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On Michael Jackson

Margo Jefferson

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Andrea Johnson

Length:

3h 49m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:26


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:37


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:08


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:27


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:38


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:28


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:31


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:53


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:20


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:15