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Michael Jackson is dead

  • Jun 25, 2009
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No matter what you think about Jackson's personal life (or rather public life), he was as important to the history of music as Elvis.  Starting with the Jackson 5 when he was just a child, he changed his clothing style, his nose and his skin color, but he kept the same soulful sound.  He was very distinctive and there is simply no way anyone could mistake him for anyone else.  He was 50.  He may have been an extreme weirdo, but you have to admit that he was talented and influentual.  For me, he will always be the wonderful Scarecrow in the wonderful musical THE WIZ.  He sang the all important song "You can't win, you can't break even and you can't quit the game".  Well, I guess now he has quit the game.  Rest well, Michael.  You will also be missed.

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June 26, 2009
Unfortunately, most of these child actors have greedy parents who aren't grounded themselves....in other words, they see dollars signs. There are only a few who have turned out OK. One is director Ron Howard who had wonderful parents and another is Stanley Livingston from My Three Sons whose parents told him it was "just a job, don't let it go to your head." I don't believe in exploiting children for the purpose of the parents monetary growth. In Jackson's case his father wanted to get out of poverty in Gary, Indiana, and he saw his children's talent as a step up to a better life. The Osmonds are another example of the type of exploitation.
 
June 26, 2009
Interesting reference to the Righteous Brothers since Bobby Hatfield has died as well way ahead of his time too. Child stars in any field have never fared well and no matter what pain he may or may not have inflicted on others its hard not to feel sympathy for Michael Jackson.
 
June 26, 2009
Thanks for your review.  Quite the tragedy. You might be interested in @drifter51 review of Michael Jackson.
 
June 26, 2009
He probably had his moments, but true happines? I doubt it. Which brings up the subject of children in show business.....they get kicked around a lot to this day when they're very good laws out there to protect these kids. When Jackson started out, many of those laws didn't exist. Children are only allowed to work so many hours in the day. My understanding is that he worked all hours of the day and night, with not much protection from his parents.....sad and really criminal!
June 26, 2009
I was thinking along those lines last night. Sure, many child actors have "overcome" the challenges they faced growing up in the spotlight or in a showbiz family, but for the most part, it's a recipe for a maladjusted adulthood. And even the successful ones tend to go through difficult phases of say, drug use and allegations of this or that but are able to emerge and jumpstart their careers and earn back the public's approval.
When celebrities die young and at the height of their popularity, they tend to be remembered for their potential future contributions that will never be seen due to their tragic deaths. When celebrities have the "misfortune" to live longer, there will inevitably be ups and downs in their careers, sometimes accompanied by falls from grace.
Also, I'm not an expert on pop culture, but it seems like the public is even quicker to judge celebrities now than they were 2 or 3 decades ago.
June 26, 2009
I have to agree. We envy them the money and the fame, but I wonder how we would have survived with the same childhood he had, or Drew Barrymore, or Brittany Spears?
 
June 26, 2009
Yes, he WAS truly a talent and I would almost define him as a genius....innovative and ahead of his time. My first thoughts were that I wish him peace. He probably hasn't had much of that since he was a kid.
June 26, 2009
Makes you wonder if all that money, all the fame, all that power is really worth it, doesn't it? I wonder if he was ever really happy
 
June 25, 2009
Good review. I'm sure the local radio stations will start dusting off the old albums and CDs and play some marathons. That's fine, because I'd rather remember his music than his court appearances and inability to accept his skin color. Thanks for this.
June 25, 2009
Thanks, James. You know, there comes a time when you have to ignore the personal foibles of a performer and simply go by his or her influence. Michael Jackson had a HUGE influence on music and deserves to be remembered fondly
 
June 25, 2009
I always felt sorry for Michael Jackson. He was a sad and pathetic looking figure, always looking for someone to love. As far as his music, definitively iconic and always on the cutting edge. I enjoyed both his music and his fabulous dancing.....maybe he'll have some peace now away from the menacing press.
June 25, 2009
He was a tragic figure, but oh so talented. I wish him peace. As the Righteous Brothers said "If there's a rock and roll heaven, you know they have one hell of a band" Well, now they have another lead singer
 
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Michael Jackson was unquestionably the biggest pop star of the '80s, and certainly one of the most popular recording artists of all time. In his prime, Jackson was an unstoppable juggernaut, possessed of all the tools to dominate the charts seemingly at will: an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and loads of sheer star power. His 1982 blockbuster Thriller became the biggest-selling album of all time (probably his best-known accomplishment), and he was the first black artist to find stardom on MTV, breaking down innumerable boundaries both for his race and for music video as an art form. Yet as Jackson's career began, very gradually, to descend from the dizzying heights of his peak years, most of the media's attention focused on his increasingly bizarre eccentricities; he was often depicted as an arrested man-child, completely sheltered from adult reality by a life spent in show business. The snickering turned to scandal in 1993, when Jackson was accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy; although he categorically denied the charges, his out-of-court settlement failed to restore his tarnished image. He never quite escaped the stigma of those allegations, and while he continued to sell records at superstar-like levels, he didn't release them with enough frequency (or, many critics thought, inspiration) to once again become better known for his music than his private life. Whether as a pop ...

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Filmography: Men in Black II, The Wiz
Nationality: American
Bands or Musical Groups: Jackson 5
Instruments: Vocals, piano, drums, beatbox, guitar
Genre: Pop
Debut: 1964
Country: United States
Birth Date: August 29, 1958
Birth Place: Gary, Indiana, USA
Gender: Male
Height: 5' 11"
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