- Published: 03/05/2018
- ISBN: 9781783784202
- 160 pages
On Michael Jackson
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.
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A startlingly forthright consideration of what drove Jackson then and what drives our thinking of him now
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 self is the work of art. Criticism puts that self in the service of other art.’
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