believe that the crotch clutch goes as deep as all that Is it not just a childish dance move from a man who was somewhat stunted psychologically And I am serious when I say that I want to know what s behind the crotch clutch and I m Composition and Literature eually curious to know how America and the world accepted something so blatantly sexual into their lives this is not swaying your hips suggestively this is grabbing your dick But I do buy Jefferson s premise that Jackson s career and some of his physical transformation that called his gender race andntire identity into uestion was somewhat purposeful Perhaps psychological damage combined with narcissism and a need for perfection and the fact that he has been a sexual impersonator since age five gives us this He imitates no kind of life known to us He passes in plain sight Each appearance through the years has been a rehearsal a restaging Our doubts are never soothed our uestions never answered Passers are supposed to hide their past shed their racial or sexual history Michael s past is Cezanne and Provence everywhere Itxists in thousands of photographs and film images And perhaps
this is why we get Michael Jackson forty years after his rise to stardom holding his babyis why we get Michael Jackson forty years after his rise to stardom holding his baby the Dark Voices edge of a balcony a child star s act of vengeance Holding a baby over a balcony is furious infantile acting out doing something outrageous when people are interfering with you Hmmm Not sure I buy thatither but the theories this author has are interesting as hellA few things worth noting personally I see this deliberateness in Jackson s uestionable gender identity The video Scream is beautifully danced between him and his sister Janet There is a two second shot of him walking towards the camera in a very masculine way some sort of incredibly sexy macho swagger I had to replay it the first time after his death that I saw it The scene changes and a second or two later he s walking towards the camera again same flashy gold costume same backdrop But this time it s a very feminine walk narrow with Contested Reproduction each foot in line making his hips sway while his arms propel him forward Is he fucking with us I thought or can he just not keep thatffeminate runway walk from bursting out of him Either way he has xceptional control over his body Watch the video And the second note regarding Jackson s deliberateness in some things at least comes from Jefferson who says regarding his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley Kings are supposed to compete with their predecessors and kings are supposed to marry other royals Elvis s widow Priscilla Presley makes clear that she saw Michael Jackson as a scheming pretender building Neverland to top Graceland then courting Elvis s daughter to secure his lineage Same with the other towers of the music world the Beatles Michael learned to be as big as The Beatles He learned to be bigger When He Outbid Paul McCartney And Purchased he outbid Paul McCartney and purchased Beatles catalog a clever twist on the old money power and race uation that had white performers outselling black ones with cover versions of black hitsFinally Jefferson analyzes the criminal charges and trial and gets a nice fat jab in at that moron Nancy Grace and the celebrity crazed media and public who ate it all up She validates much of what I already thought about Jackson but she does it with a surprisingly thorough historical cultural and biographical analysis It s sad I m still so sad He was a messed up person whether his actions were deliberate or not As Jefferson says At this point Michael Jackson s damage is Creating Country Music eual to what his talent was and that means it isxtraordinary indeed This is deeply upsetting to witness Who wants to try and map that kind of compulsion and regression Who wants to watch mental illness in panoramic close up What language is available to us when talking about S well as published accounts of his childhood his family and Motown where Michael and his brothers first made the Jackson 5 a household name leaving us with provocative and perhaps unanswerable uestions about Jackson child stardom and fame itse. .