Michael Jackson the Legend

“IF YOU ENTER THIS WORLD KNOWING YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU LEAVE THE WORLD KNOWING THE SAME.

THEN EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN BETWEEN CAN BE DEALT WITH”

Michael Jackson “the King of Pop” was the record breaking show-stopping singer/ dancer that inspired millions. Jackson ranked alongside Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the biggest pop sensations of all time.

His 1982 album “Thriller” which included the blockbuster hits “Beat It,” “Billie Jean”. “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time, with an estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide.

He won 13 Grammys. Jackson’s 13 No. 1 one hits on the Billboard charts put him behind only Presley, the Beatles and Mariah Carey.

He suffered a cardiac arrest and died at the UCLA Medical Center. He was 50 years old.

He is survived by his three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.

Michael Joseph Jackson was born Aug. 29, 1958, in Gary, Ind to Joe and Katherine Jackson – the seventh child in a family of nine kids.

He was 4 years old when he began singing with his brothers – Marlon, Jermaine, Jackie and Tito in the Jackson 5. The group set chart records with its first four singles, including “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”

He got the plum Scarecrow role in the 1978 movie musical “The Wiz,” a pop version of “The Wizard of Oz,” that starred Diana Ross as Dorothy.

Michael Jackson released his solo album “Off the Wall”, co-produced with Jones. The disc spawned monster hits including “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Rock With You.”

On March 25, 1983, Jackson performed his single “Billie Jean” live on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever TV special, where he debuted a dance, the moonwalk, that was to become his signature move.

Michael Jackson was named the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time” by the Guinness World Records, Michael Jackson is among the most highly acclaimed and influential artists in pop culture. He was named the World Music Award’s Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium and received the American Music Award’s Artist of the Century Award.

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8 responses to “Michael Jackson the Legend

  1. how to get Michael Jackson personal blog/profile?

  2. i was really sad when i herd that he was dead.but when people die you should be happy so i am. when he died he took about half of the world with him.

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  4. For those interested, critic Armond White is hosting a special presentation on the music videos of Michael Jackson. Specifically, it deals with Michael’s innovations in the music video genre.

    It takes place in New York City over at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center at the end of August. Here’s the link.

    http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/onsale/mj.html

    Armond White made a similar presentation in January of 2008.

    You can check out a clip on YouTube. In the search function, type in ‘Armond White on Michael Jackson’s Legacy’ or Google it.

    Best,
    Wow Jones

  5. For those who still grieve the loss of this uniquely gifted and generous man and feel he was viciously attacked by the mainstream media following his 2005 acquittal, I urge you to visit our group discussion and see how you can help in our effort to get a full public vindication for Michael. His legacy deserves it, and so do his children. Please join us! We love you for loving Michael, and he would always say, “I Love You More!” Rest in peace, Earth Angel.

  6. For those who still grieve the loss of this uniquely gifted and generous man and feel he was viciously attacked by the mainstream media following his 2005 acquittal, I urge you to visit our group discussion and see how you can help in our effort to get a full public vindication for Michael. His legacy deserves it, and so do his children. Please join us! We love you for loving Michael, and he would always say, “I Love You More!” Rest in peace, Earth Angel.

    http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/Vindication_Better_Than_Tributes/

  7. I LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON WITH ALL MY HEART I REALLY DO REST IN PEACE LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON FOREVER.

  8. Thursday, October 15, 2009 — by Wow Jones

    New Book Asserts That Pop Star Michael Jackson was “more than an entertainer.”

    NY Press Film Critic (and current New York Film Critics Circle Chairman) Armond White has published a new book on Pop Star MICHAEL JACKSON entitled KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles.

    The book is a collection of essays/reviews/capsules/reflections by critic Armond White. They chronicle the creations of Michael Jackson and note the context of related works by others. Written throughout his quarter-century as a critic (including a twelve year stretch as the Arts Editor of the Black-owned New York City weekly newspaper THE CITY SUN), the writing focuses on the work Michael Jackson produced AFTER the record-breaking commercial success of the Thriller album as represented by the songs and music videos created and associated with the Bad, Dangerous, HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I and Blood On The Dance Floor albums. Throughout, Armond White examines the impact of Michael Jackson as a cultural phenomenon, aesthetic/music force and dance icon/show-biz influence.

    During the outpouring of public grieving in the aftermath of Michael Jackson’s passing earlier this year, Armond White noticed that the “Standard media demeaning of a black male icon was no longer acceptable. Michael Jackson’s art roused deep affection…Not just Black Americans but people around the world felt the same way—protective and loving.”

    In KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles, Armond White notes, “Michael Jackson’s importance wasn’t showbiz as usual, it moved through the ongoing issues of race, class, sex, spirituality and aesthetics.” To that end, topics written about include (but are not limited to):

    -the universal primal family tensions, competitiveness, pressures and drama that drove the Jackson family (and helped influence/shape Michael Jackson)

    -the continuous innovations by Michael Jackson of the taken-for-granted music video form, his Hollywood influences and Michael Jackson’s impact not only on the record industry but pop culture itself

    -the showbiz secret behind the change in Michael’s appearance that was announced by the release of the Bad album

    -the American shame Michael Jackson addressed (and transcends) with the Black Or White song/music video

    -the cultural exchange dramatized by and emotional seduction of the song/music video, Remember The Time

    -the psychological conflict suggested by the song/music video In The Closet

    -Michael Jackson’s connection to Black culture (and his innovative musical/aesthetic breakthrough) demonstrated in the music video/song Jam

    -the groundbreaking characterization of Jackson patriarch Joe Jackson by actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs in the TV movie The Jacksons: An American Legend

    -the practiced vengeance of the media witchhunt displayed during the controversy generated by the song “They Don’t Care About Us”

    While many people point to the albums, Off The Wall and Thriller as creative peaks for Michael Jackson’s solo career, Armond White insists that while those albums are splendid, you CANNOT stop there, paying attention to his post-Thriller work is crucial to understanding Michael Jackson’s development as an artist. In fact, throughout the book, critic Armond White makes the case for Michael Jackson being an artist, not “just” an entertainer. As for Michael Jackson’s work after Thriller being perceived as flawed or troubled or problematic, Armond White writes, “Michael Jackson’s pleasureable pop art pushed the culture forward—challenging it—as he also challenged himself…Michael Jackson’s art was never meant to be controversial or difficult, and I tried to show in these essays that it wasn’t—if one received it with open eyes, ears and heart.”

    KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles measures 5 ½ inches by 8 ½, inches, is 130 pages long and costs $13.00 ($10.00 + $3.00 Shipping And Handling).

    For more information (including ordering instructions) on the book KEEP MOVING: The Michael Jackson Chronicles, please visit the blog:

    http://www.resistanceworks.blogspot.com

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