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Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears a Crown: Remembering Michael Jackson

No case study can come close to approximating the one-of-a-kind wunderkind who became the King of Pop. His story is unique, and will likely remain the triumphant and ultimately tragic cultural touchstone of our times.

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Michael Jackson and the Mix

Creating a mix CD is different than listening to an album. Instead of listening to artists tell their stories, you use their music to tell one of your own.

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Why the Memory of  ‘The King of Pop’ Matters

I hope his effusive childlike enthusiasm gives him access to heaven’s gate, where maybe he can reconstruct the childhood he once lost.

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20 Questions: Eleni Mandell

Acclaimed songwriter Eleni Mandell answers PopMatters ‘Miss America’-like 20 Questions with self-deprecating humor.

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You Can Call Her ‘Dr.’ Dolly Parton

With her honorary doctorate in hand, here's hoping she'll next broker peace in the Middle East, repair the economy, and explain the twisted plotlines of 'Lost' -- Lord knows, the woman is capable.

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The MJ Top Ten Tribute

The ultimate list of icons to pay performance tribute to THE icon.

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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.

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Peter Pan Has Left the Building

The King of Pop’s life and times reads like a parallel social history of the United States since Ike’s White House tenure.

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R.I.P. Michael Jackson

What I distinctly remember was the incredible sense of awe I felt when Michael took the stage. I was totally captivated. He struck such a defiant opening pose, I was intimidated by the man.

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Tell ‘em That It’s Human Nature

All of the allegations and weirdness aside, Michael Jackson made an impact on music and culture that few ever have. It's for that reason that I cannot help but be at least mildly moved by his passing.

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My Michael

As an adult, I haven’t the foggiest idea of what a “King of Pop” is or does, but as a six-year-old, I was pretty sure Michael Jackson invented music.

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Win the Ultimate Michael Jackson Discography on MP3

Sign up with Lala to receive our Michael Jackson playlist for free and be entered to win a complete Michael Jackson discography on MP3.

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Viva Africa: An Interview with Amadou & Mariam and BLK JKS

African music, often exiled from the pop mainstream, is making a new incursion in the U.S. Darling speaks to two major African artists, plus highlights the best new releases.

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Long Live the King: Remembering Michael Jackson

As the world mourns the passing of its definitive pop star, we must ask ourselves why his death means so much to us -- and where the legacy of one of the greatest entertainers of all time now stands.

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Five Days in March: Uncle Tupelo’s Quiet Revolution

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy may have left country behind, but in 1992, he helped redefine the sound of alt-country.

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October - December 1999: Mos Def to Jay-Z

Part 5 covers albums from October through December, highlighted by the political rock of Rage Against the Machine and Joe Strummer, as well as major league hip-hop from Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip and Jay-Z.

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August - October 1999: Dixie Chicks to the Bloodhound Gang

Part 4 brings a superb sophomore turn from the Dixie Chicks while Garth Brooks goes kinda nuts. British rock stands proud with Muse, Gomez, and Supergrass and the schlocky, corporate rock of Creed rockets to the top of the U.S. charts.

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June - August 1999: The White Stripes to Andrew Bird

Part 3 covers albums from June through August, highlighted by the debut of the White Stripes and stellar electronic music from Basement Jaxx, the Chemical Brothers, and µ-Ziq and hip-hop from Missy Elliott and Kool Keith.

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Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain (Legacy Edition)

The secret to creating music that stands the test of time is to create timeless music: Sketches of Spain was, and remains, quite unlike anything else created in the jazz idiom.

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March - June 1999: The Olivia Tremor Control to Pavement

PopMatters turns 10 this year and to celebrate we are looking back at the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Part 2 covers albums from March through June, highlighted by monster hits from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Moby and Dido.

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That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

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"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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