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Michael Jackson was once universally acclaimed as a song-and-dance man of genius; Wacko Jacko is now, more often than not, dismissed for his bizarre race and gender transformations and confounding antics, even as he is commonly reviled for the child molestation charges twice brought against him. Whence the weirdness and alleged criminality? How to account for Michael Jackson's rise and fall? In On Michael Jackson — an at once passionate, incisive, and bracing work of cultural analysis — Pulitzer Prize?winning critic for the New York Times Margo Jefferson brilliantly unravels the complexities of one of the most enigmatic figures of our time.

Who is Michael Jackson and what does it mean to call him a "What Is It"? What do P. T. Barnum, Peter Pan, and Edgar Allan Poe have to do with our fascination with Jackson? How did his curious Victorian upbringing and his tenure as a child prodigy on the "chitlin' circuit" inform his character and multiplicity of selves? How is Michael Jackson's celebrity related to the outrageous popularity of nineteenth-century minstrelsy? What is the perverse appeal of child stars for grown-ups and what is the price of such stardom for these children and for us? What uncanniness provoked Michael Jackson to become "Alone of All His Race, Alone of All Her Sex," while establishing himself as an undeniably great performer with neo-Gothic, dandy proclivities and a producer of visionary music videos? What do we find so unnerving about Michael Jackson's presumed monstrosity? In short, how are we all of us implicated?

In her stunning first book, Margo Jefferson gives us the incontrovertible lowdown on call-him-what-you-wish; she offers a powerful reckoning with a quintessential, richly allusive signifier of American society and popular culture.

Synopsis:

A Pulizer Prize-winning culture critic reflects on the cultural and social significance of Michael Jackson, exploring the diverse ways in which the spectacle of Jackson's life and musical talents have shaped American social and popular culture and why we continue to be fascinated by the enigmatic phenomenon of Michael Jackson. 75,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Michael Jackson was once acclaimed as a song-and-dance man of genius; Wacko Jacko is now, more often than not, dismissed and reviled. Whence the weirdness and alleged criminality? How to account for his rise and fall? In this work of cultural analysis, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson unravels the complexities of one of the most enigmatic figures of our time. What do P. T. Barnum, Peter Pan, and Edgar Allan Poe have to do with our fascination with Jackson? How did his upbringing and his tenure as a child prodigy inform his character and multiplicity of selves? What is the perverse appeal of child stars for grown-ups and what is the price of such stardom for these children and for us? What do we find so unnerving about Michael Jackson's presumed monstrosity? In short, how are we, all of us, implicated?--From publisher description.

About the Author

Margo Jefferson has written for The New York Times since 1993 and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1995. Her reviews and essays have also appeared in The Nation, Vogue, Grand Street, The Village Voice, American Theatre, Dance Ink, and Harper’s Magazine. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Freaks — Home — Star child — Alone of all his race, alone of all her sex — Trial — Notes — Acknowledgments.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375424250
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Subject:
Social Science-Popular Culture - General
Author:
Jefferson, Margo
Subject:
Social Science : Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Pop
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Music-Rock Biography
Subject:
Music-Soul and Motown
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060110
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
146

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On Michael Jackson
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Product details 146 pages Pantheon - English 9780375424250 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A Pulizer Prize-winning culture critic reflects on the cultural and social significance of Michael Jackson, exploring the diverse ways in which the spectacle of Jackson's life and musical talents have shaped American social and popular culture and why we continue to be fascinated by the enigmatic phenomenon of Michael Jackson. 75,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Michael Jackson was once acclaimed as a song-and-dance man of genius; Wacko Jacko is now, more often than not, dismissed and reviled. Whence the weirdness and alleged criminality? How to account for his rise and fall? In this work of cultural analysis, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson unravels the complexities of one of the most enigmatic figures of our time. What do P. T. Barnum, Peter Pan, and Edgar Allan Poe have to do with our fascination with Jackson? How did his upbringing and his tenure as a child prodigy inform his character and multiplicity of selves? What is the perverse appeal of child stars for grown-ups and what is the price of such stardom for these children and for us? What do we find so unnerving about Michael Jackson's presumed monstrosity? In short, how are we, all of us, implicated?--From publisher description.
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