On Michael Jackson | Granta

  • Published: 03/05/2018
  • ISBN: 9781783784202
  • 129x20mm
  • 160 pages

On Michael Jackson

Margo Jefferson

Michael Jackson: provocateur, icon, enigma.

Who was he, really? And how does his spectacular rise, his catastrophic fall, reflect upon those who made him, those who broke him, and those who loved him?

Almost ten years on from Jackson’s untimely death, here is Margo Jefferson’s definitive and dazzling dissection of the King of Pop: a man admired for his music, his flair, his performances; and censured for his skin, his erratic behaviour, and, in his final years, for his relationships with children.

A startlingly forthright consideration of what drove Jackson then and what drives our thinking of him now

Esquire

Dazzling

Tatler

Margo Jefferson's excellent, empathic take on the singer, encapsulating the pressures of being a child star, the most famous person on the planet and having a complicated legacy that can sometimes make people forget about the music

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The Author

The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, MARGO JEFFERSON was for years a theater and book critic for Newsweek and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in, among other publications, Vogue, New York magazine, and The New Republic. She is the author of On Michael Jackson and is a professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts.

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