Before Michael Jackson, white rock dominated radio, MTV and print media, black artists were relegated to second-class categories, and “pop” was a euphemism for “bubblegum” fluff. After Michael Jackson, pop became the umbrella term for all of popular music — and the artist made sure he was coronated its king. In this new collection, critically-acclaimed author Joseph Vogel (Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson) gathers together some of his most provocative and challenging work on the enigmatic icon. Featuring twenty original pieces, this fascinating mosaic explores a wide range of subject matter: from behind-the-scenes histories of Jackson’s songs, to his cinematic ambitions, to his rivalry with Prince, to the ways in which he expanded the possibilities of pop.
“Vogel’s prodigious collection of essays…is both a poignant deconstruction and ardent retrofit of the greatest entertainer that ever lived. Vogel presents an honest and beautiful tableau-vivant of this Super-Man In The Mirror that will reflect in our collective consciousness for years to come.” —BARRY MICHAEL COOPER Award-winning journalist for the Village Voice and screenwriter for New Jack City