On the day before Halloween, WRIC reported that over three hundred students in Fishers, Indiana, performed Michael Jackson’s song “thriller” for doting parents and rapt audiences. This just goes to show that Jackson’s legacy is alive among the next generation too.
Rolling Stone Editor and author Steve Knopper did his bit to keep MJ’s legacy alive. He wrote a book. The best thing about the book is that it is focused on the musical legacy of Michael Jackson, a man who became a global phenomenon in the eighties. The book is aptly titled, “MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson” and it is published by Scribner press.
When people usually think of Jackson they usually think of the unfortunate events that led up to accusations of child molestation. They seldom remember that he was a musician who couldn’t play any instrument and his creative genius was such that he could create entire complex tunes in his head and ask the recording artists to play what he was singing till it all felt right.
They seldom remember that Jackson was congratulated by Fred Astaire himself after he performed the famed “moonwalk” on TV for the song “Billie Jean.” Astaire had called him the morning after and congratulated him telling him that MJ was an angry dancer like him.
This book remembers every last detail of Jackson’s achievements and tries to capture the essence of his creative genius in words.
Other things that are not as well known about Michael Jackson are the facts like this one. Even as a kid, he was really focused on dancing. He used to observe dancers as they moved and he eventually came up with a style that was completely his own. He tried to dance in a way that robots dance, and the result was his inimitable style. His dancing style is imitated but never duplicated.
The book gives a deep and sympathetic view on Jackson’s life. It should be a must read for any fan.
USA Today reported the news.
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