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Michael Jackson: The Possibility of Communion

Read "Michael Jackson: The Possibility of Communion" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Can anyone write about Michael Jackson's music without talking about themselves? My story goes like this. An after-school dance in the multi-use room at Charlotte Wood Junior High School. I'm 13 years old, my back firmly affixed to the wall, together with my coterie of friends, watching the less socially awkward kids dance in the center of the room. All of a sudden an insistent bass line, tapping me on the shoulder, resonating in my gut like butterflies in my ...


Remembering Michael: Help Me Sing It

Read "Remembering Michael: Help Me Sing It" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

“Lift your head up high / And scream out to the world I know I am someone / And let the truth unfurl Ain't no one can hurt you now / Because you know what's true Yes, I believe in me / So you believe in you Help me sing it..."

Just like I remember where I stood in 1977 when news of Elvis' death ripped across televisions everywhere, most ...


Michael Jackson: Lush Life

Read "Lush Life" reviewed by Samuel L. Peapye

Queen Latifah recorded one, and Rod Stewart has released two. That's right, pop stars are making jazz records these days. It was just a matter of time before the King of Pop headed to the studio to make his jazz album. With a maturing audience for his music, the forty-something fan base for Michael almost demanded this recording.

Like the legendary silent film star Fatty Arbuckle, who had his career sidelined by legal woes, the pop star had ...

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