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Wednesday, March 20 2013

The Pop Culture Death Trap, Part 3: Grief and Immortality

Through the act of collective mourning, we elevate dead celebrities to near-divinity. The need is both a primitive and a decidedly American one: to define ourselves by something other than an alienating individualism.

Tuesday, September 27 2011

Michael Jackson, Dangerous, and the Reinvention of Pop

Nirvana and company may have killed off '80s rock. But if pop was dead, its "king" had successfully created alternatives.

Thursday, August 26 2010

Mythologizing Michael Jackson

Aristotle's wisdom about these protagonists suffering irreparable loss at the hands of destiny is applicable to Jackson's journey: he suffered disproportionately more than he deserved; he was intelligent and gifted at evoking pathos in his audience; and he had influence but was in conflict with external forces and internal demons. In short: he was a flawed, tragic figure.

Wednesday, July 8 2009

'Thriller': The First in Meta Horror

"Thriller" was the first 'meta' horror film, paving the way for much of the genre films we enjoy today.

Sunday, July 5 2009

Thriller, Nevermore: Michael Jackson’s Tell-Tale Obsession with Edgar Allan Poe

Much has been made of Michael Jackson’s identification with the character of Peter Pan, but the late singer had another literary devotion that didn’t make it into his obituaries: He was an Edgar Allan Poe fanatic.


Wednesday, May 21 2014

Michael Jackson: Xscape

Michael Jackson's Xscape is free of his dated style and is all the better for it.

Thursday, September 20 2012

Michael Jackson: Bad 25 [Deluxe Edition]

Definitively answering the age-old question of "Who's bad?"

Sunday, January 9 2011

'Michael Jackson's Vision' Into the Future

The Moonwalker's short films are brought together here in a single collection. Are you still down with Michael? Are you down? Are you bad?!

Sunday, January 2 2011

Michael Jackson: Michael

Michael Jackson's posthumous 2010 album Michael, the first in nine years, reminds us that the best of Michael has already been released.

Thursday, December 3 2009

Michael Jackson: The Definitive Collection

Universal Motown cashes in with another redundant compilation.


Friday, October 26 2012

Counterbalance No. 104: Michael Jackson's 'Off the Wall'

Keep on with the force, don’t stop. Don’t stop until you get enough of the 104th most acclaimed album of all time. Michael Jackson returns to the Great List with his 1979 breakthrough.

Thursday, December 8 2011

CONTEST: Win the Ultimate Home Theater System and "Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon"

Enter for your chance to win a copy of Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon on Blu-ray along with a Blu-ray disc home theater system (prize pack valued at $375)!

Friday, April 1 2011

Counterbalance No. 27: Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller'

With over 140 trillion copies sold, it’s no surprise that Michael Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller would wind up on Acclaimed Music’s Big List. Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn would just as soon not be startin’ somethin’, but here we are.

Monday, September 28 2009

Michael Jackson, King of Pain

Death, where is thy drop off the radar screen? The industry, phenomenon and force of artistry known as Michael Jackson is very much alive, if

Wednesday, July 15 2009

Mapped Out on the Body: Michael Jackson’s Vision for Inclusiveness

With his brown skin, button nose, and chemically straightened hair, it significantly matter that Michael Jackson was black not white, male not female, from a poor family, not rich one. Unsurprisingly, he sought to re-map the globe.


Friday, November 16 2012

Randall Sullivan’s ‘Untouchable’ Book Angers Jackson Family

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson fans have been eagerly anticipating Randall Sullivan’s “Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson,” which went on

Thursday, May 24 2012

Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ to get 25th anniversary reissue

LOS ANGELES — In the three years following Michael Jackson’s death, his estate has been conservative with posthumous releases from the King of Pop’s

Monday, December 13 2010

Rival takes on Jackson estate with help from Michael's mother

LOS ANGELES — For someone trying to sell a book, it couldn't get much better than this: Oprah Winfrey, the nation's reader-in-chief, was holding up a

Tuesday, November 9 2010

Controversial posthumous Michael Jackson single debuts

LOS ANGELES — Even in death Michael Jackson has managed to captivate the media, so it's only appropriate that the lead single from his first posthumous

Friday, June 25 2010

Michael Jackson, A.D.

As the first anniversary of his June 25 death approaches, a primer on Michael Jackson, post­mortem: Q. What happened to Jackson's record sales after he

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