Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson, 1958-2009.

The pioneer of short form film in music video, Michael Jackson set the music world on fire and redirected the industry with numerous videos for songs like Beat It, Remember the Time, Smooth Criminal, Ghosts and of course, Thriller. He appeared in film as the Scarecrow in 1978's The Wiz with Diana Ross. His performance in Captain EO, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, was a Disney theme park attraction and ushered in new technologies for 3D camera work. His legacy is worldwide, undeniable and unforgettable.

Over the space of just 48 hours, the entertainment world has been forced to contend with the death of three icons of pop culture and three unique and irreplaceable talents. We join all in mourning this extraordinary period of loss.


  1. He may have been surrounded by controversies, and people will think what they will of him, but there is no question that we have lost something irreplaceable from an entertainment and cultural perspective. Like the premature loss of Marilyn Monroe, we will always be searching now for the next comparable thing... and never find it. I am so sad today and hope that he will be remembered for his legacy of talent and not for his eccentricities and controversies.
    "it's been my fate/to compensate/for the childhood i've never known" - Childhood, MJ.

  2. Thanks Keir for the comment. Even on the evening of his death, some television reporters were already digging into the sensationalism and eccentricities of Michael's past. Nothing more needs to be said about events that proved no more than the extraordinary tenacity of the press to target celebrity.
    With Michael's recent announcements of the 50 show concert comeback in Great Britain, we were excitedly hoping the event would be huge and insanely successful. A new CD, new material, a reenergized and revitalized performer who could offer, finally, another chapter in his legacy and another revelation of his talent. Though that day will never dawn, in our hearts we'll remember MIchael in that light. A master of his art and his craft, and what we indeed hope to aspire to as well - a man with the wisdom and courage to endlessly seek to balance life through the imagination of a child.


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